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Dysphagia and nutrition

Dysphagia and nutrition

Difficulties with swallowing will often have a big impact on the amount and type of foods which a person is able to manage. This can place people at higher risk of not eating enough to meet their needs, or ‘malnutrition’. It is not difficult to see why mealtimes for...

Spotlight on dysphagia

Spotlight on dysphagia

This week, we are raising awareness of dysphagia across the Trust and we'll be sharing lots of information here and across our social media channels. Each day we will be sharing a blog from one of our colleagues. Dysphagia is the medical term used for difficulties in...

New Suicide Prevention Initiative for Gloucestershire

New Suicide Prevention Initiative for Gloucestershire

A ‘letter of hope’ is to be given to anyone arriving at Gloucestershire’s hospitals who has attempted suicide or is experiencing suicidal feelings. The letter has been written by people who have also made attempts to take their own life, or who have supported family...

New Website for ‘One Gloucestershire’

New Website for ‘One Gloucestershire’

‘One Gloucestershire’ is the working name given to the partnership between the county’s NHS and care organisations to help keep people healthy, support active communities and ensure high quality, joined up care when needed. The partnership now has a website where you...

Celebrating Our Allied Health Professionals on #AHPsDay

Celebrating Our Allied Health Professionals on #AHPsDay

Today marks the first ‘Allied Health Professions (AHPs)’ day in England.  An idea posted just a couple of months ago on twitter by AHP leads in Cornwall caught the interest of NHS England and a social movement commenced. A logo, pin badges and a whole raft of...

Run the 2019 London Marathon for 2gether’s Charity!

Run the 2019 London Marathon for 2gether’s Charity!

The Virgin Money London Marathon is one of the most iconic events in the world and our Trust Charity has been allocated a place for next year’s event! To be in the running to take up this coveted place, please send us your details using the link below. You'll need to...

World Mental Health Day – Dr Dominique Thompson

World Mental Health Day – Dr Dominique Thompson

On World Mental Health Day, the World Federation for Mental Health invites us to talk about mental health, wear a green ribbon, and increase our awareness of certain issues. This year on October 10th, one of the 6 themes relating to ‘Young People in a Changing World’...

World Mental Health Day – Jo’s Story

World Mental Health Day – Jo’s Story

10th October marks World Mental Health Day, which this year, as well as raising the profile and awareness of mental health globally, focuses on “Young people and mental health in a changing world”. According to research, one in ten youngsters in the UK suffer from a...

2gether Rated Above National Average in PLACE Assessment

2gether Rated Above National Average in PLACE Assessment

Our latest Patient Led Assessment of the Care Environment (PLACE) results put us above the national average for mental health and learning disability settings in all of the six domains for the first time since PLACE began in 2013. The 2018 assessments took place...

Help Us Shape our Future

Help Us Shape our Future

Service users, carers and family members are being invited to take part in workshops to help shape the future of the services provided jointly by ²gether and Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust. The Trusts plan to join together, in order to provide integrated...

Pharmacy Opening Hours for Bank Holiday

Pharmacy Opening Hours for Bank Holiday

As it's a Bank Holiday this weekend, please make sure you have enough medication. If you need a pharmacy, the opening hours for Gloucestershire and Herefordshire pharmacies on bank holiday Monday can be found below: Gloucestershire Pharmacies (PDF download)...

Ed’s Blog – the Mood-boosting Power of Sport

Ed’s Blog – the Mood-boosting Power of Sport

Sport is an important part of my coping strategy, it helps me with a lot of things, exercise, concentration and team work, to name a few.  I have played sport during a psychotic episode and it helped keep me out of hospital, things were getting worse but the sport...

ROSCAs Shortlist Announced Ahead of Awards Ceremony

ROSCAs Shortlist Announced Ahead of Awards Ceremony

At 2gether NHS Foundation Trust we are hugely proud of our dedicated staff and volunteers. Our annual ROSCAs (Recognising Outstanding Service and Contribution Awards) event aims to reward those staff and volunteers who have gone above and beyond in their roles. We...

Garden Project Continues to Grow

Garden Project Continues to Grow

A garden project set up at our Weavers Croft site, in Stroud, continues to grow and bear fruit. The garden project started 18 months ago. Once waist-high in weeds, the garden is now an attractive and productive space; providing opportunities for people to engage in...

