Better Together e-news Autumn 2017 - news in brief
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Has a member of staff, a team or Trust volunteer done something innovative or exceptional, or simply impressed you in the way in which they carried out their duties?
If the answer is yes, please nominate them for this year’s annual staff excellence awards.
Without the dedication and compassion of our staff and volunteers, LPFT would not be able to provide patients with the excellent standard of care we see every single day across the Trust.
Whether you’d like to learn more about a particular condition such as anxiety, you’re struggling with stress, or simply dreaming of better sleep the Recovery College has a free course for you.
Karen Atkin, Recovery College Service Development Manager, encourages everyone to come and try the free courses on offer. “Don’t be put off by the word ‘college’ – we’re not an educational institution. Our courses are really informal and open to everyone. We focus on helping people to stay well by understanding themselves better.”
The college opens the next window of enrolments in December, so don’t lose this opportunity and check specific dates in Gainsborough, Grantham, Lincoln and Stamford by going to www.lpft.nhs.uk/recovery-college and looking at our timetable for the year.
To raise money for local services we are creating a healthy eating recipe book packed with easy to cook, cheap and healthy recipes from our patients, carers and staff.
We know that good nutrition is just as important for mental health as it is for physical health, and healthy eating in particular can have a big impact on people’s mental wellbeing. We want to share your recipes with others to show them just how easy healthy eating can be.
If you have a healthy recipe that you would like to contribute please send it to email@example.com by Friday 24th November.
All we ask is that the recipe is your own, healthy, easy to prepare and ingredients can be bought on a budget.
We will launch the cook book as part of Mental Health Awareness Week in May 2018, with all proceeds going to the LPFT Charitable funds. Find out more here>>
Chaplain Revd. Sue Evans has joined the Chaplaincy Service to provide pastoral, spiritual and religious care for staff and patients.
Sue and her 12 year old Pets As Therapy (PAT) dog Johnny visit wards to enhance the health and wellbeing of patients. Johnny has been able to stimulate conversation with patients with severe dementia.
Sue works alongside our Senior Mental Health Chaplain, Canon Angela Pavey.
We had a lovely service of welcome for Sue where she was officially licensed by the Bishop of Grantham, the Rt. Revd. Dr Nicholas Chamberlain.
The chaplains are there for everyone, you don’t have to be religious to seek support. We respect individual feelings, beliefs and values. We are happy to listen to any concerns or issues that are important to you.
The Trust added its name to Dying to Work voluntary charter which guarantees rights for workers facing a terminal diagnosis. We are proud to be the first NHS organisation in Lincolnshire to sign the Charter as part of the TUC’s campaign, which is seeking greater security for terminally ill workers where they cannot be dismissed as a result of their condition.
The idea of signing the charter was brought to the Trust by Dawn Lovatt, GMB Representative and Nursing Assistant.
The important thing about Dying to Work is that it affects everybody and it’s an inclusive campaign,
Paul Devlin, Chair had the honour of signing the charter on behalf of the Trust.
We have always been supportive of our employees with terminal illness, so it was an obvious decision for us to commit to the charter, because it’s absolutely the right thing to do.
We have celebrated a number of award successes this year with Langworth Ward and North East Lincs CAMHS but there are also a number of other teams and individuals shortlisted for a wide range awards who are celebrating their success on a national and local stage.
Five of our teams or individuals have been shortlisted in the first ever Lincolnshire Health Awards. Langworth Ward, Ali Young, Payroll and Pension Services, Paula Jelly and Hannah Clements have all been shortlisted for the ceremony which takes place in November.
Our work with carers to implement Triangle of Care has been recognised at this year’s Nursing Times Awards in the Nursing in Mental Health category. In addition the team have also been awarded a Carers Quality Award from Every – One (formally Lincolnshire Carers Partnership).
And last but by no means least; the Trust’s payroll team have won the Public Sector Payroll Team of the Year award at the The Rewards 2017 (previously known as the Payroll World Awards).
Autumn is a perfect time to have a flu jab. It is quick, easy and free for certain ‘at risk’ groups, including adults with learning disabilities and their carers.
People who have a learning disability can be more susceptible to the effects of flu and are therefore at increased risk of developing complications. If you care for someone with disability or an older person; or if you get a carer’s allowance you are entitled to a free flu vaccine from your GP.
You can put others at risk by spreading the virus, even if don’t have symptoms yourself, so it’s really worth getting the jab. In the short video below Camilla, who has a learning disability, explains why she got the jab to help prevent getting ill this winter.
- Nominate your LPFT heroes
- Free wellbeing courses from Recovery College
- Submit your healthy recipes and help us fundraise
- A warm welcome to Sue and Johnny
- Trust pledges to support terminally ill employees
- Go on, have your flu jab – protect yourself and people you care for
- Awards shortlist success