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We are responsible for commissioning (planning and buying) healthcare for approximately 740,000 people
across Lincolnshire."

NURSE SET TO BRAVE THE SHAVE FOR MACMILLAN
 

A nurse is braving the shave to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Sian Burns, is an Assertive InReach Nurse for Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) based at Lincoln.

On Sunday, August 2 a trusted friend will take the clippers to Sian's hair, all in the hope of raising as much cash for Macmillan Cancer Support as possible.

Sian, 47, said: "It's such a good cause. I know lots of people affected by cancer and this is a way of showing my support.

"I'm hoping to raise as much money as possible because every penny really does count. The work Macmillan does to help cancer patients and their families is brilliant.
   
"I'm hoping the money I raise will help to make a difference."

Macmillan Cancer Support helps cancer patients and their families with worries and advice about work; when people just want to talk or have difficult questions, Macmillan is there.

Sian from Sutton-on-Trent has a target of £1,000 and donations are to be made directly to Macmillan Cancer Care.

To make a donation payable directly to Macmillan Cancer Support in Sian's name please visit: https://bravetheshave.org.uk/?s=Sian+Burns&post_type=download

LINCOLNSHIRE COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICES NHS TRUST DEMONSTRATES TOP PERFORMANCE IN INFECTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL
 

Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust has demonstrated good practice across all areas of service for infection prevention and control.
According the 2014/15 Infection Prevention and Control report, the Trust's performance standards in relation to reducing the numbers of avoidable infections or "superbugs" including MRSA, MSSA, Clostridium difficile and Escherichia coli, continues to be achieved.
For the reporting period, LCHS achieved the set trajectory of zero avoidable MRSA infections, a significant 62.5% decrease in MSSA infections, an 83% reduction in Escherichia coli related infections and of the six reported cases of Clostridium difficile related infections, 100% were determined unavoidable.
The Trust attributes its success in reducing infections to several factors, including a bespoke web-based surveillance system (DartICS), patient-led assessments of the care environment (PLACE), a comprehensive hand hygiene programme and mandatory infection prevention training for all LCHS employed staff.
“Patient safety and quality care are at the forefront of everything we do, whether patients are receiving care in their own home, our urgent care centres, clinics or one of our community hospitals," says Cheryl Day, LCHS Lead Matron for Infection Prevention.

Protecting our patients from infection is vital to the quality of treatment we provide across LCHS, which is why we assure all of our staff have the resources, training and education needed to effectively prevent and control infections. We take great pride in the high standard of care we provide across all of our LCHS services and we will continue to assure infection prevention and control remains a top priority across the Trust."
The full report is available on the LCHS website:
http://www.lincolnshirecommunityhealthservices.nhs.uk/filebrowser/download/11056

CARDIAC REHAB GROUP GIVES CONFIDENCE BACK TO PATIENTS
A cardiac rehab group to support patients in the community who have suffered a heart attack has celebrated a six month milestone.
The Louth Cardiac Rehabilitation Programme which is run by Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS), moved from the Recreation Hall at Louth County Hospital to its new premises at the Wolds Gym at Cordaux Academy in February of this year.
The programme supports patients who have suffered a recent heart attack. Patients embark on an eight week exercise programme with heart healthy educational talks incorporating health eating, medication, stress and relaxation techniques and the benefits of exercise.
Former patient Ian Mills, a police officer from North Thoresby, had a heart attack in November.
He said: "I am physically fit and when I was referred to the group I thought I would find it a struggle and wouldn't get much from it - I couldn't have been more wrong.
"The facilities are fantastic and the support you get is a massive benefit. I've made friends through the sessions and have my confidence back to exercise again."
The Wolds Gym on the premises of Cordeaux Academy in Louth offers fantastic facilities. The gym offers state of the art exercise equipment which you would expect in a mainstream gym. The conference rooms are large and air conditioned with all the latest technological equipment for delivering the educational talks.
Mum of three Debbie Wilson, a Parent Practitioner, had a heart attack in January this year.
She said: "I was anxious before I came to the sessions but thought it was great after my first session. The programme is very tailored to you and your needs. The staff and the volunteers are brilliant. I was nervous about exercising but you are so closely monitored and it is very safe.
"You start to look forward to the sessions and make friends and you're able to have a laugh too. Having a pharmacist there to talk to you about your medication was also a big help."
Both Ian and Debbie are now exercising independently and are looking forward to organising a catch up with the rest of their group.
Alison Bunn, Cardiac Rehabilitation Nurse Specialist and Team Lead for LCHS said: "The staff and our wonderful volunteers work incredibly hard to provide such a fantastic programme for our patients.
"Before we moved here we spent a considerable amount of time as a team to completely refresh the entire programme to fit this fabulous venue.
"We cannot thank Cordeaux Academy enough for sharing this amazing facility which has allowed us to provide the only gym based Cardiac Rehabilitation Programme in Lincolnshire. It's a really great partnership."
Patrick Daley, Principal at Cordeaux Academy said: "We are pleased to be able to work with the cardio rehab team in helping provide such a valuable community initiative. Partnership working of this nature is an important part of what we do at Cordeaux and we wish the group every success for the future."

