The inaugural meeting of COPD Wessex Integrated Network Group (COPD WING) took place on the 9th November 2016 in Southampton.
The group has been set up to bring together people from across the Wessex region who has a vested interest in Chronic Obstructed Pulmonary Disease.
Health care professionals and patient groups attended the evening along with representatives from local Clinical Commissioning Groups, South Central Ambulance Service, smoking cessation services and the Wessex Academic Health Science Network.
The everyday management of a long-term condition is almost never done by individuals in isolation from others. The networks of relationships around people may include family members, friends, neighbours, colleagues, health professionals and even pets all of who play an important role in the management of long-term conditions. This is through, for example, their knowledge, support, help with accessing services, resources and valued activities.
These are the words from the people who help design, review and take part in health research here in the Wessex region. It’s commonly called Public Involvement or sometimes PPI, but it basically comes down to involving people in research that makes a difference in our community. People become involved for several and varied reasons; as a carer, someone with a health condition or as someone with an interest – what’s important is that they make a difference and we couldn’t be without them.
In 2015 I was fortunate enough to be awarded some funding from Solent NHS Trust to explore the networks of people with long term mental health issues. This project looked at how people manage their networks day-to-day and when they are in crisis, looking to see what the differences were between networks and how people negotiate the relationships within them. All the participants were recruited from community groups and many of the participants were students of a local Recovery College*.
In April, on behalf of the NIHR CLAHRC Wessex, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, the Faculty of Health Sciences University of Southampton and our Wessex NHS partners I had the privilege of presenting at the 6th NETNEP International Nurse Education Conference in Brisbane, NSW, Australia. I demonstrated how our collaborative training programme is creating clinical academic leaders in nursing, midwifery and the allied health professionals (NMAHP) in Wessex.
Yesterday saw the release of the Nuffield Trust’s report on “Reshaping the workforce to deliver the care patients need“. Asked to respond to news headlines that reported on this I responded to headlines that framed the reports conclusions as a solution to junior doctor shortages, for example on the BBC news. Of course, there is a […]
Primary care professionals have contributed a lot in recent years to meeting the medical needs of those with diabetes and other chronic illnesses. However, despite being viewed by commentators as the big hope for progressing patient education and self-management support our most recent paper suggests otherwise. We might need to think again whether it’s a good thing to use GPs and practice nurses more in this area.
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