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  • Staff turned to pedal power to raise money for ill children

    by Debbie Manning | Sep 25, 2018

    NHS workers turned to pedal power on Sunday, 23 September to raise money for seriously ill children in Luton and Bedfordshire.

    Staff got on their bikes for a 50 mile ride to fund the launch of the Beads of Courage initiative which supports children living with long term life-limiting conditions and marks each milestone in their treatment with a bead.

    The bike ride, hosted by Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust – delivers community health services for young people and children in Luton and Bedfordshire.

    The bike ride started at 9.30am at Grafham Water in Cambridgeshire and finished at Bedfordshire Football Association in Luton. 

    The event was held in memory of our colleague Mick Birch who died suddenly last year and was a great supporter of the Beads of Courage initiative, and we worked with Mick’s family, friends and former colleagues from 360 Sqn RAF to arrange this event.

    The Beads of Courage initiative gives children a bead for each procedure or milestone in their treatment. As their string of beads grows, they can use it to remember and retell the story of their treatment to friends and family. It is also about taking control of a tough situation. Each bead is their way of saying: “this isn’t easy, but I did it.”

    The beads also help to decrease illness related distress, increase the use of positive coping strategies, help children find meaning in illness and restore a sense of self in children coping with serious illness. 

    We exceeded our fund raising target for this bike ride of £3,500, which will provide sufficient beads for approximately 70 children.

    Bike Ride 24 09 2018
  • "SCBU saved my brother’s life"

    by Alex Keep | Sep 13, 2018

    Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust’s charity ‘dreamdrops’ received a donation of £100 for the Special Care Baby Unit at Hinchingbrooke Hospital along with £100 for the Rosie Hospital in Cambridge.

    The money was raised by Ilaria Di Rita (aged 9) whose brother was cared for on the unit.  Ilaria arranged for her class mates to meet at the park near Wheatfield’s School, in St Ives, where they did a sponsored danceathon and run to raise money for the unit.  Ilaria said: “I wanted to raise money for the unit who work hard every day and who saved my brother’s life.”

    Merinda Di Rita, Ilaira’s mother said:  "Luigino was extremely poorly when born. He had to have an emergency blood transfusion and was then rushed to the Rosie and put onto a life support machine. We were told after my C section that we only had around an hour to have him delivered otherwise it would have been a very different story.

    “That night we had consultants working on Luigino giving him blood transfusions. They worked quickly and ultimately because of this they saved his life.”

    Dr Nik Johnson, Consultant Paediatrician said: “We provide a high quality of care to all the children on the unit, and we are delighted to hear how well Luigino is progressing.  We are extremely grateful to Ilaria for raising this money which will greatly benefit the children in our care.”

    Anne-Marie Hamilton, Chairman of Dreamdrops said: “A huge thank you to Ilaria and her friends and what a wonderful way to raise money for the Special Care Baby Unit.  The money raised will be used to purchase baby massage mats. The unit offers mums and their babies the opportunity to come back to a massage class to help with their bonding and attachment. These will help to make the experience of baby massage much more comfortable.”

    For more information about our charity dreamdrops please visit:

    http://dreamdropschildrenscharity.org or email dreamdrops.dreamdrops@nhs.net.

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  • Quality is at the heart of all we do

    by Phillipa Davies | Sep 13, 2018

    Annual report 17-18 coverWe are proud to provide high quality services that enable people to live healthier lives and receive care closer to home.

    A few highlights include:

    • Launching iCaSH Express Test in Bedfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk where anyone aged over 16 with no symptoms, can test quickly and easily for sexually transmitted infections, using an online and postal service, without the need to visit a clinic.

    • Successfully completing two ‘Primary Care Home’ projects in Luton in partnership with GPs to improve clinical outcomes. The first involved comprehensive medication reviews for patients over the age of 75 taking more than 10 medications. The second engaged diabetic patients, particularly of South
    East Asian origin, in structured education programmes.

    • Introducing the Norfolk Just One Number single point of access and care co-ordination hub. This new approach enables parents and professionals to speedily access consistent and evidence based services, from the right healthcare professional within our Healthy Child Programme services.

    • Redesigning, with partners, a new integrated community musculoskeletal (MSK) model, which will bring together closely related MSK specialities - orthopaedic, pain management, rheumatology and spinal.

    • Introducing Chathealth in Cambridgeshire, a text based service that allows young people to seek advice and guidance on a range of issues from local health professionals.

    • Supporting staff at our Oliver Zangwill Centre for Neuropsychological Rehabilitation and within our iCaSH service, to complete the Health Education East Quality Improvement Fellows Programme. This will result in the design of a client evaluation system for neuro-rehabilitation patients and improve the
    wellbeing of people living with HIV through clinical psychologist-led support groups.

