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A Guide to Person-Centred Care Made Simple

The Health Foundation has recently produced a practical quick guide for self-management support which older people and people living with long-term conditions and disabilities may find very useful.

The challenges facing the NHS are well understood, at the same time, health and social care budgets are under increasing pressure. If high quality care that affords people the best possible quality of life is to be provided, the relationship between people and the services that provide their care must be reassessed. In person-centred care, health and social care professionals work collaboratively with people who use services. Person-centred care supports people to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to more effectively manage and make informed decisions about their own health and health care; coordinated and tailored to the needs of the individual.

This guide explains what self-management support is, why it is important, and how to ensure it is grounded in everyday practice. You can read and/or download the Guide to Self-management support from the link below.

Person Centred Care Made Simple – The Health Foundation


CHSS Launch My Lungs My Life Website

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland has announced the launch of My Lungs My Life, a new self- management website for anyone affected by COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), Asthma or parents of children with Asthma.

My Lungs My Life is full of interactive content, animations, film and audio clips plus information which can be downloaded directly from the site. It has been designed to provide practical tips and advice including support links to help people understand and self- manage their conditions.

It includes sections on:

  • What is COPD/asthma
  • Diagnosis
  • Treatment including film clips demonstrating correct inhaler use
  • Practical self management tips

The website has been developed by Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland and written by respiratory specialists from NHS Scotland in collaboration with Respiratory Managed Clinical Networks, British Lung Foundation, Scottish Government and University of Edinburgh. All content has been independently reviewed by patients, parents and health care professionals.

You can visit for more information.

Pregnancy In Mind

The NSPCC has a new service, Pregnancy in Mind, which is a new, preventative mental health service for parents-to-be that has been developed based on the latest evidence. The service is designed to support parents and prospective parents who are at risk of, or experiencing mild to moderate anxiety and depression during pregnancy and the first year after birth. Parents-to-be are able to attend between 12 and 28 weeks gestation (the middle trimester of pregnancy). This links with the Baby Steps programme (a perinatal education group intervention), which begins at or after 28 weeks gestation, so that parents can get high quality support with their mental health as well as preparing for parenthood.

Revalidation in Scotland

Revalidation for nurses and midwives was approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) on 8 October 2015, with the first nurses and midwives renewing their registration through revalidation from 1 April 2016.

Revalidation builds upon Post-registration education and practice (Prep) and is a change in how professional registration with the NMC is maintained, through providing evidence of  practice and continuing professional development related to The Code.

Read North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership, Lead Nurse, Derek Barron’s blog in Ayrshire Health on the new approach, here, where you can also leave your comments or you can Tweet Derek @dtbarron.

Who Said Older People Don’t Do Technology?

83-year-old Avril Letherbridge has created her own website for older people to chat to each other after she was concerned about loneliness amongst the over 65s!

Silver Robin is an online meeting place for older people where they can share and discuss interests, views, experiences and connect with like-minded people.

Avril said “I was in conversation with a couple of doctors who were talking about the problem of loneliness. I said I had this mad idea to start a website and thought I would give it a shot”

“My ultimate aim is for older people to wake up in the morning and think ‘I wonder what I can see on Silver Robin today.’”

Silver Robin has proven popular so far with interesting and diverse topics being discussed on a daily basis. Avril’s 16 year old granddaughter has also featured on the website interviewing a 102-year-old named Margaret about The First World War.

The website was put together with the support of Age UK Oxfordshire and other volunteers living in the area. What a fantastic idea, good luck with the website Avril!

Autism Short Breaks Funding

The National Autistic Society Scotland are pleased to be working in partnership with Autism Initiatives Scotland and Scottish Autism on the Autism Short Breaks project, a new £100,000 fund designed to give carers of autistic adults exciting, indulgent, and relaxing short breaks.

You can find out more and apply for a grant of up to £300 here.

Free Guide to Scotland On Foot

The Ramblers Scotland charity has published a new, free guide to accessing and enjoying the outdoors in Scotland.

The Scotland on Foot booklet has been published as the charity celebrates its 50th birthday, in celebration of the anniversary they wanted to give people in Scotland a gift, so they have produced a brand new booklet full of advice on what Scottish access rights mean to walkers.

To download the booklet follow this link and enjoy the beautiful outdoors.

If you would like to go get out in the fresh air and go rambling and meet new like-minded people, why not have a look at the Cunninghame Ramblers profile.


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