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Health & Wellbeing Events are free events where we will be inviting around 100-200 people who have all recently been affected by cancer, as well as their family and friends. The purpose of the clinic/event is to promote physical and emotional wellbeing as part of the Department of Health’s recommended ‘Recovery Package’ for cancer patients, and to inform them of local services and available support. This event aims to improve outcomes by providing access to supported self-management, as well as professionally led pathways, thus reducing clinic pressures.
The next Health & Wellbeing event will take place on Thursday 15th March 2018.
Watch our video of the event here:
Southport Theatre & Convention Centre
We were delighted to welcome over 200 people to our most recent Health and Wellbeing Event in November 2015, which was run in partnership with Southport & ormskirk Hospital Trust and Southport & Formby CCG. Three events are run in Southport every year, and the aim of the event is to support people in adjusting to life with and beyond cancer. These events bring people together, giving them the opportunity to share their experiences with one another and benefit from healthy living activities, cancer information and pamper sessions.
Local GP and NHS Southport and Formby CCG chair, Dr Rob Caudwell, opened the latest event: “It was a pleasure to introduce the event and it was really rewarding to see so many people turn out to enjoy the stalls and discussions. It is a perfect platform for them to meet others, benefit from the advice on offer and to see the support that is available to them in Sefton. The events take place three times per year and seem to get more popular each time.”
Over 120 people affected by cancer, as well as their friends and family, attended the November event where there were talks from the Macmillan team on what is on offer to patients and also from expert clinicians about the benefits of physical activity.
Information stalls were also set up for guests to enjoy and seek advice during the day. These included a variety of specialist cancer nurses, a community dietician, Healthy Sefton, Smoking Cessation, Sefton CVS and Age UK. Local support groups were also represented for people to meet and chat to.
Stallholders were made up of a variety of Health & Social Care Professionals and Support Group leaders from Sefton & Lancashire including: Specialist Nurses, Community Dietician, Sefton Active Lifestyles, Healthy Sefton, Smoking Cessation, Living Well Centre Staff inc benefits advisor, Sefton Carers Centre, W Lancs Cares Health, Education & Awareness, Fit Squad W Lancs GP Exercise Referral Programme, Clinical Psychology Services, S.P.A.C., Sefton CVS, & Age UK.
Support Groups such as Sefton Cancer Support Group, support groups lead by CNSs - Lung Cancer Support Group, Myeloma Support, Breast Cancer Support & Prostate Cancer Support Group and local support groups for people affected by cancer which have been started and lead by service users were also represented eg 'In Stitches!' Craft and Support and the Macmillan Walking Group. There was also a stall lead by a local photographer and artist who runs courses for beginners in Living Well Centre (courses are heavily subsidised.)
Visitors were made up of Health Care Professionals from Royal Preston Hospital, Bolton Macmillan Information & Support Centre, Living With and Beyond Cancer Project Leads and staff from Whiston hospital.
O.P.E.R.A provided hand massage and Macmillan/Living Well Centre Singing Support Group provided entertainment in the time between breakout sessions.
Skelmersdale Food Initiative provided a Healthy Food Demonstration using recipes from the Macmillan Recipe Book for people affected by cancer. This booklet includes healthy recipes suitable for people with problems chewing or swallowing, with dry or sore mouth, sickness or nausea or with loss of weight or appetite. Food was then available to sample.
We enjoyed two breakout sessions, each lasting approx. 30 min, which were:
1) Breakout Session 1:
'Here for You: Finding Our More about YOUR Local Macmillan Centre. An Introduction to your Southport's Macmillan Information & Support Centre, HOPE Course and Support Groups.' Presented by staff and volunteers Helen Jones, Joy Bardy, Trish Jolley & Jill Blennarhassett.
2) Breakout Session 2
'Physical Activity - The Wonder Drug' - Presented by Dr Clint Gomes, Specialty Registrar in Sport and Exercise Medicine
'Benefits of Physical Activity' Presented by Tessa Harrison Macmillan Wellness & Activity Coordinator.
We then had an inspirational talk by Andy Davies, who shared his personal experience of physical exercise and power lifting during his own treatment.
Below are some quotes taken from (attendees and stallholder) feedback questionnaires when asked what aspects of the event they particularly liked, found most useful of interesting are below.
'Lots of happy people. Good information and advice. I came away feeling much happier'
'Showed me that there is support - before I felt alone'
'Helpful to have lots of sources of information together in one place'
' The talks were informative and all paperwork given is excellent telling you what's available'
'I had a neck/back and hand massage - very relaxing'
'Talk with nurse. very informative'
'I saw people I did not know but had met during treatment. It was good to see them and catch up on how they were'
'Exercise seminar helped to explain how to exercise safely and the importance of being active.'
'Talking to the lead urology cancer nurse about chemotherapy, pain, medication etc. VERY helpful'
'Meeting face to face with the public - answering questions, allaying fears'
'I find these events very beneficial to my patients'
'Great for meeting with patients in a non hospital environment'
'As a stallholder we are able to network, work in partnership and meet people that we may not normally have the opportunity to meet'
'Speakers especially the Exercise talks were interesting, informative'
'Always learn something new'
'Enjoyed meeting other stall holders and getting their information to pass on to our clients'
'It was very useful to promote our services in this area'
Helen Jones from the Macmillan centre team, said: “It was great to have other organisations and Macmillan centres come along to the event and hitting 200 plus attendees gave a real sense of how much the event is valued and is improving since we started them last year.”
Cancer services manager at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, Jackie Brunton, said: “The recent health and wellbeing event was fantastic. It was really uplifting to speak to patients and their families and friends to hear just how valuable they found the afternoon.”
To book onto the next event on 3rd November 2016 at Southport theatre and Convention Centre please call 01704 533024 or email:
sfccg dot macmillancic at nhs dot net