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  • New 3D pain distraction unit glasses donated to our dreamdrops charity

    by Kirstie Flack | Jan 30, 2019

    3d pain distraction unit

    A huge thank you to Pravin Jethwa from Amazing Interactives who visited staff at Hinchingbrooke Hospital to demonstrate our new 3D pain distraction glasses. 

    The glasses will be used by patients in the hospital and also out in the community. 

    The money was raised by Davey Grover Accountants through our #CCSdreamdrops charity.  For more information about #CCSdreamdrops or to find out how to raise money for this worthy cause please visit:


  • The future management of children’s services on the Hinchingbrooke Hospital site

    by Kirstie Flack | Jan 17, 2019

    Joint statement issued on behalf of John Peberdy, Children’s Services Director of Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust and Dr Kanchan Rege, Medical Director of North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust:

    Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust (CCS) and North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust (NWAngliaFT) are working on plans to transfer the management of the inpatient and outpatient Children’s Services based in Hinchingbrooke Hospital and the employment of these staff to NWAngliaFT.

    Children’s services at the Hinchingbrooke site are delivered by committed professionals that are highly valued by local families for their quality and accessibility. This will not change as a result of a transfer taking place. The existing range of services delivered will continue to be provided by the same clinicians at the Hinchingbrooke Hospital site.

    The additional investment agreed by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group at its board meeting on 7 January is welcome news and will enable additional staff to be employed to continue to provide a high quality service for local families.

    Both CCS NHS Trust and NWAngliaFT are committed to ensuring a smooth transfer and continuity of services.


    Alex Keep
    Communications Manager, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust
    Tel:  01480 308266 Email:

    Mandy Ward, Head of Communications, North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust
    Tel: 01733 678017 Email:

  • Christmas Craft Fair raises money for Holly Ward and Special Care Baby Unit

    by Kirstie Flack | Dec 17, 2018

    Donation to dreamdrops from Bridge Church St IvesThe Bridge Church in St Ives have raised £343.90 for Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust’s charity, ‘dreamdrops.’

    The money was raised by people paying an entry fee and a donation from this went to the charity. The stallholders also donated money from their takings. The stalls included crocheted items, cupcakes, Christmas crafts and much more.

    Becky Richards, who organised the craft fair said: “We wanted to support a local charity and a number of children who are part of our church family have benefitted from the great work that dreamdrops does with Holly Ward and the Special Care Baby Unit at Hinchingbrooke Hospital.

    “We feel it’s a privilege to have children with additional needs in our church and believe they should be given as much support as possible.”

    Helen Carlson’s son William has been a regular on Holly Ward since he was born 8 years ago.  Helen said: “William has many complex medical needs and requires more hospital admissions and appointments than most people. We are so grateful to have a children's ward as wonderful as Holly Ward so close by. The staff are all so friendly and caring and help to make stays there as easy on our family as possible.”

    Anne-Marie Hamilton, Chairman of the ‘dreamdrops’ fundraising committee said: “I would like to thank the members of The Bridge Church at St Ives for raising funds for 'dreamdrops' at their Christmas Fair.  As it is Christmas time, we would like to put the money towards some new toys for the patients on Holly Ward and for the siblings of babies who are being nursed on the Special Care Baby Unit.”

    For further information on how you can help raise funds for the charity please visit or email


    Back row from left to right: Helen Carlson, Anne-Marie – Chairman of dreamdrops and Becky Richards.
    Front row from left to right: Millie Higginson, William Carlson and Phoebe Higginson.

  • Holding the Child in Mind - Norfolk Mental Health Conference

    by Rachel Johnson | Dec 13, 2018

    Norfolk Children and Young People’s Services hosted their first ever Children and Young People’s Mental Health Conference to mark the launch of their Emotional Health Pathway. The conference saw attendance from over 250 professionals from across the children’s workforce in Norfolk.

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    The conference was headlined by key note speaker Robin Balbernie, a nationally respected child psychotherapist, who has influenced infant and children’s mental health across the UK for the past 25 years.

    Throughout the day a breakout marketplace hosted stands for partner organisations and other Healthy Child Programme pathways. This created a hub of activity for sharing best practice, celebrating success and encouraging collaborative working.

    The Emotional Health Pathway is based on providing a high quality early intervention service and their new call sign “Hold the child in mind” encapsulates the multi-agency whole system approach in Norfolk.  It has even started a new hashtag on social media - #NorfolkHCIM.

    The pathway’s holistic approach focuses on the broader emotional support that accompanies any care package or intervention, as the service continues to strengthen its focus on what is best for families, children and young people in Norfolk.

