Staff and students are working together with members of the local patient participation group offering health screening and advice to the local community in Hyde, Cheshire. The event to support self care week is being held 10-4 everyday this week in Morrisons supermarket, Hyde.
Students both pre-registration and post reg are supporting each other working alongside academic staff offering shoppers of all ages the opportunity to discuss their health and have their blood pressure taken. The service has already referred several people to local services having identified those with specific health anxieties or high blood pressure.
This is the second year of supporting self care week and members of the Thornley House Medical Center PPG have been on hand to promote both self care and health pledge http://www.healthpledge.co.uk a concept developed in conjunction with Jacqui Gladwin the principal lecturer leading the undergraduate nursing programme at MMU who worked in the store on Monday.
There were approximate 70 people seen on Monday and several expressed concerns about their health in relation to both diet and lifestyle. The community nursing students were able to give advice about stopping smoking and reducing sugar and salt intake especially in relation to stem of the shopping that was evident in the trollies. The manager of the store Mr Simon Toft has supported the event and came along with a number of the staff to have their blood pressure checked.
The event is a useful way for students to learn practical health promotion skills in a suppritive and relaxed environment. It is also a fantastic showcase for Nursing at MMU and everyone has commented on how professional the students and staff are.
For further details and videos see: http://www.htmc.co.uk/pages/pv.asp?p=htmc644
Staff, students, patients and Dr Hannan
Ingrid Brindle (Centre, Chair of PPG & co founder of Health Pledge), Lisa Goddard and Nell Henderson student nurses, Dr Hannan having his BP recorded supervised by Jacqui Gladwin Principal Lecturer, Department of Nursing MMU.