LINCOLNSHIRE WEBSITE EXPANDS TO SUPPORT MATERNAL MENTAL HEALTH
A dedicated section to maternal mental health has been developed as part of the Lincolnshire Healthy Families website, ensuring facts and advice can be accessed whenever it is needed the most.
The website includes information about antenatal depression and anxiety, postnatal depression, fathers and depression, where to seek help and other helpful resources for maternal mental health.
To help provide support through shared experiences, the website features real life stories from mums who have had their own struggles with maternal mental health. One of those stories comes from Lincolnshire mum Emma, who shares her experience with postnatal depression in one of the website case studies.
Emma speaks about her struggle with postnatal depression and how her health visitor played an essential role in providing her with much needed support. Emma said: "I feel blessed I had the support that I got, when I got it. There is no way I would have felt that I could have come out the other side of it without the support that I had."
"My health visitor was worth her weight in gold. She never ever turned me away, was at the end of the phone whenever I needed her and I knew that I could come to her for anything - which was invaluable, without a doubt."
Anita Wood, Locality Lead at LCHS, said: "Welcoming a baby into your family is a time of great excitement, but for some it can also be very overwhelming. We want to help ensure mums understand the importance of taking care of their mental health and where they can seek help should they need it.
"The maternal mental health section of our Lincolnshire Healthy Families website has been developed using the knowledge and experiences of our health visitors, with the support of the specialist community perinatal mental health teams. We hope it encourages more women to have the confidence to speak up if they feel they need support."
For more information, visit www.lincolnshirehealthyfamilies.nhs.uk/maternalmentalhealth

South Lincolnshire CCG Listening Event- come and share your health and care stories
The NHS in Lincolnshire is inviting anyone who has a story to tell about health or care services to come along and share their experience on Tuesday 14 July 2015 9:30am -12:30pm, Patio Room, Springfields Events & Conference Centre, Camelgate, Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE12 6ET.
The event will be attended by representatives from across the health and care community who will be on hand to listen to the experiences of patients, carers and their families.
The morning will include a welcome and opening presentation from a senior nurse and a listening section where the public will be joined by health and care representatives to share their experiences. A coffee break will follow and the event will finish with an informal session where attendees will have the opportunity to find out what each organisation does within the health and care community.
Lynne Moody, Director of Quality & Executive Nurse for South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group said:
“By working closely with patients, family members and carers, our shared goal is to help shape the future of health and social care services in Lincolnshire.
We are encouraging the public to come along and share their personal experiences of the healthcare services they have received, these experiences will allow us to make sure that the services we provide across the county are safe and high quality for everyone”
Organisations attending the event include; representatives from the four Lincolnshire CCGs*, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust and Lincolnshire County Council, Chaplaincy and PALS.
Anyone who is interested to attend the event on 14 July in Spalding, is asked to register by emailing public.engagement@gemcsu.nhs.uk or calling 01522 515364.
Not sure if it's an emergency? Call 111

With winter upon us and seasonal illnesses like flu and tummy bugs are circulating, pressure on the NHS increases. Help is at hand for people to understand the importance of accessing the right services first time.

If you’re generally fit and healthy, you may be unsure what to do or where to go with unexpected or urgent healthcare needs. In most instances people don’t need A&E or 999, and accessing more suitable healthcare could result in being seen quicker.

You should call NHS 111 if:

            •           you need medical help fast, but it is not a 999 emergency;
            •           you think you need to go to A&E or another NHS urgent care service;
            •           you don’t know who to call for medical help or you don’t have a GP to call; or
            •           you require health information or reassurance about what to do next.

For less urgent health needs you should still contact your GP or local pharmacist in the usual way.

NHS111 makes it easy for you to access healthcare advice when you need medical help fast, but it’s not a life-threatening situation.

Dr Kevin Hill, Chair of NHS South Lincolnshire CCG, said: 

“NHS111 is a free number, which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  The highly trained call handlers can provide health advice, put you in touch with the right service, arrange to have you seen by a doctor or call you an ambulance.  The service is manned by trained call handlers with nurses on site to offer support if needed. Callers’ symptoms are assessed and they are given the healthcare advice they need or are directed immediately to the right service, first time.”

Those with internet access can also visit: http://www.nhs.uk/111