Monthly Archives: November 2014

MMU Pre-REg Nursing Supports Health Pledge 2015

Staff and students in the Department of Nursing are supporting the local Hyde Patient Participation Group initiative Health Pledge 2015. The group including Jacqui Gladwin the programme lead from MMU launched the concept on Saturday at the Clarendon Centre in Hyde. The launch event was attended by the local Mayor and Sir John Oldham. Patients and staff from the Thornley House Medical Centre also attended the launch and the Tameside Voices Choir provided a rousing performance to get everything started. Health Pledge 2015 is designed to encourage people to think about the small but positive steps they can take to improve their health. Even small changes can make a considerable difference imagine how many calories you would save if you switched your fizzy drinks to water and taking the stairs instead of the lift can quickly improve your overall standard of fitness.

The Department is proud to support the work of Thornley House Patient Participation Group and we hope it will be the start of a much bigger collaboration. To get involved and make a pledge go to :

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See the photos of the launch here.



MMU Nursing Programme on Tour

Staff and students from the Department of Nursing at MMU are working with a local patient participation group (Thornley House Hyde) this week providing health checks for the local community in Morrisons Hyde.

The first day has proved a raging success with over 100 people stopping by to have their blood pressure checked and to have a chat about their health. The students have had the opportunity to promote the patient group initiative Health Pledge 2015 which is being launched this Saturday. The group have set up a website where people can get advice on small ways they could improve their health. People can make a pledge to change something in their life to improve their life and health. This is an initiative by patients for patients supported by MMU.

It was a real privilege to work with my students today and see them talking to a range of people with confidence and reassurance. We are hoping by the end of the week to have made a real impact to people in the local community and in times where community placements are difficult to find what better way to gain experience of a community.

If you would like any further information about health pledge please log on to:

The attached picture shows me and two of our third year students Daniel Nelson and Melissa Rispin.


MMU Nursing Promoting Health Pledge 2015

I was privileged to be asked to attend Tameside Radio this morning to be interviewed about the work of the Patient Participation Group at Thornley House Medical Centre in Hyde. As a member of the group I’m proud to be working with them and supporting them via the Department to launch Health Pledge 2015. The interview can be accessed at

We want to encourage everyone to get involved and make small changes which could make a big difference to their health in 2015. The launch event is on the 22nd November at 12.00 Clarendon Shopping Centre, Hyde. I will be posting pictures and information on that day.