    To read more about our achievements, please see our latest Annual Report 2017-18.

  • Fantastic achievements raise £1,500 for local children’s ward

    by Kirstie Flack | Aug 28, 2018

    Coastal walk collage

    In Spring 2017 Jonathan Smith, from St Neots, started a 100 mile coastal trek from Hunstanton to Lowestoft, the most easterly point in Great Britain. Jonathan’s epic walk was to raise money for the dreamdrops charity and Holly children’s ward run by Cambridgeshire Community Service NHS Trust.

    Jonthan’s son was taken very ill after two weeks of having an everyday cold, followed by sinusitis.  Jonathan said: “My son was diagnosed with orbital cellulitis putting him at high risk of blood poisoning, losing his eye or hearing or, even worse, meningitis. 

    "After two weeks of intensive drug treatment, he thankfully recovered. Having spent every day and night by his side and feeling totally helpless, I decided to raise money to buy more toys, computers and iPads having seen how those already on Holly ward provided a welcome distraction, enabling the kids to just be children again, irrespective of their illness or condition.”

    Jonathan planned to walk nearly 100 miles continuously, day and night but after 56 km his walk was cut short at Sheringham due to a reoccurrence of a back injury.  After extensive physiotherapy to cope with his chronic back condition Jonathan embarked on the remaining 80km of his route on 21 June.  After staying in Sheringham overnight Jonathan started the final leg at 3am, aiming to finish by 9pm that night. 

    Jonathan said: “The night before the walk was terrible with very high winds rocking the caravan from side to side. I left after 3am and had to take it steady as the wind was really strong walking along the open cliff top.

    “But after a full day of trekking through different terrains and beautiful scenery I completed the walk at 10pm. This was a huge challenge for me and one that has had its ups and downs but I am pleased to have been able to raise money for this worthy charity.”

    Anne-Marie Hamilton, chairman of dreamdrops said; “Jonathan showed real grit and determination as part of his walk was over soft sand dunes, which must have been hard to walk on, when you are already feeling exhausted. 

    “It has taken real courage to go back to where you had to leave off, in order to complete the challenge that he set himself as this was over some desolate and isolated areas.  He has raised a fantastic £1,500 through his walks and his night trek up Snowdon.  We cannot thank him enough for his continued efforts in raising money for dreamdrops.”

    Jonathan added: “I really cannot thank the doctors and nurses enough for all they did for our family. Whilst the challenges I have faced have been daunting, raising funds is incredibly rewarding and I’d encourage others to do so; it doesn’t have to involve physical challenges, just donating whatever you can afford makes a difference.  It’s great to see that the money raised is being used to benefit the children on the ward.”

     If you would like to donate to Jonathan’s fund-raising coastal walk visit: https://www.justgiving.com/Jonathan-Smith57 or for more information about our charity dreamdrops please visit: http://dreamdropschildrenscharity.org or email dreamdrops.dreamdrops@nhs.net.

     

  • 'Trailblazing role’ in improving patient experience

    by Phillipa Davies | Aug 16, 2018

    Visitors, patients and staff can use our new accessibility tracker to find out aboutDisabledGo access to the service they are visiting, thanks to a partnership with DisabledGo.com.

    This resource will be a great help to disabled people, their carers, friends and family. It will equally be of help to people who would just like to know more about areas and facilities at these sites, such as parking, walking distances, main entrances and toilets.

    Matthew Winn, Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to be working with DisabledGo.com to ensure there is now a huge amount of readily available information about the accessibility of our health premises. The Trust delivers care across four counties to some of the most vulnerable in our communities and they will now be able to see information that will allow them to plan their visit in advance. The detail they find will hopefully make them feel more confident, especially if visiting for the first time; improving their experience of our services.”

    Most importantly, all the details have been checked in person, so you can be sure you’ll get all the facts.

    Commenting on the new service, Anna Nelson, Executive Director at DisabledGo.com said: “It was clear from today’s launch that the Trust is committed to inclusion, improving patient experience and delivering quality care. I believe the DisabledGo initiative has a really important part to play and will only strengthen the wider programme of work already underway.

    “The service is for anyone who needs to know more about accessibility, but is equally helpful for people who may be feeling anxious about visiting an unfamiliar place.

    “The Trust is one of the first community health providers to work with DisabledGo and I hope that this trailblazing role will be recognised and emulated in the future.”

