Hard working nurses honoured as part of International Nurses Day

Doctors and nurses from across Southport and Formby have been busy taking part in a charity lunch break cake sale as part of International Nurses Day.

To mark the occasion, staff from the North Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group showed their baking skills and brought in cakes for a charitable donation raising over £100 for the Royal College of Nurses (RCN) Foundation.

This money will go towards supporting the needs of nurses, midwives and health care assistants as well as nursing students.

Debbie Fagan, chief nurse and quality officer at NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “I will have been a nurse for 28 years in June and having worked in both hospitals and in community settings before I started working in commissioning I always think about how it comes back to getting the quality of nursing right.

“This is why we work together with our nurses across Sefton on a regular basis and put our patients at the forefront of all we do.

“It is great to have International Nurses Day to celebrate our nurses and to thank them for all their hard work.

“This week we’ve showcased some of our Sefton nurses in different settings to give them the chance to tell their story and to tell others how they became involved in nursing and what it means to them.

“The cake sale went down a treat and all for a very worthy cause. I didn’t realise how many bakers we had here at the CCG!”

As a registered charity the RCN Foundation helps individuals to develop their practice so that they can provide the very best possible advice, support and care to patients. It achieves this through awarding project grants and bursaries.

Additionally, its hardship funding provides assistance to members of the nursing team in times of need, providing that extra support they may need to get their lives back on track.

Organised annually by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), International Nurses Day is celebrated on 12th May each year, which is the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

The day is an opportunity to recognise and reflect upon the contribution that caring nurses and allied health professionals make to people’s lives all around the world.

Move More Southport and Formby

Move More Southport and Formby is a partnership between Active Lifestyles, Macmillan Cancer Support and Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group.

The programme aims to support anyone living with cancer to become more active. Offering its own physical and wellness activities, such as a gentle circuit class and relaxation session, a low impact chair class, yoga, as well as use of facilities at Dunes Leisure centre in Southport and Formby Pool at subsidised rate. As well as support in helping cancer patients in becoming more aware, it will facilitate their participation in physical activity sessions that are readily available locally within the community, targeted to specific needs and interests.

Research is providing a growing body of evidence that being physically active during and after cancer treatment helps to provide a variety of health and well-being benefits. Notable among these is a significant reduction in the risk of cancer recurrence for some patients.

Being active can help benefit cancer patients in a number of ways:
• Reduce tiredness and some treatment side effects
• Reduce anxiety and depression
• Improve your mood and quality of life
• Strengthen your muscles, joints and bones
• Look after your heart and reduce the risk of other health problems

Those referred to the programme will attend an initial appointment for a lifestyle review, and jointly agree with their coordinator an individualised physical activity and wellness plan. After 12 weeks of activity there will be another appointment to discuss on going activity and review of the programme. Physical activity prescription is adjusted according to treatment and health status. Our coordinators will monitor each person providing motivational support throughout the 12 week period and also up to a year post referral to help ensure their continuation of a healthy lifestyle.

Those Suitable for the Move More Programme Include:
Those who have had a cancer diagnosis- post surgery, and post treatment.
Plus any of the following will also be suitable for referral:

• Obesity (BMI 30-39)
•  Morbid obesity (BMI >39)
•  Hypertension (>180/100)
•  Mental health problems (medicated and stable)
•  IGR
•  Diabetes Type I and II
•  Stable treated angina
•  Heart Failure (not acute or unstable, via phase III only)
•  Post MI or re-vascular surgery AND: Completed Cardiac Rehabilitation with an ETT and clinically stable, awaiting no further investigations.

Referral to the programme can be made by your Cancer clinical nurse specialist, GP or practice nurse.

If you would like more information about the programme please contact Lucy Holmes or Tess Harrison (Macmillan Physical activity and Wellness coordinators) on 0151 934 2352 or email on active.lifestyles@sefton.gov.uk .