• Passion, drive and enthusiasm recognised with Trust award

    by Kirstie Flack | Oct 04, 2017

    Sarah Clarke Infant Feeding Lead - NorfolkSarah Clark, specialist health practitioner in Healthy Lifestyles and Norfolk infant feeding lead, based in Norfolk, has been awarded the Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust’s Shine a Light award.

    Sarah was nominated by Wendy Housden, assistant practitioner, for working relentlessly and passionately over the past 6 months, working well beyond her normal hours.

    Wendy said: “Sarah has led the new team of infant feeding champions and together they have raised standards across the service whilst working towards the Unicef Baby Friendly Initiative Level 3 reaccreditation.

    “Sarah is always up-to-date with new research around infant feeding and quickly shares her knowledge with the team and wider workforce. Without her passion, drive and enthusiasm we would not have achieved the Unicef Level 3 reaccreditation, which is a fantastic achievement!  She is an amazing, fun and supportive lady.”

    The “Shine a Light” scheme allows members of the public to nominate staff who have delivered a fantastic service and made a real difference to their lives. Trust staff are also encouraged to nominate their colleagues.

    On winning the award Sarah said: “I was really surprised when I was contacted by the communications team to tell me I had won a shine a light award. 

    “Myself and the infant feeding champions have worked so hard on the Baby Friendly Initiative reaccreditation as a team and all have gone above and beyond to make sure we reached the standard. 

    “They have been a great team who have come together initially to achieve a specific task around infant feeding, from each locality, not knowing each other but in the process we have developed great friendships and a real sense of team spirit and co-working which ultimately led to our reaccreditation. I'm really chuffed that they nominated me - thank you ladies.”

    Every month a member of staff or a team are selected from a list of nominations as the “Shine a Light” award winner. If you would like to nominate a member of staff or a team who has gone the extra mile for you, you can nominate online at

    Photo: Infant feeding champions/health visiting assistant practitioners Linda Ol, Charlotte Goff, (Anita Pisani, deputy chief executive), Sarah Clark, Wendy Housden and Nicola Jones.
  • Disruption near Brookfields, Cambridge

    by Phillipa Davies | Sep 29, 2017

    There will be a road closure in place on Mill Road, from the traffic lights with Brooks Road to Madras Road from 2 - 27 October. Access in to the site will be maintained.

    However, when exiting the site, from:

    • 2 – 21 October 2017 There will be no left turn. You will only be able to turn right when leaving Brookfields.
    • 22 - 29 October 2017 There will be no right turn. You will only be able to turn left when leaving Brookfields.

    There will be a diversion in place via Coleridge Road, (see the purple route on the map below).
    Brookfields Diversion Route

    Brookfields Diversion Route

    Please leave extra time to get to any appointments at Lime Tree Clinic in Cambridge.

    If you have any queries please contact Cambridge Water on 01223 706050.D

  • Parents supported to give their babies love, care and nourishment

    by Kirstie Flack | Sep 29, 2017

    Lisa Wright and the infant feeding teamLisa Wright, infant feeding lead and the Cambridgeshire Infant Feeding team were recently awarded the Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust’s Shine a Light award.

    Lisa and team were nominated by Fleur Seekins, clinical lead, for successfully achieving the baby friendly accreditation stage 2.

    Fleur said: “Well done to Lisa Wright who has developed and supported a new team to successfully achieve baby friendly accreditation stage 2. The team is multi-talented consisting of auditors, trainers, infant feeding advisors and project support. 

    “During the past year the team has been able to evidence a huge increase in staff knowledge and confidence. They have achieved this through bespoke individual staff sessions and most importantly with their culture of kindness approach. Fundamentally it is families that benefit from this, as new parents are supported to give their babies love, care and nourishment they need to get the best start in life. 