    To find our available access guides simply visit the our site page or go to: www.disabledgo.com/organisations/cambridgeshire-community-services-nhs-trust

  • Beads of Courage 3rd Year Anniversary Tea Party

    by Kirstie Flack | Aug 06, 2018

     

    Beads of Courage Tea Party collage


    The Bridge Church, St Ives, was the place to be for local families celebrating the Beads of Courage third anniversary.

    Children living with long term life-limiting conditions and their families celebrated with a tea party along with members of staff from Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust.

    Mags Hirst, play specialist, children's community nursing team said: “We have been incredibly blessed to have an amazing support network of fundraisers who have thrown themselves into a huge array of events to enable us to not only expand the number of children who have beads of courage but also to future proof the programme for many, many years to come – we cannot thank you enough.

    “A huge thank you to everyone who helped plan this year’s party by providing ideas and feedback, also a huge thank you to all the children who lent us their beads to show the fundraisers.  They have inspired our many fundraisers to throw their all into raising loads of money, as your beads have shown them just how brave and courageous you all are.

    “Today there are some very special youngsters here who are the unsung heroes who help out at home, making sure their brother or sister are ok and often spending hours hanging out in hospital.

    Today we salute; Mollie, Alfie, Jack, Charlie, Dan and Abbie.  Thank you all for coming along today to help us celebrate our 3rd birthday!”

    Claire Reece, Hugo’s mum said: “It’s great to have a chart of Hugo’s journey over the years, showing the medical treatments he has had.

    “Hugo is nine now, and so far we have beads up to his 4th birthday.  I have also written dairies since he was born so we can go back and find out what beads he needs.

    “Mags is wonderful and we were really pleased when children in the community could collect the beads as well. Martha my daughter puts all the beads together for Hugo and she really enjoys being part of his journey as well, it’s fantastic and all the children enjoy it.”

    The Octagon Cycling Club in Ely cycled 200 miles and raised £5,000 for Beads of Courage!  Andy Thomas and Geoff Wilkinson presented the cheque to Sarah Hardman, children’s community nurse.  Andy said: “The team go out and ride two or three times a week and through the connection of one of the riders, Neil Bowman, whose sister Sarah Hardman works at the Trust, we decided that the Beads of Courage would be one of our chosen charities this year.

    “We wanted to support a local charity where you can see the money being used.  We were delighted to raise the money for such a worthy cause.”

    Matthew Winn, Chief Executive for the Trust thanked everyone for coming: “All of you here today work hard as parents and families throughout the year but our team, especially Mags, in terms of her role and the rest of the community nursing role, spend 365 days a year supporting people across the county so can I just say a huge thank you to the team who do such a fabulous job!!

    If anyone would like to donate to this worthy cause the charitable fund for donations is TSC13 /1108920/Cambs mental health and primary care trust charitable fund.




  • Luton health visitors international Baby Friendly Award

    by Debbie Manning | Jul 31, 2018

    Our Luton health visitors are proud to hold the prestigious UNICEF Baby Friendly Award – international recognition for their work promoting and supporting breastfeeding.

    The Baby Friendly Initiative, set up by UNICEF and the World Health Organisation, is a global programme which provides a practical and effective way for health services to improve the care provided for all mothers and babies.rganis

    In the UK, the charity works with public services to protect, promote and support breastfeeding and to strengthen mother-baby and family relationships. The award is given to show that recognised best practice standards are in place.

    Linda Masterson (centre) with Sue Ashmore, UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative Programme Director
     
  • Taverham High School Celebrated as ChatHealth Ambassadors

    by Alex Keep | Jul 18, 2018

    A collection of bright young students from Taverham High School have been honoured as ChatHealth Ambassadors by the NHS Norfolk Children & Young People’s Services. Fourteen students from year ten received an award for their outstanding participation in promoting a text messaging for young people aged 13 -19 called ChatHealth.

    Group Photo

    Each of the students in the ELF team (everyone’s listening friend) from Taverham High School volunteered to be a ChatHealth Ambassador over the last academic year to raise awareness of the service. Also to highlight some of the most common topics discussed including: emotional health, relationship advice, healthy eating, smoking cessation, bullying and exam stress.

    The ChatHealth Ambassadors at Taverham High School spoke about ChatHealth and their experience as ambassadors over the past year:

    2 CH ambassadors

    “We took ChatHealth round the year 9 and year 10 forms in the school. We gave a little presentation to show them the animation and talked about when and how they could contact ChatHealth. We also handed out lots of ChatHealth cards and put up pull tab posters in each of the form rooms. We’ve already had feedback from teachers telling us that lots of students have taken the pull tabs with the ChatHe

    alth number on.”

