We’re Hiring – Living Well Coordinators

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Job Title:  Living Well Coordinators (Social Prescribers)

Responsible to:  Adapt (NE) and West Northumberland PCN

Hours: 37 hours per week, Monday to Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm. Full-time – this post is open to job share

Location: GP practices across the West Northumberland Primary Care Network

Salary: £23,761 per annum

Benefits: 25 days holiday per year, plus statutory holidays pro rata

Please note that initially these posts are remote-working due to COVID-19.

The Living Well Service team covers the 14 GP practices that make up the West Northumberland Primary Care Network. Each Living Well Coordinator will be the named worker for 1-3 GP practices and will split their working time across these practices. Living Well Coordinators may be asked on occasion to cover referrals from other PCN practices depending on referral levels and team capacity in order to meet the needs of the service.

This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in delivering and supporting solutions for patients across West Northumberland Primary Care Network. We are recruiting three full time posts.

Please find below the Job Description/Person Specification and Application Form. Please tell us how you meet the person specification within the application form and return along with the GDPR Consent Form.

Completed applications to be returned by 5.00pm on Wednesday 14th October 2020.

Interviews will be held remotely during the week commencing Monday 26th October 2020.

If you require any further information please contact Tania Thomas by email at tania.thomas@adapt-tynedale.org.uk or by calling Adapt (NE) on 01434 600599.

Job Description and Person Specification

Application Form

GDPR Consent Form

Cafe @ Burn Lane reopens for business!

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Welcome back to Cafe @ Burn Lane. We have made some changes to ensure that we can keep our staff and customers safe. We have extended the cafe into the meeting room next door, meaning we can still seat 30 people safely across the two rooms; plus there’s outdoor seating on our patio. We have a one-way system, new screens, lots of hand sanitising stations and contactless card payments.

You can pre-order your takeaway choice from our menu by calling our takeaway line: 07864 692627. Please collect your order from the patio entrance of the cafe. Dogs are welcome in the main cafe and of course on the patio, and our Changing Places accessible toilet is available for anyone who needs it – you don’t need to be a customer.

Brian, Diane and the team are looking forward to seeing customers old and new at our community cafe. We will have table service only and extra staff over lunchtime, so head down for a freshly baked scone, homemade soup, breakfast or lunch.
Open 9.00am – 3.30pm Monday to Friday.

View the latest menu

Dementia Support and Activities West Northumberland

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The latest edition of ‘Activities and Support in West Northumberland’ for people living with dementia or memory loss is out now. This is a comprehensive guide to support groups, classes, dementia friendly film screenings and cafes, singing classes, advice services, physical and sporting activities and lots more. Due to Covid-19 some services may not be operating at the moment, or may be being delivered differently. Please contact individual activity providers listed in the booklet for up-to-date information.

We will have some copies of the booklet available in Cafe @ Burn Lane when it re-opens on Tuesday 8 September.

View and download the digital booklet.

Cafe @ Burn Lane update July 2020

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Although many cafes and restaurants are re-opening this week in line with updated government guidelines, we have taken the decision not to re-open Cafe @ Burn Lane until Tuesday 8 September. We want to wait a little while longer to open our doors to the public again and make sure that we have everything in place to safely welcome back our customers. We are already making plans and we will let you know about the changes that you will see in the cafe.

During the past few months volunteers have been able to use the facilities at the cafe to produce freshly cooked meals for members of both Corbridge and Allendale Lunch Clubs. These have been well received and we’re very pleased to have been able to help.

Update on our services

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Since the start of lockdown at the end of March, most of the team here at Adapt (NE) have continued to work from home. Our advocacy service has been as busy as ever, providing support remotely to people across the county through our NHS, Care Act, Relevant Person Representative, Independent Mental Health and Independent Mental Capacity advocacy services.

Healthwatch Northumberland’s information and signposting service has been busy helping people find out about changes to services, where to get support locally and listening to people’s experiences of health and social care. The team are holding some online public forums starting from this week, and you can find out how to get involved here.

We are looking at ways we might be able to safely provide the dial-a-ride transport service again in the future. We have been able to help a number of people get to urgent hospital appointments where they have been unable to access any other transport. This was done following social distancing guidelines on our vehicles. If you have issues with getting to medical appointments we might be able to help so do get in touch.

Through our facilities at Café @ Burn Lane we have been able to provide space for volunteers to produce freshly cooked meals for members of both Corbridge and Allendale Lunch Clubs. These have been well received and we’re very pleased to have been able to help. The café will have to stay closed for now until we receive further advice from the government. Although we are permitted to open for take away food, we recognise that there are plenty of businesses in the area providing this service and we have decided not to take custom away from those already offering these services.

