I'm delighted to announce that in the coming month we will be putting on not one but two 'weeks of action.' Those of you who have followed or participated in our previous 'weeks' will know the format but for those of you who are new to the concept it is very simple. We aim to promote and champion the good practice and impact of work being done in public health by nurses and midwives across England and to provide information and resources to enable and empower practitioners to develop as health promoting practitioners. It largely takes place on social media, with each week on a particular topic and each day on a particular theme. We include blogs via this site, podcasts and Twitterchats but you'll also find supporting material in the professional journals and members of the PHE nursing team will be heading out and about on visits. We welcome anyone to follow the weeks as we are keen to showcase and share with those who work with, or are supported by, nurses and midwives, so you can better understand their contribution and have an opportunity to feed in your own thoughts and views.
So what is coming up?
Between 31st October and 4th Nov we have #Health5to19: A week dedicated to looking at all the great work being done to support children and young people between the ages 5 and 19. This is a critical stage in a person's development and the support they get to remain healthy, fit and build their resilient from school nurses and other health professionals can be vital in shaping the rest of their lives. The week is divided into the following themes:
- Monday - Resilience and Wellbeing
- Tuesday - Keeping Safe and Healthy Life Styles
- Wednesday - Learning and Achievements
- Thursday - Complex and Additional Needs
- Friday - Transition
On the Tuesday 1st Nov at 8pm we will be hosting an @WeNurses Twitterchat (More details here). During this chat we want to hear from school nurses and partners, we want you to tell us;
- Why children and young people matter – what’s your unique contribution?
- How are you using your leadership role to influence locally?
- Does prevention yield return on investment and how do we measure this?
- What’s working locally and how this relates to the high impact areas?
- How the HIAs can influence commissioning and delivery locally?
- How you are engaging young people locally?
Between 14th Nov and 16th Nov we have #ProtectAoH: Three days dedicated to celebrating the contribution of nurses to prevention and protecting health. There are specialist public health nurses providing an amazing contribution to this area but this is also a field where every nurse, midwife and healthcare professional has an important role to play. Across the system, interventions can be made to strengthen health promoting practice and embed preventive measure to ensure individuals, communities and the population remain healthy (#AllOurHealth has been developed with this in mind and that is why the initials appear in our hashtag). The week is divided into the following themes, but we will also touch upon other areas, particularly with winter preparedness in mind:
- Monday - Infection Prevention/Control
- Tuesday - Tuberculosis
- Wednesday - Immunisation
On the Tuesday 15th Nov at 8pm we will be hosting an @WeNurses Twitterchat (More details here). The question we will be discussing will be 'What can we all do to make a difference at individual, community & population level to protect the health & wellbeing of our population?'
I do hope you can join us for both or at least one of these weeks.