    “The team work hard to ensure that the Cambridgeshire’s breastfeeding statistics remain above national average. This is achieved through raising awareness that breastfeeding matters, effective support to mothers and their families and restricting promotion of formula milks and foods. The healthy child programme is incredibly proud of the team and the whole workforce for their achievement in gaining stage 2 baby friendly accreditation.”

    The “Shine a Light” scheme allows members of the public to nominate staff who have delivered a fantastic service and made a real difference to their lives. Trust staff are also encouraged to nominate their colleagues.

    On winning the award Lisa said: “I am thrilled that this award recognises the hard work of all of my healthy child program colleagues in achieving Stage 2 of the Baby Friendly Initiative. We couldn't have done this without their support and the dedication of all the Infant Feeding Team. CCS has been incredibly supportive of the journey and I look forward to us gaining Stage 3 next year!”

    Every month a member of staff or a team are selected from a list of nominations as the “Shine a Light” award winner. If you would like to nominate a member of staff or a team who has gone the extra mile for you, you can nominate online at

    Photo: (Hannah Mora - Health Visitor, Jo Beynon - Infant Feeding Advisor/ Nursery Nurse, Mathew Winn, Chief Executive, Clare Leaton - Training Co- Ordinator, Jo Thompson -Infant Feeding Advisor/ Nursery Nurse, Elizabeth Kurleto Slabber -Infant Feeding Advisor/ Nursery Nurse, Lisa Wright - 0-19 Specialist for Healthy Lifestyles/ Infant Feeding - plus Vicki Dye - Service Improvement and Project Support for 0-19 HCP - not in the photo).
  • Fundraiser pounds the streets for dreamdrops

    by Debbie Manning | Sep 12, 2017

    Runner Ricky Taylor, 31, from St Neots, raised almost £1000 after he completed the Great North Run on Sunday 10 September.

    Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust’s charity, ‘dreamdrops’’, is set to receive the donation for children who are either being nursed on Holly Ward or the Special Care Baby Unit at Hinchingbrooke Hospital, or who are being nursed in the community.  The money will be used to purchase those little extras to make life a little more comfortable for children when they are unwell.

    Ricky said: “I choose the dreamdrops charity because I wanted to give something back to a local charity.  Once I read what fantastic work dreamdrops do for the children and the local community that was enough for me.

    “I was due to run on my own, but my friend Ben Reading was doing the run also, so we run together for about 10 miles, which helped me massively.  My training has been a bit sketchy to say the least, and I trained regularly up to 10 miles at a time on the streets of St Neots.  I knew if I could do that then the great crowd in the north east would get me to the finish line, which they did thankfully.”Ricky Taylor - Great North Run - Sept 2017

    The Great North Run is one the biggest half marathons in the world.  Ricky completed the 13.1 mile half marathon in 1 hour 48 mins, and came 5746th out of 44,000 people.

    Anne-Marie Hamilton, Chairman of the ‘dreamdrops’ fundraising committee said: “Thank you Ricky for choosing to run on behalf of ‘dreamdrops’.  You have raised a substantial amount of money for our charity and we cannot thank you enough.”

    Ricky set a modest target of £500, and on Sunday it reached £840.  Ricky’s just giving page is still open, if you would like to help him you can find his page here:

    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 or email

    (Photo: Ricky Taylor with his medal after completing the Great North Run.)

  • Outstanding dedication Shines through!

    by Kirstie Flack | Aug 07, 2017
    Raj Shine a Light Award
    Raj Thirunageswaram, MSK physiotherapist and operational team lead, based in Peterborough has been awarded the Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust’s Shine a Light award.

    Raj was nominated by Jayne Davies, clinical lead, for demonstrating excellent leadership skills. He always does this in a calm way and his staff cohorts appreciate his emotional stability, his steadiness and his support. The most recent demonstration of this was certainly above and beyond, to the most extreme.

    During the recent cyber-attack Raj excelled in his duty as team lead for Peterborough when he was called in over the weekend with an urgent I.T. request to turn on all PC’s across 6 sites in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. His actions were integral to CCS being operational on Monday morning.

