Here comes the sun…

Every year Gloucestershire Royal Hospital Dermatology Team holds special sessions to raise awareness of sun protection and skin cancer among the general public.

This year the team hold are holding a series of clinics held exclusively for 2gether staff to access such advice.
For more information about sun awareness and keeping yourself safe in the sun, please see www.nhs.uk/Livewell/skin/Pages/Sunsafe.aspx

GRH Sessions
These are expected to be popular sessions and are being held at GRH on Monday 3rd June, Tuesday 4th June (afternoon clinic) and Wednesday 5th June 2013 (morning clinic)

CGH Sessions
The team are also holding sessions at CGH on Monday 3rd June (afternoon clinic) and Wednesday 5th June 2013 (afternoon clinic).

Booking is advised and appointments can only be made by emailing Wanda.Gibbons@glos.nhs.uk. Please ensure that you include your full name, date of birth and address in the email. If you already have an MRN number please include this too. You can also register for an MRN number by calling EXT 6862. Please then include this is your email. This will help save time in booking your appointment.

2gether NHS Foundation Trust Health and Wellbeing Day

On Wednesday 20th February 2013 Working Well will be running its first annual Health and Wellbeing Day for NHS employees of 2gether NHS Foundation Trust.

This will be run from Wotton Lawn Hospital Reception Area between 10am-3pm and all you need to attend is your green NHS 2gether identity badge. So if you feel like it’s about time you had a health check, and want learn about more about some of the health and wellbeing services or benefits available to you as an NHS employee come and have a chat with us. We’ll support you as best we can to help you and point you in the right direction so that you can feel fitter and healthier, both physically and mentally. Some of the activities and information that will be available to you for free during the day will include:

BP checks
Exercise bikes- see how far you can cycle in 2 minutes!
Glucose finger prick test
Height, weight and BMI check
Your carbon monoxide level
Dietary advice
Smoking cessation advice
2gether counselling service
HR – staff benefits
WorkingWell- services provided.

Our team and our partners look forward to welcoming you in February. And maybe next year you can come back again to review your progress?!

National Heart Month in February 2014

Red hearts

February is National Heart Month. There are about 2.6 million people in the UK living with Coronary Heart Disease (CHD). Every single one of us has a heart which means every one of us is at potential risk.

Managing your diet, keeping fit, and watching your blood pressure are just a few important factors. The British Heart Foundation’s webpage has information about heart diseases and how you can beat them. And, don’t forget to get your free fundraising kit from them!

You can also pick up leaflets from your WorkingWell staff health and wellbeing department.
This important month also gives us the perfect excuse to sip a glass of red wine – when holding your own Red Wine Tasting Evening! Red Wine is known to be good for the heart – but only in moderation! Why not continue the theme by hosting a “Come Dine Red with Me” evening by asking your friends and family to bring along a red themed dish, for example a rich casserole with red wine or a delicious strawberry mousse – the list is endless and a great opportunity for you to practise your cooking skills and raise money at the same time!

But there are other activities for everyone including work colleagues, family members or friends to take part in. You could have a Wear red to work day, dye your hair red for the month, or make handmade Valentine’s Day cards to raise funds for this worthwhile cause. Whatever you decide to do for National Heart Month – you can do it however you want!

Do you know if your vaccinations are up to date?

If you are a healthcare worker employed by one of our NHS or non-NHS commissioners please check with your team at WorkingWell to see if your vaccinations are up to date. If your service or team has a number of staff, we may be able to undertake an audit for a wider group, and can plan this into our proactive programme of work.

If you are an NHS worker please also remember to report any exposure (contamination) injuries to us (such as needle-sticks) by using our telephone number, and Please also visit the Working Well website to read more information regarding contamination incidents. Just click on the pink button on the top right hand side of all our pages.

Love your Liver

The Working Well team is producing a series of monthly health features, providing useful tips on improving health and wellbeing. This month’s article is based on an awareness initiative by national charity the British Liver Trust.

Here are their tips for improving liver health:

Step 1Keep off alcohol for 2-3 days in a row
Step 2Take more exercise and stay fit. If you are overweight you increase your risks of liver disease by three times if you drink alcohol too.
Step 3Cut down on sugar and fat.

