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A look back at National Apprenticeship Week 2024

A look back at National Apprenticeship Week 2024

Last week was National Apprenticeship Week 2024. The Apprenticeship and Widening Participation team hosted a packed programme of events throughout the week reflecting this year’s theme, Skills for Life. #NAW2024 was a celebration of the achievements of the Trust’s apprentices, past and present; highlighting the amazing opportunities available within Gloucestershire Health and Care (GHC) NHS Foundation Trust, as well as showing how apprentices of all ages and backgrounds are helping to evolve the organisation.

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National HIV Testing Week 2024

National HIV Testing Week 2024

It’s National HIV Testing Week (5-11 February). Every year this annual campaign, run by HIV Prevention England, aims to raise awareness about the importance of regular testing, to help reduce the number of people living with undiagnosed HIV and those diagnosed late. The number of people diagnosed with HIV is falling, but there is still work to do.

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It’s National Apprenticeship Week!

It’s National Apprenticeship Week!

It’s National Apprenticeship Week (5-11 February). The theme for #NAW2024 is Skills for Life, which reflects on how apprenticeships can help individuals develop the skills and knowledge they need for a rewarding career, and how employers can develop a talented workforce equipped with future-ready skills.

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Measles: Parents urged to ensure their children are protected

Measles: Parents urged to ensure their children are protected

With the number of reported measles cases in young people in the UK on the rise, the School Age Immunisation Team at Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust is urging parents and guardians of children in Years 8 to 11 (aged 12 to 16) to check their MMR status and make sure they are fully vaccinated against the disease.

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It’s not too late to get your Covid booster!

It’s not too late to get your Covid booster!

If you’re living in Gloucestershire and haven’t yet taken up the opportunity of a Covid booster, our Outreach Vaccination and Health team and local pharmacies are offering drop-in vaccination clinics to those who are eligible.

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Cosmo and Nigel bring festive cheer to community hospitals

Cosmo and Nigel bring festive cheer to community hospitals

This week colleagues and patients at two of Gloucestershire’s community hospitals have welcomed a pair of special visitors from Cotswold Vale Alpacas.

Cosmo and Nigel embarked on tours of the wards at North Cotswolds Hospital in Moreton-in-Marsh on Monday (11 December) and Tewkesbury Community Hospital yesterday (Thursday 14 December).

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Ward Sister Lou wins award for dementia tool

Ward Sister Lou wins award for dementia tool

Congratulations to Ward Sister Lucinda (Lou) Williams on scooping the ‘Seeing Me Award’ at this year’s South West Integrated Personalised Care Awards. Lou, who specialises in dementia care, was celebrating with her colleagues on Abbey View Ward at Tewkesbury Community Hospital this morning, after picking up the award at last night’s glittering ceremony at Darlington Hall in Totnes, Devon.

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Festive Friends and Family event at Montpellier Unit

Festive Friends and Family event at Montpellier Unit

Montpellier Low Secure Unit in Gloucester hosted another successful friends and family event last Friday (8 December). This was an opportunity for service users to welcome their friends and family, introduce them to members of the multidisciplinary team and for everyone to enjoy a festive-themed buffet – all of which was planned, shopped for and prepared by the residents on Montpellier.

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World AIDS Day – 1st December

World AIDS Day – 1st December

Friday 1 December is #WorldAIDSDay – a global campaign by the National AIDS Trust, which has been recognised on 1st December every year since 1988. Its aim is to support those living with HIV, remember those who have lost their lives to AIDS-related illness, secure the rights of people living with the condition and continue the fight to end the stigma surrounding HIV.

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Trust presented with Defence ERS Gold Award

Trust presented with Defence ERS Gold Award

Representatives from Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust were extremely proud and honoured this morning to receive the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Award from the Wessex Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (WRFCA), in recognition of its commitment and support for defence personnel.

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World Diabetes Day: Know Your Risk!

World Diabetes Day: Know Your Risk!

Today is #WorldDiabetesDay. Around 200,000 people are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes every year, and you don’t need to be one of them.

Finding out your risk of type 2 diabetes only takes a few minutes – it could be the most important thing you do today. Find out your risk here: https://riskscore.diabetes.org.uk/start

Our Community Diabetes Team supports people with type 2 diabetes in managing their condition to the best of their ability. People may be referred to the service for a variety of reasons.

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Occupational Therapy Week 2023

Occupational Therapy Week 2023

This year’s Occupational Therapy Week starts today (Monday 6 November) and finishes on Sunday 12 November. As a profession, Occupational Therapists are on the frontline of health equity and are uniquely placed to understand and tackle the challenges people face. OTs see health inequalities every day, supporting and helping those most in need.

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Introducing the Patient and Carer Race Equality Framework (PCREF)

Introducing the Patient and Carer Race Equality Framework (PCREF)

We are working with NHS England to implement the first ever anti-racism framework for mental health Trusts and service providers. The Patient and Carer Race Equality Framework (PCREF) will ensure that we are responsible for co-producing and implementing concrete actions to reduce racial inequality within our services, with a view to becoming an actively anti-racist organisation.