    Jayne said: “Raj reassured our business manager Sarah Saul that the work would be carried out, taking details, instruction and relaying back to ensure it took place. He remained calm and acted upon the instructions ensuring that he relayed the information to the admin lead succinctly and promptly. 

    “Just two hours later his wife delivered their new child! What he had failed to mention when taking the call from Sarah and acting upon the instructions was that his wife was in labour and he was rushing her to the maternity unit. This is certainly above and beyond the normal call of duty!”

    Sarah Saul, business manager, DynamicHealth, said: “I am very proud of all my staff that helped MSK stay operational through the cyber-attack and went onto sites to action requests over the weekend. The fact Raj said nothing about him being a bit busy and just ensured the job was done showed his great attitude and dedication. Congratulations to him and his wife on the birth of their second child.”

    The “Shine a Light” scheme allows members of the public to nominate staff who have delivered a fantastic service and made a real difference to their lives. Trust staff are also encouraged to nominate their colleagues.

    On winning the award Raj said: "Ever since I qualified as a physiotherapist I have loved every aspect of it. I thoroughly enjoy working as a team lead for the MSK Physiotherapy at Peterborough and I have learnt a lot by doing this role daily.

    “I believe that “I don't shine if my team doesn’t shine” and this award has come as a big surprise to me. I feel very fortunate to be part of such a positive Dynamic team and would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who nominated me for this award.”

    Every month a member of staff or a team are selected from a list of nominations as the “Shine a Light” award winner. If you would like to nominate a member of staff or a team who has gone the extra mile for you, you can nominate online at 

    Photo: Matthew Winn, Chief Executive, Jayne Davies, Raj Thirunageswaram and Sarah Saul.

  • Beads of Courage Tea Party

    by Kirstie Flack | Aug 04, 2017


    Beads of courage tea party fun on the drumsMilton Country Park was the place to be on Friday 28th July, were local families celebrated the Beads of Courage second 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: “Today we are celebrating another year of success for our Long Term Beads of Courage programme.

    “We are very proud that the children's bravery and courage during their journey with life limiting conditions can be marked with beads which can show the different treatments or procedures they have undertaken. The children use their beads in many ways to talk and share their thoughts and feelings with their families, friends and health professionals.

    “We have received generous financial donations during the past year that have paid for 30 children to be enrolled onto the beads of courage programme and are currently looking for funding to carry on the programme into the next year.

    “We send a huge thank you to Mark Hunter at Creative team events Ltd #events-team for the awesome drumming session he held for us at the party which was enjoyed by both children and adults.

    “We also wish to send out thanks to Monkey from Monkey Wellbeing and Monkey’s mum and dad aka Helen and Daniel Sadler for coming to spend the afternoon with us and sending us some fabulous photographs and video footage of the fun and excitement.”

    The event was an opportunity for the children to get together and to show their strings of beads and enjoy a fantastic cake baked and generously donated by Fay Forbes of Proper Cake.Jessica Johnson with her Beads

    Donna Johnson, Jessica’s mum said: “The beads keep Jessica positive and help her get through the procedures she has; she has nearly 4,000 beads, which are from the last two years since the Beads of Courage started.”

    Jessica said: “Mags is really nice, I build up my beads and then Mags comes to see me with them and she also comes out with the nurse to see me.”

    Rebecca with her beadsAlso benefitting from the beads of courage is Becky Harris, Becky’s mum Katherine said: “Becky is 11 years old and has been on the programme for nearly two years. She has chronic lung disease and the beads help Becky to focus on her treatment and give people an understanding of what goes on.

    “She takes her beads into school and explains what each bead means and why she got it.  She sometimes finds it difficult, such as having blood tests, so she looks at her beads and thinks I have done this before and I can do this again.

