Award winning maternity services The innovative work being carried out by midwifery teams, community volunteers and partner organisations to improve maternity services in Cornwall has seen Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust (RCHT) scoop four awards at the International Midwifery Conference Awards.
Part of the annual International Midwifery Conference, the awards provide an opportunity for midwifery professionals to update knowledge, share best practice and experiences with colleagues from around the world. RCHT teams were shortlisted in five categories: Transformation Innovation, Maternity Voices, Sustainability Innovation, Inclusion and the Built Environment.
Huge congratulations to Midwifery Matron, Zoe Nelson who was overall winner of the Transformation Innovation category for her vital role in the successful project to ImproveWell; an app that provides an easy way for colleagues to put forward ideas for improvements to care or staff wellbeing and to support them in making them happen.
There were also highly commended awards for the collaborative work with Kernow Maternity Voices Partnership, in the Built Environment category for the new Truro Birth Unit, and, hot on the heels of a BAME national award, in the Inclusion category for the Teyluva Midwifery Team and Traveller Space Charity for their new model of care for the gypsy and traveller community.
Consultant Midwife Angela Bellamy, Midwife Amy Keats and Nicki Burnett from Kernow Maternity Voices Partnership also presented their work to international delegates at seminar during the conference.
It is great to see the innovative developments being introduced in Cornwall being recognised on the international stage – well done to everyone involved.
Winter pressures: We are continuing to experience pressure on all parts of our health and social care system. Last week, NHS England issued a level 2 cold weather alert following a significant drop in temperatures.
Severe cold weather can increase health risks to vulnerable people, including people older than 65, those living with long term health conditions and carers, and can also disrupt the delivery of services. It is important that all health and care providers remain vigilant. There is a guide containing information to help people to stay well this winter on the NHS website. This includes advice on how to keep warm and well, including advice on benefits; information on how to protect against the 10 most common winter illnesses, including norovirus, and sore throats.
All health and care staff have been working together to make sure people receive the care they need over this winter period. The public are being asked to plan ahead and use the most appropriate place for the care and support they need, including pharmacies, the brilliant network of minor injury units around the county and the 24 hour urgent treatment centre at West Cornwall Hospital in Penzance. People with long term conditions are being advised to take prescribed medicines and to seek help early from a GP, or by calling 111 if symptoms are getting worse, as that could avoid admission to hospital later on. Please help to spread these messages in your areas.
Self Care: This week is National Self Care Week. Run by the Self Care Forum . The week sees traditional health and care organisations joined by a huge range of groups and individuals such as schools, universities, businesses, parks and gyms across the country to raise awareness about what people can do for themselves.
To mark the occasion the President of the Forum, Dr Pete Smith, wrote an article explaining why it is so important to patients.
We recognise that many people want to look after themselves as well as they can and want to be reassured they are getting it right. All parts of our health and care system are working together to make care and support more personal and help people to lead healthier lives.
This means helping people understand what they can do to take care of their own health better, and to make safe decisions on when and how to self-treat common symptoms. We also provide information and advice on when it is safer to seek help or advice and where to get that advice, whether it’s online, a pharmacy, NHS 111, a surgery or the emergency department.
The theme of this year’s Self Care Week is “Think self care for life’. To coincide with this the forum has worked with health professionals and NHS England to produce a free easy to use e-learning package titled ‘Successful self-care aware consultations’ to help pharmacists, nurses, GPs and other professionals to include self-care messages in all their contacts.
Supporting victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence: We are very proud to be a member of Safer Cornwall, a partnership of public, voluntary, community and private organisations who come together to do all that they can to make Cornwall’s communities safer.
An event was held at Truro Cathedral on Monday to raise awareness of gender-based violence and highlight the support available across Cornwall for victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence.
In Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly there were an estimated 21,000 incidents of domestic abuse and 3,000 incidents of sexual violence during 2017.
You can find out more about the event here
Last week staff from Healthwatch Cornwall held drop in sessions at RCHT Treliske and Falmouth Hospital and Health Centre as part of its regular programme to enable people receiving and delivering health services to give their views. This week the team will be visiting Derriford, Liskeard and Launceston hospitals.
We are asking the public to fill in the Mental Health Strategy online survey. The development of the new Adult Mental Health Strategy is a key part of our work to improve mental health services in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly so we are asking all our partners to help promote the survey. You can read copies of the full draft Mental Health Strategy and the summary document on the NHS Kernow website.
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Articles / media releases (about or related to LTP)
15 November: Maternity team shines at international midwifery conference (LTP Priority 1 : improve maternity services
19 November: Truro event to highlight support available to victim of domestic abuse (LTP Priority 3 increase support for people to live a healthier life)
21 November: New provider of sexual health services in Cornwall is announced (LTP Priority 3 increase support for people to live a healthier life)
21 November: Residents in Cornwall are urged to plan ahead for their health in the cold weather season (LTP Priority 3 increase support for people to live a healthier life)
NHS England briefings / blogs / news releases (about or related to LTP)
18 November: Patient empowerment is vital: The President of the Self Care Forum marks the start of Self Care Week with a message to the system as to why it’s so important to patients. LTP Priority 4 Make care and support more personal (LTP Priority 3 increase support for people to live a healthier life)
18 November: Cold weather alert (LTP Priority 3 increase support for people to live a healthier life)
19 November: Learn about the NHS Diabetes Prevention programme this Diabetes Awareness Month – Dr Ian McDermott; GP, GPsi Diabetes and Diabetes Clinical lead for NHS Leeds CCG, explains what healthcare professionals can expect from the new NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP) e-learning module and why they should take 30 minutes out of their busy schedules to complete it (LTP Priority 6 Review pathways of care to improve outcomes for people with major health conditions)