Meet our Mental Health Liaison Team

Meet our Mental Health Liaison Team

People with mental health issues visiting hospitals in Gloucestershire are getting a swift and compassionate response from an award-winning team. The Mental Health Liaison Team is poised to deal with all kinds of situations in both adults and young people aged 16+, 24...

Celebrating 70 years of the NHS in Herefordshire

Celebrating 70 years of the NHS in Herefordshire

A service of celebration to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS is to be held at Hereford Cathedral on the evening of Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 7.30pm. The event is open to anyone who has had a connection to the NHS – whether a current or past member of staff (or...

Learning Disability Week 2018

Learning Disability Week 2018

Making sure that people with a learning disability get good healthcare in hospital is the focus of this year’s Learning Disability Week. ²gether NHS Foundation Trust, which provides services for people with a learning disability in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire,...

Valuing carers – 2gether supports Carers’ Week 2018

Valuing carers – 2gether supports Carers’ Week 2018

Carers provide a vital support network for people who use ²gether NHS Foundation Trust’s services in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire. It is estimated there are 101,000 carers across both counties and Carers’ Week, which runs from 11-17 June, is a chance to recognise...

Annual General Meeting

Annual General Meeting

Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 19 July, 2018. This year we will be hosting a joint AGM with Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust, with whom we are planning a merger. The event will take place at the University of Gloucestershire Park Campus, in...

Could you join us as a governor?

Could you join us as a governor?

The Trust will soon be holding elections to our Council of Governors and nominations are now open. Find out more about the role of the governor here. Elections are to be held for the following positions: Four Public Governors in the following constituencies (all terms...

A trip down memory lane at our NHS70 exhibition and open day

A trip down memory lane at our NHS70 exhibition and open day

An open day and exhibition is being held at Blackfriars Priory, in Gloucester, on 5 July to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS. The exhibition, which runs from 10am until 7pm, will showcase local NHS services as well as historic artefacts charting the history of the...

Help us make a difference – Volunteers Week 1-7 June

Help us make a difference – Volunteers Week 1-7 June

Have you ever thought about volunteering? Volunteers enrich our organisation and we greatly value the huge contribution they make.  Volunteering also brings proven benefits to people’s health and wellbeing. Volunteers’ Week runs from 1-7 June and we want to encourage...

Trust Retains and improves its CQC Rating of ‘Good’

Trust Retains and improves its CQC Rating of ‘Good’

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has today published the findings of its latest inspection of ²gether NHS Foundation Trust. The CQC has rated the Trust as ‘Good’. This is the same overall rating the Trust received following its last inspection in 2015. However,...

Trust Appoints former GP as New Non-Executive Director

Trust Appoints former GP as New Non-Executive Director

A new non-executive director has been welcomed to the board of ²gether NHS Foundation Trust. Dominique Thompson, who lives in Bristol, was a GP for almost 20 years. She specialised in student health and specifically mental health, along with a special interest in...

Stress: Are we coping?

Stress: Are we coping?

Stress is the focus of a series of events being held to mark Mental Health Awareness Week, which runs from May 14 to 20. Alex Burrage is Clinical Lead for ²gether’s Let’s Talk service, which supports people experiencing mental health conditions such as anxiety,...

Where to Turn if You’re Struggling with Becoming a Parent

Where to Turn if You’re Struggling with Becoming a Parent

Mental illness in pregnant and postnatal women often goes unrecognised, undiagnosed and untreated, and this can have a devastating impact on the women affected and their families. This year’s Maternal Mental Health Matters Awareness Week, from 30 April to 6 May, aims...

Experience of Care Week

Experience of Care Week

We are taking part in Experience of Care week to celebrate the work that is happening to improve the experiences of our service users, families, carers and staff. The celebration week, from 23 to 27 April, will put experience of care in the spotlight and give people...

Gloucester Hub Officially Open

Gloucester Hub Officially Open

An official opening has been held at the new base for ²gether  NHS Foundation Trust’s community-based mental health and learning disability teams, in Gloucester. Pullman Place, in Great Western Road, is now home to more than 260 staff. As well as office space, the...

Commitment to Carers Recognised with Second Gold Star

Commitment to Carers Recognised with Second Gold Star

Our commitment to working in partnership with carers has been recognised with a second gold star under a national scheme. The Triangle of Care scheme is run by the Carers Trust, and brings carers, service users and professionals closer together to jointly promote the...

Whose Shoes?

Whose Shoes?

