This bulletin has been developed to provide GPs, CCGs and partners in the north east sector with a monthly update on key service developments from Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust.

We welcome comments and feedback, which can be emailed to

New service to help young people with eating disorders

Young people with an eating disorder can now benefit from dedicated care and support thanks to a new community-based Eating Disorder Service (CEDS).

The service, part of Healthy Young Minds, will be available across the full Pennine Care footprint of Bury, Heywood, Middleton, Rochdale, Oldham, Stockport, Tameside and Glossop and Trafford.

It will add vital extra capacity to the existing service, ensuring that more young people with an eating disorder receive the care they need and as quickly as possible. The service can also offer advice to families, carers and those who work with a child or young person.

Young people aged 16 to 18 can refer themselves, or get someone they trust to make a referral at

New phone line improves support for new parents
in Bury

The Bury Health Visiting service has introduced a new evening advice line running from 5pm to 7pm on Thursdays, open to all parents of a child under the age of five in the borough.

Parents can call 07788 335196 to speak with a health visitor during this time. The new phone line was introduced to ensure working parents can get the support they need on issues such as sleep problems, feeding, minor ailments and concerns about the child’s development.

The pilot will run until March 2017 and, if successful, could be extended beyond this time.

You can find out more about the Bury Health Visiting service on their Facebook page

Charity donation gives precious time to bereaved parents in Oldham

Parents of babies who are stillborn or die at a young age could have more precious time to spend with their children, thanks to a charity donation to the Oldham Children’s Community Nursing Team.

A Cuddle Cot - which is a piece of equipment designed to fit to a moses basket and keep babies cool to allow them to stay with their parents for up to 72 hours after death - was donated to the children's community nurses by a family who have experienced their own loss.

The family raised enough money for charity 4Louis to purchase a Cuddle Cot in memory of Isaac. 4Louis distribute the Cuddle Cots across the country to health trusts and organisations on their waiting list.

Oldham Children’s Community Nursing Team was next on the list. The team currently looks after around 150 children and babies with complex health needs, some of whom sadly have life limiting illnesses and will die at a very young age. It also works with the local hospitals to allow families to bring babies who are unwell home for the last moments of their life.

Police and health services working to help people with mental health needs

A 12 month pilot will see mental health professionals from Pennine Care based at the Rochdale Police Station to work alongside a dedicated police co-ordinator to help identify and engage with people with mental health needs who routinely come into contact with the police services.

Once identified, the Mental Health Practitioner will assess if the vulnerable individual requires further support from either mental health, social care or other support services.

Trust recognised by MOD for supporting armed forces

Pennine Care was among 14 businesses from across the North West to receive a Silver Award under the government’s Employer Recognition Scheme for its support to the Armed Forces community.

The award means the Trust has demonstrated its commitment to military veterans and reservists as well as the spouses, partners and families of serving personnel, and creates a positive working atmosphere for them.

It also recognises the Trust’s commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant which is a promise to all those who serve or have served, and their families to ensure they are not disadvantaged by their service to their country.

New Trust values

Until recently, the Trust’s 10 Principles of Care were used as the organisational values. However, following feedback from staff, Pennine Care has refreshed its Trust values to make them more meaningful and memorable.

Hundreds of staff were involved in the process to refine the 10 Principles into five core values, which were unveiled at the Trust AGM in September.

The new values are: Compassionate, Accountable, Responsive, Effective and Safe. More about them can be found at


Wellbeing Walk for charity
Members of the public are invited to take part in a Wellbeing Walk to celebrate the launch of a new local health charity.

Pennine Care established the charity after a number of generous donations were made to the Trust by patients. The Pennine Care Charitable Foundation will help ensure these donations are used in the best possible way and allow for further fundraising to support worthwhile causes.

Charitable Foundation funds will support projects which go beyond the core NHS offer to improve services for communities, service users and staff.

The Wellbeing Walk will be held at Heaton Park on Saturday 12 November 2016 from 10.30am to 1.30 pm. There will be various routes mapped out so people can choose to do as much or little as they like - from a 5k walk or run, up to the full 10k route.

For a small donation (children under 16 are free), those who register will receive a Wellbeing Walk supporters pack containing all the information they need to ensure they have a great time celebrating at the event. There will also be goody bags given out on the day.

The event starts with registration at 10.30am, with the official charity launch at 11am, followed by a warm-up session from a fitness instructor before getting started on the walk.

Please register your details at to join in the fun and make a real difference to our local communities.

Share your views to improve health services
Pennine Care is holding a carer engagement event to find out how the organisation can improve the support available to those looking after loved ones with physical, mental health or learning difficulties.

The event will be held on Tuesday 22 November from 9.30am to 3pm at The Broadway Suite, Oldham Event Centre, Park, Off Hilbre Avenue, Oldham, OL2 5BL.

Transport from central points can be arranged and a buffet lunch will be provided.

A second event aimed at gathering feedback on mental health services provided by the Trust will be held on Tuesday 29 November and is open to patients and family members.

The discussions will focus on improving experiences for patients and carers, finding out the positive aspects of services and any issues that need to be addressed.

The event is from 9.30am to 3pm at The Victoria Hotel (Elizabeth Suite), Hollinwood Avenue, Chadderton, Oldham, OL9 8DE.

RSVPs are welcomed for the carer event by Monday 14 November and the mental health event by Monday 21 November by calling 0161 716 3178 or emailing

Find out more about community services in your area
An event showcasing innovations in local health, care and support services will be held on Wednesday 16 November from 9.30am to 3.30pm at Oldham Event Centre, Park.

Oldham residents will have the chance to go along to find out more about the services available in their area.

The event is being hosted by Pennine Care and will include information on a range of services provided by NHS, local authority and charity organisations to support Oldham residents.

Service innovations will be showcased and available to browse throughout the day, along with a schedule of speaker sessions and workshops.

The event is open to Trust staff, other local health and care professionals, partner organisations and the general public.

For more information or to book a place, please contact: Paulette Sowerby at or on 0161 622 6458