Many people do end up looking like Homer Simpson – yellow and swollen because of bad habits – beer, junk food and no exercise.

Just follow steps 1, 2, 3 as above to keep your liver healthy.

Advice taken from www.loveyourliver.org.uk

Please feel free to visit us in person at WorkingWell for any leaflets or contact us for further information.

Working Well participates is an NHS flu fighter – protecting patients and staff against flu this winter

September 11, 2012 by  
Filed under Working Well - Staff health and wellbeing

Healthcare employees in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire will get a shot in the arm this year, quite literally, because 2gether NHS Foundation Trust’s occupational health service ‘Working Well’ is once again joining flu fighter – the national NHS staff flu vaccination campaign which aims to increase of the flu vaccine among NHS staff across England.

Vaccinations are vital to protect staff, their families and their patients, many of whom are particularly vulnerable to flu. Vaccinations also reduce sickness absence of our staff, so during the busy winter
period the NHS is able to provide the best level of care to our patients. In England, there are almost 15 million NHS hospital admissions every year. The close proximity between staff and vulnerable patients can mean that the flu virus is easily passed on, so it is important that our healthcare workers get vaccinated to avoid carrying the virus and infecting patients. In 2010/11, 602 people tragically died because of flu in England. The virus is highly preventable and staff at the three main NHS organisations of 2gether NHS Foundation Trust, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and NHS Gloucestershire will be making the effort to join the national campaign getting vaccinated against flu and become a flu fighter!

Chief Executive of Gloucestershire Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Working Well’s largest commissioner Dr Frank Harsent said to his staff “This illness is preventable. By getting the influenza vaccination and encouraging your staff to do the same you will not only be protecting yourself and them but also your families, your patients and the NHS services you provide”.

Last year, NHS flu fighter helped 100,000 staff protect patients and themselves against flu by supporting a national improvement of NHS staff uptake of the flu vaccine from 35 to 45 per cent of the total frontline NHS
workforce – this year we aim to improve our vaccination uptake figures further to protect our staff and our patients!

Although this campaign is about staff vaccinations, the NHS can of course also offer vaccinations to patients through General Practitioners. Non-staff members of the public who can get the flu jab free of charge on the NHS include:
● pregnant women
● anyone with a long-term condition including diabetes, asthma, kidney disease or heart or
chest problems
● people undergoing medical treatment who may have a compromised immune system
● people with a neurological condition such as multiple sclerosis (MS) or cerebral palsy and everyone
over the age of 65.

Alternatively, if you are employed outside of the NHS, you too may find that your employer will support your vaccination. Ask them for more details, or ask them to speak to us at Working Well.

2gether NHS Foundation Trust for Herefordshire

2gether NHS Foundation Trust is now the main provider of mental health, substance misuse and learning disability services within Herefordshire. This extends the Trust’s current provision from its previous geographical region of Gloucestershire.

Working Well, the independant and confidential NHS occupational health service will provide staff health and wellbeing services to 2gether’s new workforce in Herefordshire from October 2011. This will include the full range of benefits currently on offer to 2gether’s Gloucestershire workforce, including counselling. Working Well intend to deliver consistent services within Herefordshire to minimalise the impact on our wider NHS mental health service delivery.

More information including what this will mean to you as an employee will follow in due course. Please be assured that no decisions about your OH health records will be made on this project without formal and detailed notification to you by your current information controller: Hereford Hospitals NHS Trust. They will remain your provider and custodians of your clinical records until October 2011. Nearer to the point of handover, you will have an opportunity to opt out of the file transfer should you wish.

Working Well Nurse Vacancy

RECRUITMENT CLOSED
***INTERNAL 2GETHER VACANCY: 10 MONTH FIXED TERM CONTRACT TO COVER MATERNITY LEAVE***

Nurse us better

We’re pretty healthy already. We’re very healthy actually. As an NHS Plus member we have already got a strong list of NHS and non-NHS clients and we have some exciting new marketing and service ideas for 2011/12. We’ve got a bright team behind us who are constantly striving for quality improvement and we are regularly embracing new technology to make our jobs that little bit easier.

But we still aren’t quite at full health yet. Why? Well an exciting opportunity has just arisen for an outstanding individual to make a fresh impression on how we work. But we don’t just want average people. We need exceptional, enthusiastic and motivated people like you to drive forward our team vision of service development, patient satisfaction and successful growth.

