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Self-harm support online event

Self-harm support online event

Join us on Friday 13 October, 1pm-2pm, for our next free online lunchtime event to hear from Jenny Groves, Founder and CEO of Battle Scars.

Battle Scars is a survivor-run charity providing support to those affected by self-harm.

Jenny will talk to us about the myths and realities of self-harm and the services and support available. This session is suitable for people who self-harm and family, friends or professionals supporting those who self-harm.

There will also be a chance to ask questions.

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Menopause online event

Menopause online event

Menopause online event

Join us at our free menopause online event on Friday 8 September, 1pm-2pm, to hear from Jenny Haskey from The Menopause Charity.

Jenny will talk to us about what the menopause is, its impact on our future health and the treatment and lifestyle options which can help to manage symptoms. She will also give us information about useful support and resources provided by The Menopause Charity.

There will be a chance to ask questions after the presentation.

The session is suitable for anyone wanting to know more about the menopause and what support is available, including those experiencing menopause and their partners, friends and family members. It is also suitable for professionals who want further information about how to support those affected by the menopause.

Please note the session is not intended to provide specific individual clinical advice.

Register now and we will send you a link to join closer to the event.

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Social prescribing online event

Social prescribing online event

Free online social prescribing event

Join us for our next free online lunchtime event on Friday 11 August, between 1.00pm and 2.00pm. We’ll be joined by Lianne Watkins and Christine Mitchell, Living Well Coordinators for the West Northumberland Primary Care Network, who will talk about social prescribing and how it can help you and your family.

Many things affect our health and wellbeing, not just medical issues. In some cases your doctor, or other healthcare professional, may refer you to the social prescribing service. Social Prescribers can direct you to services that can help with things such as counselling services, arts and creative activities, social activities, employment and training and financial advice.

In the session Lianne and Christine will talk about how the service works, who can be referred and how you can be referred to this free service.

This session is suitable for anyone who is registered with one of the 12 GP practices within the West Northumberland PCN.

There will also be a chance to ask questions.

Find out more about the Living Well Coordination service.

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Online event – Long Covid

Online event – Long Covid

Join us for our next free online lunchtime event on Friday 14 July, 1pm-2pm.

We will hear from Dr Charles Shepherd, Hon. Medical Adviser at the ME Association, who will talk to us about Long Covid and the similarities with ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

He will explain what is known about the condition and discuss the best approach to managing the symptoms. He will also talk about how functional ability and quality of life might be improved.

There will be a chance to ask questions.

Register now and we will send you a link to join closer to the event.

If you would like to tell us about your experience of Long Covid and the health and care services you have used, please get in touch.

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Online event – Arthritis Action

Online event – Arthritis Action

Join us for our next online lunchtime event on Friday 9 June, 1pm-2pm. Ruth Smith, Engagement & Events Coordinator for Arthritis Action, will be joining us to talk about arthritis, self-management and resources for people living with the condition.

She will cover topics including pain management, diet and keeping active for those who may be new to exercise but want some tips on how to start.

This session is suitable for people who live or work in Northumberland and are living with or working with any form of arthritis, including osteoarthritis, inflammatory arthritis and gout. The presentation may also be useful for those with other conditions causing joint pain such as fibromyalgia.

There will be a chance to ask questions.

Register now and we will send you a link to join closer to the event.

If you would like more information or would like to tell us about health or social care services you have used please get in touch.

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Online event: Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

Would you like to find out about the benefits of physiotherapy and how to improve your strength?

Join us on Friday 12 May, 1pm-2pm, to hear from Rachael Wadlow from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. Rachel will give an overview of the physiotherapy profession in the UK and the Stronger My Way Hub – a ‘one stop shop’ of physio-approved reliable advice and insight about strength, suitable for both healthcare professionals and the public.

The UK Chief Medical Officer’s guidance on physical activity recommends doing strengthening activities at least twice a week, but research shows too few people meet what has become known as ‘the forgotten guideline’.

The Stronger My Way Hub offers resources for the public to maintain and improve strength, including information for people living with stroke, cancer, heart disease, multiple sclerosis and chronic pain. Professionals can also access a range of strengthening resources to help empower patients to become stronger.

There will be a chance to ask questions.

Register now and we will send you a link to join closer to the event: bit.ly/HWN-online-event-physiotherapy-May-23

If you would like more information or would like to tell us about physiotherapy services you have used please get in touch.

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Online Event – Asthma+Lung UK

Join us on Friday 12 August, 1pm-2pm to hear a presentation from Nick Powell from Asthma+Lung UK.

In this free, online public event Nick will provide a brief overview of asthma, COPD, mesothelioma and other lung conditions.

We will also hear about the national and local support available from Asthma+Lung UK. There will be a chance to ask questions.

