Local Services for Chronic Pain

Local services and representatives of the 3,000 adults in Orkney believed to experience moderate to severe chronic pain have been looking at ways to better support people with the condition.

Chronic pain can have a severe impact on the quality of life of individuals and families and is a major challenge with substantial wellbeing and economic costs.

Chronic pain can be caused by many different health conditions, and exercise is a recognised therapy to help improve wellbeing. The Orkney Chronic Pain Service Improvement group has been considering ways of making it easier for those experiencing chronic pain to exercise if they wish. Following feedback from local people, fitness instructors at the Picky and OIC Sport and Leisure facilities are now receiving coaching from local NHS physiotherapist Lesley Platford. “The aim is to give them confidence to support those who wish to use the facilities,” says Mark Harrison, General Manager of the Pickaquoy Centre. “It’s been really beneficial for the Picky team to be involved with this project, with benefits for both our staff, and current and future customers’.”

Arthritis Care is also an active member of the group, and as a result of their involvement they’ve been able to offer additional Joint Activity and Tai chi courses locally.These courses are open to anyone with a long term condition including people experiencing chronic pain.

People who have participated in the courses reported feeling more energetic with improved confidence and quality of life. Sheila Chapman, who attended a Tai Chi course in Burray last November, said: “I’m really enjoying the tai chi and feeling the benefits already. I’m unable to do any keep fit due to my condition so this has given me an opportunity to do gentle exercise.”

Fellow participant Winnie Davidson is also enthusiastic about the course and added: “When I first started I had to sit down most of the class, but now I can stand for it as my knees are more supple."

In another initiative Voluntary Action Orkney is hosting a Facebook page and website where individuals can link together locally and nationally to find out more about ways to help with their pain.

For more information about the Joint Activity and Tai chi courses coming up get in touch with alexf@arthritiscare.org.uk or telephone 0141 954 7776.

Check out the Orkney Chronic Pain Self Help Facebook page and website http://www.chronicpainorkney.co.uk/ for more information.

For more information contact Carolyn Chalmers, Service Improvement Coordinator, NHS Orkney Carolyn.Chalmers@nhs.net or 01856 888079.

Anyone experiencing chronic pain and interested in being part of a local support group should contact Edwina Lloyd, Training & Development Worker, Voluntary Action Orkney Telephone 01856 872897 or email Edwina.Lloyd@vaorkney.org.uk

We're looking for people like you!

Would you like to use your interests to make a difference in the life of a young person? We are looking for a wide variety of volunteers to join our team - we need quiet ones as well as outgoing folk; sporty ones as well as those who are creative; funny people and serious people. Whatever your personality is…. you have skills that can be used as a befriender. Befrienders come in all shapes and sizes, just like young people do and we have all types of young people on our waiting list.

The Young People’s Befriending Project is running training in the next few weeks for new volunteers, if you’d like to get involved please contact John or Morgan at 01856 872897 or email enquiries@vaorkney.org.uk.

Community Learning and Development Survey

Community Learning and Development (CLD) is more than just evening classes.

The CLD task is to help people, whatever their age, get involved in learning opportunities and play as full a part as possible in the life of their communities. This includes youth work, adult learning, and community development activities.

So it's important that there is a well-researched overarching plan for the County on how to support everyone to be active, engaged learners.

The survey can be found by clicking the following link: www.surveymonkey.com/s/orkneylearns

NHS Young Volunteers 2015

Seven young volunteers recently achieved their 10 hour Saltire Award in recognition of their involvement in an NHS Orkney Patient Feedback pilot project. Volunteers were tasked with gathering real time feedback from patients in wards at the Balfour Hospital about their experience. Four simple questions were asked and all the feedback gathered was monitored and actions were taken when required.

Julie Tait, NHS Orkney Patient Experience Officer, said, “We really value the support and interest of volunteers at the Balfour and this young team did an excellent job, using the software on our Feedback iPads to gather feedback from inpatients over two months. Staff greatly appreciated the time the volunteers gave up to carry out the project. Patients were glad to help and told us they also enjoyed chatting to the young volunteers! Gathering patients’ views helps us understand what we are doing right and what we can look to improve. The feedback was generally extremely positive and was welcomed by the staff caring for the patients.”

All the young volunteers enjoyed their experience and felt that it gave them a real insight into the hospital setup. They all commented that it has increased their confidence and communication skills as well helping to make a positive difference. When asked if they had a memorable moment during their involvement one said “the privilege of talking to the patients and them sharing their stories with me and feeling like I am helping to sort out problems which patients may have.”

Top Left: Helen Flett, Rebecca Tait, Kira Davidson, Ocean Miller     Bottom Left: Sarah Firth, Paige Kirkness, Emma Graham

The pilot project was set up in partnership with NHS Orkney and Voluntary Action Orkney to encourage young people to volunteer in their community and to give the opportunity to volunteer in a hospital setting. As the pilot has been a success there are plans to run it again. Full training, an induction and support will be given. If you are aged 16-25 and would like to find out more please get in touch with Laura Leonard by email laura.leoanrd@vaorkney.org.uk

Getting it Right for Children and Families in Orkney – A Focus on Wellbeing

This Children’s Services Workforce event on 11th February 2015 is aimed at all practitioners working with children and families in Orkney.

This Getting It Right Masterclass aims to raise awareness of the key components of Getting It Right for Every Child which have been strengthened through The Children and Young People’s Act 2014. The Masterclass will help participants understand the roles of professionals within universal and specialist services, the functions of the named person and lead professional, the concept of risk and the definition of wellbeing and also multi agency planning and the use of The Child’s Plan.

This masterclass will be led by the multi-agency Getting it Right Practitioners Group and will feature the views of local children on what ‘wellbeing’ means to them.

The day will start with a keynote speech from Dr Carol Craig, Chief Executive of the Centre for Confidence and Well-being. In this talk Carol will draw on the experience she has accumulated over the years while working at the Centre, particularly with Positive Psychology. This will be followed by a number of workshops covering a wide range of topics that are sure to appeal to practitioners working in children’s services.

Please book your place by contacting Keith.Hartmann@orkney.gov.uk by 30th January 2015.

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