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HPV vaccination programme moves to single dose

HPV vaccination programme moves to single dose

The Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine helps to prevent HPV-related cancers from developing in boys and girls. While most types of HPV are harmless, some high-risk types can lead to the development of cancers, including cervical cancer, cancers of the head and neck (mouth and throat) and cancers of the anus and genital areas.

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Sexual Health Week: 11-17 September

Sexual Health Week: 11-17 September

Today marks the start of Sexual Health Week. Being safe means feeling empowered to access contraception, testing and treatment. It means understanding consent, healthy relationships and pleasure. It also means providing relationships and sex education (RSE) that gives young people the tools to navigate the world safely – both online and offline – and delivering safe, accessible sexual health services, wherever people need them. That’s why for #SHW23 we’re #PlayingItSafe!

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Falls Prevention Awareness Week: September 18-22

Falls Prevention Awareness Week: September 18-22

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust is committed to empowering all older adults in Gloucestershire to reduce their risk of falls, which are one of the greatest causes of serious injuries and death among people over age 65. On September 18-22, GHC is partnering with the National Council on Aging (NCOA) to mark Falls Prevention Awareness Week.

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Veterans Moving Forwards recovery course

Veterans Moving Forwards recovery course

The autumn programme of recovery course Veterans Moving Forwards starts next month. The course has been co-produced with veterans and is offered by Gloucestershire Health and Wellbeing College.

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World Breastfeeding Week: 1-7 August

World Breastfeeding Week: 1-7 August

World Breastfeeding Week officially kicks off tomorrow, each year celebrated around the world from 1-7 August. Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Health Visiting team offers a range of support, including advice on positioning, attachment, hand expressing and assisting you and your family to continue to breastfeed for as long as planned. If problems occur, your health visitor can refer you to our Specialist Breast Feeding team.

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Hope House sexual health community clinics reopen

Hope House sexual health community clinics reopen

Hope House is pleased to announce its face-to-face community clinics are up and running again. Due to Covid-19 our clinics at Coleford Health Centre, Stroud, Cirencester and Tewkesbury community hospitals, Hartpury University, Hartpury College and the Royal Agricultural College, have been restricted to telephone and video consultations only.

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Last chance to get your spring Covid booster

Last chance to get your spring Covid booster

Throughout Spring 2023 our Outreach Vaccination team has been offering boosters to those at highest risk of severe illness from Covid-19. The vaccine offers added protection if Covid rates are high over the summer months and reduces people’s chances of needing hospital treatment if they do catch the virus.

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Trusts join forces to take on military challenge

Trusts join forces to take on military challenge

Gloucestershire Health and Care joined forces with members of Great Western Hospitals NHS Trust to field a team in Exercise Medical Endeavour (formerly the South West NHS Military Challenge), which took place at Okehampton Army Training Camp over the weekend (16-18 June).

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Cervical Screening Awareness Week: 19-24 June

Cervical Screening Awareness Week: 19-24 June

This week (19-24) June is Cervical Screening Awareness Week – a campaign launched in 2021 to encourage those eligible for screening to respond to their cervical screening invitation letters and book an appointment at their GP practice or sexual health clinic if they missed their last one.

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Heart Failure Awareness Week 2023

Heart Failure Awareness Week 2023

Heart Failure Awareness Week, held every year in May, is an opportunity for us to shine a light on heart failure and to raise awareness about our fantastic Heart Failure Service at GHC. Led by the British Society for Heart Failure (BSH), the campaign aims to raise awareness of the importance of recognising heart failure symptoms early, getting an accurate diagnosis and receiving optimal treatment.

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Sustainability

Sustainability

The Trust's Sustainability Strategy has just been published, laying out our approach for the next...

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World Occupational Therapy Day

World Occupational Therapy Day

World OT Day was first launched on 27 October 2010 by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT). Since then it has become an important date in the occupational therapy calendar to promote and celebrate the profession internationally.

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Monkeypox

Monkeypox

Monkeypox is a rare infectious disease, but there are a number of cases in the UK. That number is...

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Today is World AIDS Day

Today is World AIDS Day

Thirty-three years ago, 1st December was designated an international day dedicated to raising the awareness of the HIV/AIDS pandemic and remembering those lost to the disease. We have come a long way since then, but there is still more we can do to support ending AIDS.

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Legs Matter Week 2021

Legs Matter Week 2021

Legs Matter Week – an annual celebration which aims to highlight best practice in leg care and early detection, as well as promote the ‘well leg’.

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AHPs Day 2021

AHPs Day 2021

Celebrating our Allied Health Professionals October 14th marks national AHPs Day - a day to...

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LGBT History Month 2021

LGBT History Month 2021

February marks the beginning of LGBT History Month 2021, an annual month-long celebration of the LGBT+ community and a time that is used to raise awareness of issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people.

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Apprenticeship Awards 2021

Apprenticeship Awards 2021

As part of National Apprenticeship Week 2021, the Apprenticeships team is excited to host a pre-recorded award ceremony, recognising and celebrating the achievements of our current and recently completed apprentices.

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