Register now and we will send you a link to join closer to the event: bit.ly/Asthma-Lung-event

 

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Events

Online event NECA gambling support

Online event – NECA Gambling Support

Online event – NECA gambling support

Join us to hear from Amanda Sutcliffe from NECA who will be talking to us about gambling, understanding signs that gambling may have become harmful and the first steps in making changes. She will also outline the gambling information, advice and support provided by NECA across Northumberland and the North East. There will be a chance to ask questions.

This session is suitable for anyone concerned about their own or a loved one’s gambling or professionals supporting people where gambling may be a concern.

Register now and we will send you a link to join closer to the event.

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Care Homes Online Forum

Please join us for our next online care homes forum on Wednesday 8 November, 10am – 11am via Zoom.

We will be hearing from a Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspector who will be giving an overview of the CQC’s role in regulating and inspecting care homes. There will be a chance to ask questions.

We would also like to hear your feedback of visiting your loved ones in care homes and accessing care home respite or simply join us to get further support or information from people with shared experiences.

To register for a space or give feedback outside the forum please email: info@healthwatchnorthumberland.co.uk or call us on 03332 408468.

See what we discussed at previous care homes forums

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Care Homes Online Forum

Please join us for our next online care homes forum on Thursday 27 July, 10am – 11am via Zoom.

Are you a relative of someone who lives in a care home, or have you recently helped a loved one access respite within a care home? Would you like support or information from others who have shared similar experiences? Come along to our next care homes forum to share your feedback or simply come along to find out more. We will also give an update on our ‘look and listen’ visits into care homes.

To register for a space or give feedback outside the forum please email: info@healthwatchnorthumberland.co.uk or call us on 03332 408468.

See what we discussed at previous care homes forums

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Care Home Online Forum

Please join us for our next online care home forum on Monday 17 April, 10am – 11am via Zoom.

Following the discussion about respite care at the last meeting, Carers Northumberland will tell us about a survey it has done and what carers are saying about their experiences of respite care in the county. If you have had recent experience of this we’d like to hear from you.

We will also hear from the new Acute Admiral Nurse Service which provides specialist dementia support in care homes and the community in Northumberland.

We are starting a piece of work with a care home provider to learn from residents, loved ones and those who run and work in care homes what local lessons can be learnt from the pandemic and positive ideas that would help in other “lockdown” or restricted access situations.  We are at the early stages so come along and help us to shape what questions to ask and share examples of good practice you have experienced.

To register for a space or give feedback outside the forum please email: info@healthwatchnorthumberland.co.uk or call us on 03332 408468.

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Online event – Eating Distress North East (EDNE)

Join us to hear from Maria Lavelle, Training Officer for EDNE (Eating Distress North East), who will talk about the early identification of eating disorders and how best to support those who have one. She will cover how to recognise signs, symptoms and potential triggers of an eating disorder; practical strategies for working with people with eating disorders; and increase your knowledge of local support services in Northumberland and the North East of England.

There will be a chance to ask questions.

Register now and we will send you a link to join closer to the event: bit.ly/EDNE-event-April-2023

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Online event – Limbless Association

Join us to hear from Tania Spurling from the Limbless Association who will talk about the important role the charity plays in working alongside clinical services to provide support for amputees across the UK.

The Limbless Association is the largest civilian limb loss charity in the UK. As a national charity, working with amputees and sector professionals for over 39 years, the Limbless Association offers both practical and emotional support for amputees throughout their pre and post-amputation journey.

This session will provide an overview of the Limbless Association’s services and support available for amputees, their families, friends, and professionals. There will be a chance to ask questions. Register now and we will send you a link to join closer to the event: bit.ly/Limbless-Association-March-2023

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Care Home Online Forum

Please join us for our next online care home forum on Monday 9 January, 10am – 11.30am via Zoom.

At our next forum we will be hearing from Alan Curry, Senior Manager – Commissioning Northumberland County Council who will be there to give us an overview on the current situation for Northumberland care homes including information and guidance around care home respite and planned hospital discharge into care homes and associated challenges.

We would also like to hear from you about your current experiences of visiting your loved ones in care homes and your experiences of accessing care home respite or care home placement following a planned discharge from hospital.

To register for a space or give feedback outside the forum please email: info@healthwatchnorthumberland.co.uk or call us on 03332 408468.

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Care Home Online Forum

Please join us for our next online care home forum on Friday 30 September, 11.30am – 12.30pm (not 19 September as previously advertised).

At our previous forums we have heard how visiting restrictions in care homes have affected people living there and their relatives, heard more recent experiences of visiting including as an ‘essential care giver’ and discussed ‘the things we wished we had known before our loved one moved into a care home’ to produce guidance to help others.

At our next forum we would like to hear your current experiences of visiting your loved ones and about how visits to the care home from professionals such as dentists, chiropodists and opticians are working.

We will also be starting to visit care homes to understand from a lay perspective how they are doing after the pandemic. Through talking to residents and carers we can get an insight into different aspects of the home, for example meals or activities and would like your advice to help shape this project.

To register for a space please email: info@healthwatchnorthumberland.co.uk or call us on 03332 408468.