Nurses gather to improve dementia services in Staffordshire communities

Around 80 community based nurses are coming together next month for a special event to discuss better ways to diagnose and support people with dementia and their families.

The event is being jointly organised by two of Staffordshire’s NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) who together serve over 275,000 patients (see Notes to Editors), with South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (SSSFT), the University of Worcester’s Association for Dementia Studies and The Alzheimer’s Society.

The nurses all work in community settings, either within GP practices or as district nurses.

Visit your Pharmacist first if you’re unwell this spring

Pharmacists in offer the best help when it comes to common ailments like coughs, colds, sore throats, hay fever and insect bites.

 Dr Paddy  Hannigan, Chair of Stafford and Surrounds Clinical Commissioning Group and a Stafford GP says: "Pharmacists are fully trained to give you professional medical advice, with a wide range of over-the-counter medications available. You don't need to book an appointment and many pharmacies now have private consultation rooms so you can talk privately."

Taking a few steps could mean that if you are under the weather during the spring, you can look after yourself at home.

Health commissioners sign pledge to promote staff mental health

Health commissioners across Stafford and Cannock have taken positive steps to increase awareness of mental health issues in the workplace by signing up to the national Mindful Employer initiative.

Stafford and Surrounds and Cannock Chase Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have signed the Charter for Employers who are Positive About Mental Health, a formal declaration of the CCGs' commitment to the wellbeing of their staff.

The charter is one element of the voluntary Mindful Employer initiative, which is aimed at increasing awareness of mental health in the workplace and supporting businesses in recruiting and retaining staff.

‘There’s no place like home’ for a quicker recovery and to ease the pressure on local hospital services

Senior clinicians across Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent are appealing for families to help reduce the pressure on struggling services by supporting patients to return home from hospital as soon as they are ready.

Patients staying longer than necessary in hospital have added to the strain on A&E departments, which are already experiencing increased demand. This has caused even longer delays for patients who arrive requiring a bed.

Doctors are advising families and carers that going home once medically fit to do so has also proven to be better for the patient.

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