    “ChatHealth has brought getting help at school into the modern day. Being able to just text a number is really normal now, because everyone has a phone. It makes it so easy, and allows you to talk to someone in the comfort of your home without having to go anywhere”

    “Before ChatHealth we wouldn’t have known how to get help without going and speaking to someone at school. Which puts people off, because you then have to tell someone at school about a problem face to face.  Whereas with ChatHealth it’s just there on a screen, so it’s much easier to be open.”

    The ChatHealth Ambassador scheme was created in partnership by Taverham High School and Norfolk Children and Young People’s Services to get young people engaged their own health and wellbeing.

    Glynis Killington. Key Stage 3 Pastoral Student Support, Taverham High School stated:

    “Working with other agencies is something that we embrace at Taverham High School. The ELF Team (Everyone’s Listening Friend) is our Peer Support Project. Part of the training to become an ELF has included students becoming a ChatHealth Ambassador. And over last year the ELF Team has done a fantastic job running ChatHealth promotional sessions every term. Their efforts have really helped to support the service within our school community.”

    Sian Larrington Head of Service, Norfolk Children and Young People’s Services said:

    “We are so thankful to our ChatHealth Ambassadors from Taverham High School. It’s so important to get our young people involved in promoting a service designed for them. Thanks to the example set by these brilliant and passionate students, we look to continue developing our promotional campaigns and enlisting more young people to be ChatHealth ambassadors. Ultimately we want to ensure all young people in Norfolk know who to text for help.”

    To access ChatHealth all users have to do is text 07480 635 060 and a conversation will begin. Norfolk Children and Young People’s Services are now looking for more schools to get involved in the ambassadors scheme and provide schools with lots of promotion materials to advertise the service to students. To get involved schools should contact them on 0300 300 0123.

  • Local Freemasons raise £300 for Special Care Baby Unit​

    by Kirstie Flack | Jul 16, 2018

    Cambridgeshire Community Services NDavid Redden handing cheque to Anne-Marie HamiltonHS Trust’s charity ‘dreamdrops’ has received a donation of £300 for the Special Care Baby Unit at Hinchingbrooke Hospital.

    The money, which was raised by the Chicheley Lodge of Freemason & the Provincial Grand Charity of Northants & Hunts Freemasons, is being used to purchase a wardrobe for the newly refurbished parents’ room.

    Anne-Marie Hamilton, Chairman of the ‘dreamdrops’ fundraising committee said: “We are extremely grateful to Chicheley Lodge for their continued support, and for this very generous donation.

    “The money will enable us to buy a new wardrobe for the parents’ room, which is currently being refurbished to make their stay on the ward more comfortable.”

    David Redden, Charity Steward at Chicheley Lodge said: “The money was raised through a Rock ‘n’ Roll night and a raffle.  We raised £150 and this was enhanced by The Pro Grand Charity enabling us to give £300.

    “We wanted to support a local charity and the ‘dreamdrops’ charity is such a worthwhile organisation.”

    Money raised through ‘dreamdrops’ is used to provide additional items for the Special Care Baby Unit and Children’s Ward, as well as children who are cared for at home. For further information on how you can help raise funds for the charity please visit www.dreamdropschildrenscharity.org or email dreamdrops.dreamdrops@nhs.net.

    Photo: David Redden, Charity Steward, Chicheley Lodge and Anne-Marie Hamilton, Chairman of dreamdrops.

  • A fantastic £550 raised for our local children’s unit!

    by Kirstie Flack | Jul 11, 2018
    Claire Reece handing over cheque          Claire and family (2)

    Congratulations to Claire Reece, who took part in the Cambridge half marathon on Sunday 4th March in aid of the dreamdrops charity, run by Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust.

    Claire's son Hugo is a regular user of the children’s unit at Hinchingbrooke Hospital and the dreamdrops charity is very close to their hearts.

    Claire said: "16 months ago I decided to take up running wanting to get fit. After a few months of training I found out I was pregnant but continued to train as long as I could.

    "After having my son Etienne 7 months ago I went back to training and 6 weeks later ran the Cambridge half marathon! It was a huge challenge but I wanted to give something back to the wonderful team on the Children’s Unit."

    Anne-Marie Hamilton, Chair of dreamdrops said: "What a wonderful achievement just 7 months after having her baby. The money raised will go towards buying those little extras for the unit; we cannot thank Claire enough for her support."

    For more information about our charity dreamdrops please visit:

    http://dreamdropschildrenscharity.org or email dreamdrops.dreamdrops@nhs.net.

    Photos: Claire Reece handing over cheque to Anne-Marie Hamilton, Chair of dreamdrops and Eric (4), Hugo (9), Hilary (2), Claire Reece, Etienne (7mnths) and Martha (7).

     

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