As our new Occupational Health Nurse you will need to enjoy learning and have the skills to work in a busy, challenging environment. Working mainly in our immunisation clinics and carrying out venesection initially, if you have enthusiasm for health promotion and have the confidence to offer ideas for service improvement then you could be just the person we’re looking for.

Is this you? If you are excited by new challenges, are capable of offering practical solutions and are a good team player then maybe you can nurse us better? Before you apply please make sure you have a current NMC registration.

For more information contact Jackie Chapman, Lead Nurse Manager on: 08454 225165 or via email at jackie.chapman@glos.nhs.uk

Hours Per Week: 18.75 Hours/Week
Job Type: Fixed Term
Temporary Reference: 327-11-060

***INTERNAL 2GETHER VACANCY: 10 MONTH FIXED TERM CONTRACT TO COVER MATERNITY LEAVE***

Last drop in clinics for Flu vaccinations Schedule

* Last Influenza Clinics *

ATTENTION FOR ALL MEDICAL STUDENTS:

PLEASE inform the Flu Vaccinator when entering the clinic that you are a Medical Student

 

 The last drop in clinics for ‘flu vaccinations are being held on:

Seasonal Influenza Main Office (Gloucester) Services (Drop-in Only)

There are no more clinics in Gloucester


 

 Seasonal Influenza Main Office (Cheltenham) Services (Drop-in Only)

There are no more clinics in Cheltenham

New Employee Health Clearance Process

From 1st January 2011 Working Well implemented a revised, simplified health clearance process for new staff in line with recent changes to the law and NHS guidance. We hope that staff will find the new system easier, quicker and more helpful but any new process may produce unforeseen difficulties and we therefore intend to review the system in 3 months time so that any issues identified can be addressed.

Recruiting managers will be required to ensure that a risk assessment is undertaken for any post being advertised. Greater detail about any health or fitness standards for the post will be required in the Person Specification. Guidance to help you consider possible risks can be found on the Information sheet accompanying this brief but HR or Working Well Occupational Health can provide further advice.

All new staff will be sent a welcome letter from Working Well occupational health (WW1) and the recruiting manager should include this with the offer letter. Posts are now divided into clinical and non clinical and the definitions for these groups can also be found in the Information sheet.

Non clinical staff will be sent a Health Declaration (WW2) with their offer letter which is returned to the recruiting manager. If the new employee answers “No” and all other checks are satisfactory, then the appointment can go ahead without further input from Occupational Health. If the prospective employee answers “Yes” the recruiting manager should complete the identification form (WW3) and attach it to WW2, sending both through to Working Well for assessment in the usual way. It is very important that the manager completes all the information requested on WW3 including the section about Job Hazards.

For clinical staff, the recruiting manager will send out the Short Health Declaration (WW4) with the job offer letter, having completed the relevant manager’s sections on the form. This form will be returned to Working Well who will assess this and respond by email wherever possible. Staff with clinical contact should also be sent WW5 asking them to provide appropriate evidence of vaccination and immunity. A proportion of staff will be required to undertake exposure prone procedures (for an explanation of this please see the Information Sheet). These staff will also require WW6 to be sent to them in addition to the other paperwork.

Working Well will send you a fitness slip by email, within 48 hours unless further information is required. Information regarding the immunity assessment will be sent separately and updated as appropriate so that managers can retain up to date information about staff immunity on file.

In specific situations, further assessment will also be required and these include:
 Food handlers
 Night workers
 Regular use of latex gloves.

Explanations of these categories can be found on the Information Sheet and where applicable, the relevant form should be sent to the new employee. These forms are also “health declarations” and need only be forwarded to occupational health in the case of a positive response. The manager can retain the form on the personal file in order to comply with various pieces of legislation.

The same process will apply to volunteer and non-substantive staff. An individual assessment of the need for vaccinations and immunity checks will be made in these cases because of the marked variation in duties.

Your HR departments have been briefed about these changes. Please let us know if you have any concerns or encounter any difficulties so that we can make any amendments as necessary.

Forms and Policies can be found at:

http://www.workingwell2gether.nhs.uk/0n-line-questionnaire/policies

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