    “Mags and the team are fantastic. I am always ringing Mags for advice, if we are in hospital she comes and sees us and she regularly comes round and Becky loves her.  She is a great person to have around and so supportive.”

    IMG_0298Matthew Winn, chief executive for the Trust thanked everyone for coming: “It is great to see so many of you and to celebrate another year of work and supporting you and the team and everything they do.  Its awe inspiring to see what this means to the children and their families.

    “There is also a celebration for the team this year, who have been put forward for some national patient and engagement developments awards and they won in two areas in the national awards and were runner up in another.  Absolutely outstanding, no other team has received near to this kind of accolade.

    “Our community teams are very understated and just put their heads down and get on so winning these awards is fabulous.”

    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.

    Becky cutting the cakeOllie and Benjamin Black

    Emily Latta (4)  Jack Chambers (2)


    Fun on the Drums
    Jessica (10) and her beads
    Becky (11) and her beads
    Sian Hooban, service manager for Community Children's Nursing Services and Matthew Winn, chief executive
    Becky cutting the cake
    Ollie (7) and Benjamin Black (5)
    Emily Latta (4)
    Jack Chambers (2)

  • Family fun in aid of National Breastfeeding Week

    by Kirstie Flack | Jul 04, 2017

    Huntingdon Breastfeeding Picnic 2017 

    Conygear Park, Huntingdon was the place to be on Friday 30th June, with Mum’s, Dad’s, Granny’s and friends all bringing their little people along to take part in a picnic to celebrate National Breastfeeding Week.

    The event was arranged by the Health Visiting Infant feeding team and families and friends were joined by members of the Health Visiting team, the Hinchingbrooke Infant Feeding team and Childrens Centre staff.

    Jo Thompson, Community Nursery Nurse, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust said: "The focus for Breastfeeding Celebration Week this year has been around a ‘breastfeeding best friend’ and it has been lovely to hear peoples stories today and all week about their #bffriends.

    "It was a wonderful way to end the week sharing a picnic together in the park, even the weather was kind to us! Some Mums even bought along their very own ‘lactation cookies and cakes’ to share and we got to see some real peer support in action." 

    For more information about the support available please see the Trust’s ‘Cambrdgeshire Infant Feeding’ page on Facebook or download the ‘Breaststart‘ app.

    Jo Thompson Breastfeeding picnic  Jessica and Freya

      Rachel Harris and Kyron George  Susan and Alice Parker 


  • Local Children’s Group Celebrates National Breastfeeding Week

    by Kirstie Flack | Jun 23, 2017

    Wisbech Breastfeeding Picnic 2017Health Visitors and Nursery Nurses from Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust hosted a joint celebration picnic with the Children’s Centre, Wisbech in aid of National Breastfeeding Week.

    National Breastfeeding Celebration Week runs from 20th to 26th June. The aim of the week this year is to provide an opportunity for mothers, breastfeeding supporters and health professionals to come together and share what works well to support breastfeeding in local communities in order to create a more breastfeeding friendly culture. It is about showcasing all the good work that is happening locally to support breastfeeding.

    Elizabeth Kurleto-Slabber, Nursery Nurse, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust said: “There are many challenges for women to breastfeed in society today these include the environment they live in, culture expectations as well as personal circumstances.

    “Breastfed babies have less diarrhoea and vomiting, fewer chest infections, less chance of being constipated, less chance of developing eczema and less likelihood of becoming over weight and developing type 2 diabetes and other illnesses later in life. For mothers’ breastfeeding can reduce their risk of getting breast and ovarian cancer or breaking a hip later in life. It can save the family money and it supports that strong emotional bond for the future with babies.

    “Thank you to everyone for your support and attending the event. It was lovely to see so many people supporting and contributing to greater awareness of Breastfeeding in our community, I do hope that everyone enjoyed the day.”

    10 families enjoyed a picnic, games, quizzes, a Breastfeeding shaped cake and a sing a long session.

