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Issue three Spring 2012

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Life is a Rollercoaster – what you had to say!

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10-18yrs Design an App Competition Launch

“Outstanding” Cumbria MS nurse wins national award


Life is a rollercoaster – What you had to say! During the schools Easter holidays we re-launched our website for young people in Cumbria designed to help them learn more about emotional and physical health: ‘Life is a Rollercoaster’ www.rollercoaster.nhs.uk. It included quotes from young people about the situations they find difficult to deal with as well as advice from healthcare professionals and links to who else can help. We had over 100 young people aged 11-16 give us feedback. Some of the feedback included comments such as:

“I like it how it has issues we actually worry about” “I like it how it gives you information and stuff about what happens in life” “It has lots of good information and advice”

Launch of Rollercoaster App Competition

When asked what other information they would like some of the feedback included:

“How smoking affects you in the long term” “Help with relationships” “Exam stress” “How to deal with problems such as eczema, allergies and epilepsy”

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Young people in Cumbria could see their ideas come to life as an ‘app’ competition is launched in Cumbria this term. Young people aged between 10-18 years are asked to visit the website and view the interactive presentation on how to enter. The best idea, judged by a panel of young people and NHS staff will win a Tablet. Runners up in each of our 6 localities will win £50 iTunes vouchers. The competition runs until 29th of June with the winner and runners up being announced in early July.

Top tips for staying fit! 150 minutes of physical activity every week can greatly improve your health. Find out more at www.nhs.uk Here’s a list of everyday activities that could count towards your 150 minutes of physical activity each week: • • • •

go to For more information hs.uk www.rollercoaster.n

Gardening Housework Walking the dog Going up and down stairs

Front Cover: The Coniston Mountain Rescue Team came to the aid of District Nurses this Winter to help them through heavy snow and ice to reach patients who needed essential visits.


FREE stress management courses Cumbria Partnership offer a number of free stress management sessions. They take the form of educational courses so there is no need to talk about your own personal problems. The sessions are designed to educate people about stress and how to put in place strategies to cope with it. The stress management courses are happening in the following locations: • Kendal – commencing 10th July 2012, Stricklandgate House, Kendal, 10am – 11.30am • Barrow – commencing 10th July 2012, Custom House, Barrow, 10am – 11.30am • Penrith – commencing 10th September 2012, Eden Rural Foyer , 6pm – 7.30pm

courses can be More information about the apartnership.nhs.uk/ found here: www.cumbri stress-control-courses.htm

Self-help advice on dealing with stress can be found here: www.cumbriapartnership.nhs.uk/ firststep-self-help-resources.htm

, Don’t forget 2012 is the year to Quit Smoking 0 0190 on ce servi register with the stop smoking 324 222 or text QUIT to 82540. You can also visit your local NHS stop-smoking services or call the NHS Smoking Helpline, available on 0800 022 4332 (7am to 11pm daily).

Walking away from Diabetes Did you know that you can literally walk away from type 2 diabetes? There are two main types of diabetes: Type 2 Diabetes

Type 1 Diabetes

Currently, almost 23,000 people live with diabetes across Cumbria and a further 11,000 have the condition but do not know it. Cumbria Diabetes has already established structured education within the county (DESMOND & DAFNE) for people with diabetes but have recently commenced a new structured education programme, ‘Walking away from Diabetes’ which is designed to prevent people from developing Type 2 diabetes if they are at high risk of doing so.

Signs to look out for are: TYPE 1 Thirst Lethargy Loss of weight Needing to urinate more frequently Tiredness TYPE 2 Large waist circumference Smoking Family history Being overweight Poor diet Age (over 40)

If you, or someone you know, are worried about diabetes please see your GP.

Outstanding” Cumbria MS nurse wins national award Judith Brassington, a Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Specialist Nurse from Cumbria, has won the national ‘My Super Nurse Award 2012' - receiving the most nominations from patients of all the nurses involved. The MS Trust charity announced her win on 16th May 2012. Here are just some of the inspirational

comments received about Judith below: • "Judith has been a lifeline for me, nothing is any trouble. The world needs more Judith Brassingtons." • "Judith is our first MS nurse for our area, she shows outstanding commitment to her patients and we would certainly be lost without her."

To read the full article you can go to www.cumbriapartnership.nhs.uk/news/outstanding-cumbria-ms-nurse-wins-national-award


Make a difference Elections to the Governors Council will take place in September for Public Governors and Staff Governors in each of the localities. “Being a Governor provides a real opportunity to make a difference”, Sheila Goodliffe, Head Governor. The nominations stage will be open from 20 July - 7 August 2012. The ballot will take place 22 Aug – 17 Sept 2012. You must be 16 years or older to be eligible to be a governor.

This Year Anyone can be a sporting hero - Whether it’s planning the route, finding the pitch or encouraging people to take part - sport doesn’t just happen, it needs people to make it happen. Become one of 40,000 Sport Makers and you’ll not only get the skills, knowledge and opportunities you need to get more people playing sport, you’ll become part of the official London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic sports legacy. A Sport Maker is aged 16+ and enjoys some form of sport or physical activity already. If you are interested in becoming a sports maker you can register at http://www.sportmakers.co.uk/

Dates for your diary

We welcome 4 new Public Governors who were elected in April; Edward Wilson and Alan Faith, Public Governors Eden; Peter Garland and Sandra Kaufman, Public Governors South Lakeland. If you are interested in representing members in your local area and want to know more about the role of a governor, please contact Harriet Mouat, Governor Support Officer on 01228 603761 or harriet.mouat@cumbria.nhs.uk or your local Governors via our website www.cumbriapartnership.nhs.uk/governors.htm

Don’t forget to fo llow us on Twitter @CPFTNH S or like our Facebook pa ge for all the latest news from the Trust.

Coffee Time Sudoku

19th-26th July 2012 Members Olympic Countdown Prize Giveaway (watch out for further details being announced at www.cumbriapartnership.nhs.uk/themembers-area.htm).

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26th September 2012


Your Wellbeing - Issue 3 - Spring/Summer 2012