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

    “We are delighted that so many professionals were interested in the conference. I believe the Emotional Health Pathway has an ethos that is equally embedded throughout all the services we deliver, where our staff are focussed on making every contact. This is instilled as a way of practice in all of our teams, from our administrators handling calls through to our staff undertaking home visits or individual sessions with children and young people, where our approach is to actively seek to offer emotional support at a very early stage for families, children and young people in Norfolk.”

    To find out more about the Emotional Health Pathway watch this animation:


  • New Sexual Health Clinic Opens in Bedfordshire

    by Sarah Turner | Nov 19, 2018
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    Obtaining sexual health advice and testing is now easier than ever for residents of south Bedfordshire due to a new integrated Contraception and Sexual Health (iCaSH) clinic.

    The latest Dunstable Priory clinic was officially opened on Friday 9th November 2018 and is the second bespoke hub in the county, bringing all aspects of sexual health under one roof.

    Since moving from Kirby Road surgery, clinic availability at Dunstable Priory has increased from once a week to three times a week and services have expanded to include:

    • Contraception,
    • Treatment and testing for sexually transmitted infections,
    • HIV care and treatment, and
    • Psychosexual counselling.

    Cllr Brian Spurr, Executive Member for Health at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “This is a fantastic clinic right on our doorsteps and I was glad to see it launched.
    “Sexual health check-ups should be different to visiting the dentist or doctor and, along with the online testing that iCash is providing for us, we hope it will really have an impact for our residents.”

    Greg Owen, Co-founder of IwantPrEPnow, a website which facilitates the safe purchase of genuine generic PrEP (the HIV prevention dug) cut the ribbon at the launch event. Mr Owen said, “Sex, intimacy and connection are such integral and intrinsic components of our nature and when those things are out of balance, under threat or in the worst cases exploited, it’s the whole person that’s impacted, not just their sex life.
    “Services like these have played a huge part in my life previously and to walk into a clinic space and feel comfortable and at ease to talk without fear or judgement or shaming is so important.”

    Cambridgeshire Community Services (CCS) NHS Trust has been delivering integrated Contraception and Sexual Health services (known as iCaSH Bedfordshire) in partnership with Brook and Terrence Higgins Trust since November 2016.

    Cllr Louise Jackson, Portfolio Holder for Public Health at Bedford Borough Council, said: “Sexual health is an important and integral part of our overall health and the services at this modern, welcoming clinic in Dunstable are playing a vital role in improving the sexual health of the south Bedfordshire community by providing men and women with contraception that suits them, offering testing and treatment for a range of sexually transmitted infections and a safe space to talk about sex and relationships.”

    In addition to the hub in Dunstable, which is open to all Bedfordshire residents, CCS NHS Trust has a hub in Bedford – Kings Brook – and continues to work with Brook and Terrence Higgins Trust, who provide community outreach services including free condoms, Chlamydia screening and sexual health advice and signposting.

    Additional clinics can also be found across the county in Biggleswade, Houghton Regis and Leighton Buzzard.

    Please visit for more information.

  • Homeless people in Luton to receive flu vaccinations

    by Debbie Manning | Nov 07, 2018

    A project to help homeless people in Luton receive flu vaccinations commences this week, when a team of health care professionals join forces to hold flu prevention drop-in clinics at a welfare centre for the homeless.

    Following the success of last year’s flu prevention clinics, this year’s drop-in sessions are being held at the NOAH Welfare Shelter in Luton on Tuesday 6 and Tuesday 20 November from 9am to 4pm.

    Nurses from Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust (CCS) are administering the flu vaccinations and carrying out a mini health assessment to homeless people who attend the drop-in clinics. This winter service is being carried out alongside the weekly health clinic provided to Luton’s homeless by GPs from the Larkside Practice, which is commissioned by NHS Luton Clinical Commissioning Group(LCCG).  Luton Total Wellbeing Service will also be in attendance between 11.00am and 1.00pm to offer advice in relation to services available within the community.

    Together the four organisations aim to help prevent the most vulnerable people who live on the streets of the town, from contracting a serious illness over the winter period.

    Dr Chirag Bakhai, GP and Luton CCG’s Deputy Clinical Chair, said: “When the weather turns cold, the consequences can be potentially life threatening for Luton's homeless. By working closely together, we can offer our vulnerable homeless population flu vaccinations along with their weekly health assessments, which will help towards protecting their health this winter.”

