The “Catalysts for Change” funding enables nurses and their partners in the community to achieve one or more of the following:
- Build relationships that enable culture change by developing a shared vision/ language.
- Enable and involve individuals, groups or communities who may be considered excluded or marginalised.
- Make a contribution to reducing inequalities in health.
This year, we have selected seven projects.
Govan Men’s Shed
A core group of men have set up the Men’s Shed with the help of the practice nurse and Community Development Officer (CDW). The project is very much community led,
with those using the shed leading on the activities and support being offered. They have been able to find suitable premises, a disused nursery, and have started its refurbishment. The group have been applying for funding /raising money and have set up a committee for the general running of the shed. They applied for charitable status and have been granted this, to help ensure the sustainability of the Shed. It will provide a dedicated, friendly and welcoming meeting place for men to share and learn skills, or redevelop old skills, construct items, use tools, relax and make friends. The practice nurse will be able to offer support around health issues in an informal accessible way, reaching a group in the community who are often isolated and struggle to engage with health services.
Nature Walks for Wellbeing
The project is an exciting new outdoor nature therapy programme aimed at people of all ages in and around Falkirk to bring together clinical staff with the people they are supporting in a relaxed, outdoor setting. The project aims to reap the benefits which a connection to nature and spending time outdoors can have on physical and mental
wellbeing, while also improving social interaction for participants who may feel isolated within the community. The first set of 10 week sessions has already taken place with a further set planned to start in March. Staff within the NHS mental health team deal with a large workload of patients with varied and complex needs, and for them spending time with their patients in a natural outdoor setting has also had a positive effect on their own wellbeing as well as the patients’ wellbeing.
Working with children and young people – A community approach to understanding and valuing breastfeeding and early nutrition
This project will engage with children and young people in Ayrshire to increase awareness and normalise breastfeeding by using short, age-appropriate interactive learning sessions. It will also use the local Breastfeed Happily Here scheme to start conversations about breastfeeding in
community spaces. The team have already built up good relationships with the local nursery, primary schools and secondary school and the teachers are keen to incorporate the learning sessions into the curriculum and to use their own learning to actively promote breastfeeding with their pupils.
How Community Nurses Support Self-Management
This research project, led by a community nurse in partnership
with Queen Margaret University and COPE Scotland, will look at understanding how to maximise the impact of Scottish community nurses in enabling people with long term conditions experiencing depression and/or anxiety to self-manage their
health. This project is being co-funded by COPE Scotland which supports self-management and are keen to promote the role community nurses can play in helping people find ways to live well and improve their health and wellbeing.
This study would contribute to a larger programme of older people and wellbeing research within the centre for person-centred Practice at Queen Margaret University under the strategic leadership of Professor Jan Dewing.
This partnership offers a real life opportunity to find new ways of making links between academia and communities and practitioners in the field.
Working together to promote resilience and enhance informal carers’ well-being in Tweeddale
With an increasing number of informal carers in the Tweeddale area who have been identified as caring for a person with dementia, Community Nurses, informal carers and the Borders Carers’ Centre are meeting together to have conversations about the best ways of promoting feelings of
health and wellbeing for those at the centre of care. By putting carers at the centre of the project from the outset, the developed resources will meet their expressed needs and inform those who want to support them to do it in the most helpful way.
The Three Bridges – Promoting Blood Borne Virus Wellness within Police Custody Suites
The project aims are to provide an-opt out testing system with
instant results for Hepatitis C Virus for those identified as “at risk” within police custody in Edinburgh. There are a substantial number of people that drop out of the care pathway from testing, diagnosis, assessment, treatment, referral and completion of treatment.
Working collaboratively with police custody nurses, community nurses and hospital nurses, we can identify and support those most at risk and in need of Blood Borne Virus intervention through the patient pathway. The overall aim is to reduce health inequalities and help these disenfranchised patients into meaningful healthcare.
Crail Medical Practice wants to offer patients a more accessible walking group which starts at the practice and is led by practice staff. The aim is to engage patients who have previously had barriers to engaging in regular exercise or attending groups. We want to promote activity as an alternative/adjunct to medicines and support patients to make meaningful lifestyle changes. By
embedding the walking group into the practice as a health intervention we can improve health, wellbeing and activity levels in a very deprived population in familiar surroundings with staff they already know and trust.