Signposting + Directories
Staffordshire Connects is an online directory of local care, support and wellbeing services, activities and events across Staffordshire aimed at the whole family.
Launched by Staffordshire County Council the Staffordshire Connects makes it easier for people to find and access support and wellbeing services from hundreds of organisations, all in one place. With just a few clicks of a button, you can browse, compare, book and buy activities.
To Find Activities in South Staffordshire try The Good Life Website
Parkinson’s UK has some great resources for pharmacists – check out their website at Parkinson’s UK or download the pdf version of their booklet for community pharmacists from the link below.
The following information is from the local office of the Alzheimer’s Society
Updated A4 Information and contact poster for you to use and display within your pharmacy / organisation. Poster is formatted to print to A4
They have asked if you will display the poster and to help to disseminate this information as widely as possible to ensure that they reach as many people as possible who may require their support:
The local office can provide support through:
- Dementia Advisor Service
- Dementia Support Worker Service
- Singing For The Brain Groups
- Dementia Cafes
- Peer Support
- Dementia Friends Sessions
- Signposting to other suitable services
- And more……
Anyone can refer into the service and they can support not only the person with dementia but carers of people living with dementia or anyone who may have a concern about a friend, neighbour or relative.
They are also encouraging practices and organisations across Staffordshire to consider becoming dementia friendly by signing up to the Dementia Action Alliance and are already making fantastic progress with Claverley Medical Practice and Essington Medical Centre receiving national recognition for their commitment to support those affected by dementia. Several further GP practices are also currently in the process of signing up and it is their aim that by end of March 2018 that all GP practices across South Staffordshire have committed to becoming dementia friendly.
They are also keen that our community pharmacies become dementia friendly.
If you would like any further information on any of the above you can contact the local office.
Alzheimer’s Society, Unit 4 Hollies Court, Cannock, Staffs, WS11 1DB
Direct Line: 01543 573936
The Pain Toolkit:
This website was recommended at the Area Prescribing Group and is a very useful resource, it is suitable for both healthcare professionals and patients.
The Pain Toolkit – for people who live with persistent pain
A persistent pain problem can be difficult to understand and manage on an everyday basis. This Mobile Pain Toolkit is derived from the Pain Toolkit, a simple information booklet that provides you with handy tips and skills to support you along the way to managing your pain.
It is not meant to be the last word in pain self-management but a handy guide to help you get started – all you need to be is willing to read and use it and take on board some of the suggestions.
Pete Moore, who has persistent pain, asthma and osteoarthritis, has put these tools together with the help of friends, family and health care professionals – special acknowledgement to Bradford Pain Rehabilitation Programme team & NHS Kirklees PCT.
Mental Health Toolkit:
Visit the Choice and Medication website for information on 21 mental health conditions and 140 medicines. http://www.choiceandmedication.org/south-staffs/
Nutritional Information – Making Every Mouthful Matter:
Information on “Make Every Mouthful Matter” from East Staffs CCG and SSOTP. This will be adopted across all 4 CCG areas
Information on Breastfeeding:
The Staffordshire Breastfeeding Partnership recommends Breastfeeding Network (BNF) for information for healthcare professionals and the public.
They also recommend KellyMom for information on breastfeeding and weaning.
There is a Facebook group Free to Feed which started in Rugeley. They are standing up against discrimination against breastfeeding in public.
NHS 111 Service:
NHS 111 is a service which was introduced to make it easier for you to access local NHS healthcare services in England. You can call 111 when you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency. NHS 111 is a fast and easy way to get the right help, whatever the time.
NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.
More information is available on the NHS 111 website
Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB):
For an explanation of the role of the HWB read this document.
Locally there are four HWBs one each for Staffordshire, Shropshire, Stoke on Trent and for Telford and Wrekin.
Staffordshire HWB has pages within the Staffordshire County Council website – click here for more information.