    Linda Sharkey, Service Director of CCS, said: "Last year I had the flu and it was awful - but I was in a warm comfortable home with support. It would be unimaginable for the majority of us to consider being ill and being homeless. We are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of the most vulnerable people in Luton and will be also running our annual 'warm coats' scheme to support homeless people.”

    Paul Prosser, Head of Welfare Services at NOAH Enterprise, said: “NOAH seeks to alleviate poverty for the most disadvantaged people in society. Facilitating access to primary healthcare such as flu vaccinations can reduce emergency admissions and is often the start of a journey of recovery which can help people move away from homelessness into sustainable living’.

    For more information visit:

  • Louis Rolfe MBE Opens Our New Children's Centre

    by Kirstie Flack | Oct 23, 2018

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    Louis Rolfe MBE, GB Paralympic Champion opens children and young people’s
    community health services centre

    Louis Rolfe MBE and Paralympic Champion was given a warm welcome by children, families and staff as he officially opened the Peacock Centre on the Brookfield's campus in Cambridge today.

    Dr Alison Sansome, Clinical Director for Children & Young People’s Services, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust explained: “We have completely refurbished the Peacock Centre, creating bespoke accommodation for a wide range of community health services, ensuring children and their families can be cared for in a holistic way with all their needs met under one roof.  I cannot think of anyone more fitting to open the Centre than Louis who, as a GB Paralympian, is an inspiration for every child who is living with a disability or health condition to reach for their dreams; exactly our ethos at the Centre.”Louis Rolfe

    Speaking at the opening, Louis said: “I know from first hand experience the difference that skilled and compassionate community health clinicians can make to a child and their ability to maximise their potential.  I have so many positive memories of how local services made a difference to me and my family and I cannot commend these wonderful staff enough. 

    "I am extremely proud to have been asked to officially open the Centre today and I wish you all – children, families and staff – the very best for the future.”

    Services provided from the Peacock Centre include: 

    • speech and language therapy,
    • occupational therapy,
    • physiotherapy,
    • community paediatrics,
    • audiology,
    • family nursing partnership,
    • health visitors,
    • school nurses,
    • community nursing,
    • early support services.
  • New State-of-the-art Physio Facility Open to Patients

    by Sarah Turner | Oct 22, 2018

    CCS NHS Trust is delighted to announce that the first phase of its £8 million redevelopment of the North Cambridgeshire Hospital in Wisbech is now complete.

    This means the Trust’s DynamicHealth musculoskeletal (MSK) physiotherapy services have moved from their previous location on site to newly-refurbished accommodation within two ‘arms’ of the formerly vacant Rowan Lodge and will open to the public on Monday 22nd October 2018.

    The exciting development will vastly improve facilities for patients, visitors and staff by offering:

    • Light and airy accommodation
    • Private clinic rooms to provide privacy and dignity
    • A spacious, well-equipped gym for classes, one-to-one rehabilitation and self-directed gym sessions
    • Increased class capacity
    • A dedicated Physio Advice Line room where patients who have self referred can speak to physiotherapists
    • A new disability-friendly reception with self check-in
    • The latest technology to enable patients to view their x-rays/scans
    • Meeting areas for patient education sessions
    • A media screen in the waiting area with patient information
    • Water coolers
    • Accessible toilets

    Sarah Saul, DynamicHealth Manager, explained: "We’re thrilled to be moving our musculoskeletal physiotherapy and specialist service into Rowan Lodge. This provides a state-of-the-art, modern and fit for the future department for both staff to work in and patients to receive treatment."

    Steve Barclay MP said: “It is a very welcome development to see the new physio services at North Cambs Hospital as part of the first phase of this £8million improvement. It is important that we continue to increase the number of services offered to treat people locally at North Cambs, Doddington and Ely rather than requiring journeys to large hospitals.”

    Raj Thirunageswaram, MSK Physiotherapist and Operational Team Lead for Peterborough and Wisbech, said: “I’m delighted with the development of these new DynamicHealth facilities at Rowan Lodge for our growing musculoskeletal service. This will enable us to continue providing a high level of MSK physiotherapy and specialist care to the patients in the local Wisbech and surrounding areas. Our new facilities now also have a spacious gym and therefore we can offer more classes and manage our patients more effectively. I feel very excited for the team as they have these new premises and more modern infrastructure which gives them a better environment to work in.”

    Fiona Bennett, Team Lead Physio, added: “We’re thrilled to be moving into such a light, modern space after trying to make the most of our current space for so long. Our new home will allow us to continue to provide excellent care to our patients and have the space to develop our service in the future, incorporating classes and education sessions to further promote self-management of MSK conditions.”

    New gym
  • 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: or email

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