Pennine Care Progress - March/April 2016

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New education scheme for parents aims to reduce A&E visits

Parents of children under four across the Rochdale borough can benefit from education to help them care for their child when they are ill.

The sessions, delivered by the Children's Community Nursing team and health visitors, teach parents how to confidently identify and treat minor ailments at home to prevent unnecessary trips to A&E, an urgent care centre or a GP.

The team works with GPs across the area to identify parents who frequently attend A&E or urgent care, who may benefit from the support and will then offer a face-to-face home visit, to educate parents on the most appropriate course of action; whether that be seeing the right service or health professional, or caring for their child at home.

Information will also be available in a booklet called: 'A guide to common childhood illnesses and well-being', which health visitors will be giving out and is available at:

Dedicated Oldham team helps more than 400 people maintain independence

More than 400 older people living in Oldham have benefitted from improved community care and support in the first 12 months of a partnership scheme between Pennine Care and Age UK Oldham.

The partnership saw the appointment of Promoting Independent People (PIP) advisors in early 2015, a new role designed to help older people take control and live a more independent life.

The Age UK PIP advisors are funded by Pennine Care and work closely with the integrated community health and social care teams operating across the borough, as well as local GPs.

Older people are referred to the PIP workers by health professionals if they may be at risk of feeling isolated or anxious about their health issues and need extra support to regain confidence and live life to the full.

For more information call 0161 622 9277 or email

Two children's diabetes nurses receive prestigious title

Two nurses from Pennine Care have achieved the prestigious Queen's Nurse title, and received an innovation and leadership award from nursing charity The Queen's Nursing Institute (QNI).

Claire O'Connor, a Diabetes Specialist Nurse with Bury Children's Community Nursing Team, has achieved the award along with her colleague, Janet Mawdsley, a Diabetes Specialist Nurse with Oldham Children's Community Nursing Team.

The Queen's Nurse title recognises a commitment to high standards of patient care, learning and leadership. Queen's nurses have access to additional development workshops, bursaries, networking opportunities, and a shared professional identity.

The application requires references from two patients and service managers, along with the submission of a personal vision and values around community nursing.

Become an NHS Governor and be a voice for your community

Elections for Pennine Care's Council of Governors will be starting soon, giving local residents the chance to influence the way health services in their area are run.

The Council of Governors is responsible for ensuring that community views are considered when Trust decisions are made and services are developed.

Please visit or contact the Membership Office on 0161 716 3960/3374 or email for more information.

Older people in Oldham benefit from community mental health partnership

A pilot community mental health service has supported more than 100 older people, helping to prevent many from having to be admitted to hospital.

The Oldham Social Care Liaison Service is a team of mental health nurses that works in partnership with Oldham Council Adult Social Care Neighbourhood Teams, to provide mental health assessment and support to people aged over 65 in the community.

Social workers are able to contact the Liaison Service if they have concerns about any of their clients, who they feel may need some mental health care or support.

By working together to ensure people get the right mental health support for their needs at an early stage, the service helps to prevent crises and reduce admission to hospital.

Oldham Social Care Liaison is a new community-based component of Pennine Care's RAID (Rapid Assessment Interface Discharge) service, which comprises of liaison teams of mental health professionals who work mostly in hospitals to provide assessment and support for people on wards or presenting at A&E with mental health needs.

The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health - Pennine Care response

On Monday 15 February, the NHS in England committed to a transformation of mental health care, pledging to help more than a million extra people and invest more than a billion pounds a year by 2020/21. This is in response to an independent taskforce report: 'The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health'.

Pennine Care welcomed the publication of the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health report and its endorsement by Government and NHS England.

Chief Executive, Michael McCourt, said: "As a Trust, Pennine Care fully supports the report and we agree mental health requires greater investment. We look forward to working with commissioners, partners and all stakeholders to develop and implement a new strategy for Greater Manchester as part of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Devolution project.

"As a provider of mental health services across Bury, Oldham, the Rochdale borough, Tameside and Glossop and Stockport, we are always looking at ways in which we can improve the services and care we provide to patients and people who use our services, through innovation and development, within the budgets we have available."

You can read more about Michael's thoughts on the report and mental health provision in Greater Manchester in his latest blog post.