If you have become a parent in the past five years and have experienced mental health difficulties during this time, why not come along to a ‘Whose Shoes?’ event and share your views? We'd love to hear your experiences of any help received with mental health issues...

Carers Engagement Workshop

Carers Engagement Workshop

Gloucestershire County Council, NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group and ²gether NHS Foundation Trust would like to hear from both carers and those they care for with mental health conditions, a learning disability or dementia, about the support that...

Nutrition and Hydration Week – sip feeds

Nutrition and Hydration Week – sip feeds

Studies have shown that the use of sip feeds can be beneficial in malnourished individuals. As part of Nutrition and Hydration Week, specialist dietitian Carly Atkinson has shared more information around this topic, including ways to ensure that the benefits of the...

2gether Signs the NHS Smokefree Pledge

2gether Signs the NHS Smokefree Pledge

We’ve shown our commitment to a smokefree future across communities in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire by signing the NHS Smokefree Pledge. ²gether has been a Smokefree Trust since April 2017.  This means we don’t allow smoking in any of our premises (including our...

Nutrition and Hydration Week – effective weight loss strategies

Nutrition and Hydration Week – effective weight loss strategies

What is Nutrition and Hydration Week? This week, 12-18 March, is Nutrition and Hydration Week. As a Trust, this week provides an opportunity for us to raise awareness and celebrate the work our colleagues do in supporting our service users to eat and drink well. This...

Deadline for ROSCA Nominations Extended

Deadline for ROSCA Nominations Extended

²gether staff who want to nominate their health hero for a special award have extra time to do so. The deadline for nominations for the Recognising Outstanding Service and Contribution Awards (ROSCAs) has been extended to Tuesday March 20th 2018. This year, the award...

Online Self Help Eating Disorders Study

Online Self Help Eating Disorders Study

Our research team is promoting a study into online self-help for bulimia and binge eating disorder. Participants either receive everyBody Plus, an 8-session internet-based, guided self-help programme, based on cognitive behavioural therapy, or alternatively they...

Losing the Need for Hospital

Losing the Need for Hospital

It's more than three years since I was last in Wotton Lawn, but still when my mood dips I want to be back in hospital. I spent almost 16 months on the recovery ward at Laurel House in Cheltenham, between November 2014 and February 2016, and when I left I was ready to...

Telephone Disruption – Trust Sites

Telephone Disruption – Trust Sites

An essential upgrade to our telephony system means that incoming calls to some of our sites will be unavailable for a short time on certain evenings this week. Calls to our crisis service, outgoing calls and internal calls will be unaffected. The work will begin this...

CQC Focus Groups

CQC Focus Groups

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) check the quality of health and care providers. They will soon carry out an inspection of our services. They want to meet our service users and carers to find out what you think about the services we provide. There are two focus...

2gether Trust Working to Improve the Lives of Homeless People

2gether Trust Working to Improve the Lives of Homeless People

People with poor mental health are at greater risk of experiencing the three main factors which can lead to homelessness: poverty, isolation and vulnerability. In turn, being homeless can cause a decline in mental health and lead to anxiety, fear, depression,...

Children’s Mental Health Week 2018

Children’s Mental Health Week 2018

Information and advice on children and young people’s mental health is being promoted by experts from ²gether NHS Foundation Trust during Children’s Mental Health Week. The Trust is sharing 10 top tips to help children and young people cope with ups and downs on their...

The Power of Positive Writing

The Power of Positive Writing

Writing is more than a hobby; it helps with so many areas of my life. I believe, and I’ve been told, that I am good at it. I’ve written two books about my experiences of mental illness which I hope to publish one day. I’ve also started writing short stories about...

Time to Talk Carers’ Event

Time to Talk Carers’ Event

Do you regularly help or support a family member, friend, neighbour or colleague who has mental health difficulties or a learning disability? Do you do this without being paid? If so, you could be classed as a carer. On national Time to Talk Day - February 1 - we're...

Expansion of Criminal Justice Liaison Service

Expansion of Criminal Justice Liaison Service

The service which helps address the health and social needs of people in the Criminal Justice System within Gloucestershire has been expanded. The Criminal Justice Liaison Service, provided by ²gether NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with PROSPECTS and the Nelson...

Go Smokefree in 2018

Go Smokefree in 2018

We've been a Smokefree Trust since April 2017 and from January 2018 we're focussing our efforts on supporting service users, carers and our own colleagues to quit smoking in Herefordshire. We do not allow smoking in any of our premises, including our gardens, car...

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