    For more information about Breastfeeding and the Baby Friendly Initiative please come along and join the group at their weekly breastfeeding drop-in which takes place every Monday from 12.30pm to 2.30pm at the Oasis Children’s Centre, St Michael’s Avenue, Wisbech PE13 3NR.

    Families enjoying the celebrations

  • Local family raises £800 for the wonderful care and support

    by Kirstie Flack | Jun 13, 2017


    Lauren Best donationCambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust has received a donation of £800 for Holly Ward at Hinchingbrooke Hospital.

    The money was raised by Lauren and James Best in memory of their daughter Mya-Louise who sadly passed away in June 2016.

    Lauren said:" Our little girl, Mya-Louise, aged 6½, passed away in June 2016 from liver failure.

    "We raised £800 last November on what would have been our princess’s 7th birthday selling Christmas cards, wristbands and candles and we will be doing this as an annual event.

    "The reason we raised this for Holly Ward is for the wonderful help we received not just for our princess but for our entire family unit. We are forever grateful for all the care and support that was given to us from all the medical and non-medical staff whenever Mya-Louise was admitted, especially around this time last year, when she was on Holly Ward for the last four weeks of her life.

    "We wanted to do something positive on the anniversary of our beloved princess Mya-Louise Robyn Best."

    The cheque was presented to Sandie White, Holly ward and paediatric outpatient manager, by Sean Best, Mya-Louise’s brother. Sandie said: "We are extremely grateful to Lauren, James and Sean for this wonderful donation to Holly Ward. The money raised will be used to furnish our sensory room with soft bean bags."

    Photo left to right:
    Sherry Harris, continuing care team, Sarah Hughes – matron, Laura Gould – deputy sister, Laura Philips – staff nurse, James, Sean and Lauren Best, Maria Mathers – deputy sister, Dr Nik Johnson, Sandie White – ward manager, Michelle Paffett – deputy sister, Dr Kate Reilly and Lauren Kidd – deputy sister.

  • Going above and beyond wins Trust award

    by Kirstie Flack | Jun 09, 2017

    Matthew and Julia (final)Julia Michael, ESR OSM programme lead, based in St Ives, has been awarded the Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust’s Shine a Light award.

    Julia was nominated by Sarah Saul, business manager, DynamicHealth, for going above and beyond in supporting their service and team.

    Sarah said: "Julia has been so supportive to DynamicHealth services with the mandatory training issues that have been faced and the ESR pilot that we have been involved in.

    "Julia and her team are helpful,
    approachable and aim to solve any issues we throw at them. Julia has also come out to our divisional meeting to explain the challenges and what she, the team and CCS are doing to resolve them. She has met with individuals, helped staff achieve remote access, provided "how to" guides for us all and sent out regular compliance reports.

    "She is patient, kind, helpful and the whole team is pivotal to the Trust’s progression onto full ESR delivery and overcoming the IT and system challenges currently being faced and DynamicHealth are very appreciative of all the extra assistance Julia has given to us."

    The "Shine a Light" scheme allows members of the public to nominate staff who have delivered a fantastic service and made a real difference to their lives. Trust staff are also encouraged to nominate their colleagues.

    On winning the award Julia said: "I was very surprised to have been nominated and to have won this award which was totally unexpected.

    "I recognise that this award is a team effort and I am grateful to have both Ellie Fivash and Niamh Robinson working alongside of me supporting all the services to the highest level possible, and this award has now confirmed that we are making a real positive contribution.

    I have worked for CCS for over 8 years and have enjoyed all the challenges within my role, even the fact that my Welsh heritage has at times been compromised in certain International Sporting events, but I have taken it in good humour in the spirit of good Equality and Diversity."

    Every month a member of staff or a team are selected from a list of nominations as the "Shine a Light" award winner. If you would like to nominate a member of staff or a team who has gone the extra mile for you, you can nominate online at 

    Photo: Julia Michael and Matthew Winn, Chief Executive.

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