We have taken the decision to de-register as a provider of Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks, as we need individuals to visit us at our offices to do this. With staff working from home and social distancing measures in place for some time to come, we feel we can no longer offer this service. Any DBS checks that are currently being processed will be completed. There are many online DBS services which will be able to help if you need one.

Latest Coronavirus Information

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The main symptoms of coronavirus are: a new, persistent cough, a high temperature and loss of sense of taste and/or smell. If you have any of these symptoms you should stay at home and self isolate.

Find more information below.

 

 

 

Supporting someone with sight and hearing impairments

 

Autism and coronavirus

 

Most pharmacies across Northumberland have made changes to their opening times, so we recommend you check with yours before making a visit. Opticians and dentists are not holding routine appointments. If you need urgent care from these services please call them for help and instructions. You can find your local pharmacist dentist or optician at the NHS Service Finder.

Keeping People Connected: A new specialist phone support service for people with learning difficulties and/or autism in Northumberland during the Covid-19 outbreak. Call 0300 303 2789 or email keepconnected@wearepeoplefirst.co.uk.

More information can be found at the Healthwatch Northumberland Coronavirus Information Page

Be Alert to Coronavirus Scams

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Here are just some of the coronavirus scams we are aware of, but please note that criminals come in all shapes and sizes and can contact you at the door, by phone, post or online

  • People offering miracle cures or vaccines for coronavirus – there is no specific treatment for coronavirus (COVID-19). Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms until you recover
  • Home cleaning services
  • People impersonating healthcare workers, claiming to be offering ‘home-testing’ for coronavirus – this is a scam and these kits are not currently available to buy
  • Emails saying that you can get a refund on taxes, utilities or similar are usually bogus and they are just after your personal and bank details
  • There are lots of fake products available to buy online that say they can protect you or cure coronavirus. These will not help and are designed to take your money
  • There are new mobile phone applications that claim to give you updates on the virus but instead, they lock your phone and demand a ransom
  • People offering to do your shopping or collecting medication and asking for money upfront and then disappearing

Your bank or the police will never ask for your bank details over the phone.

  • LATEST NEWS from Northumbria Police:
    There is a scam going around on social media where they send the victim a text message saying they have been seen out of their house on more than one occasion, which has resulted in them being fined £35. There is a link for the victim to click where they can enter their cards details.
    The scammer has sent a previous message which makes it appear to be from gov.uk so looks makes it look legitimate.
    Please beware and do not fall for this one

Tips to avoid being scammed:

  • Be cautious and listen to your instincts. Don’t be afraid to hang up, bin it, delete it or shut the door
  • Take your time; don’t be rushed
  • If someone claims to represent a charity, ask them for ID. Be suspicious of requests for money up front. If someone attempts to persuade you into accepting a service they are unlikely to be genuine. Check with family and friends before accepting offers of helps if you are unsure
  • If you are online, be aware of fake news and use trusted sources such as gov.uk or nhs.uk websites. Make sure you type the addresses in and don’t click on links in emails
  • Only purchase goods from legitimate retailers and take a moment to think before parting with money or personal information
  • Know who you’re dealing with – if you need help, talk to someone you know or get in touch with the organisations below.
  • Protect your financial information, especially from people you don’t know. Never give your bank card or PIN to a stranger

Contact information:

  • If you think you’ve been scammed, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 and if you need advice, call the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 0808 223 1133. If you are in immediate danger, contact the police on 999.
  • Contact your bank if you think you have been scammed.

Northumberland Communities Together

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Northumberland County Council is launching a new initiative – Northumberland Communities Together-  to support the phenomenal volunteering networks that have been rallying support across the county in response to COVID-19.

Find out more about Northumberland Communities Together

 

The three Food Bank sites in West Northumberland sites are closed to the general public due to coronavirus restrictions, but there is a delivery service for those that need it at this difficult time.

West Northumberland Food Bank

 

More useful information can be found at the links below.

NHS 111 – check if you have coronavirus symptoms

NHS coronavirus advice for everyone

Every Mind Matters – coronavirus and your mental health

Mental Health information from Healthwatch

Volunteer for Northumbria Healthcare

Changes to council services in Northumberland

Be alert to coronavirus scams

 

Customer Notice 20 March 2020

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UPDATE Monday 23 March

As the government has asked for all cafes, pubs and restaurants to close, we cannot go ahead with our plans to open Cafe @ Burn Lane. Our office is open for shorter hours with most staff working from home. Please get in touch if you need to – we will get back to you although it may take us a little longer than usual. 

Like most other organisations, we are having to change the way we operate amid the coronavirus outbreak. Our office opening times are reducing so please bear with us if it takes us a little time to get back to you.

We have lots of regular customers and we wish to still support them and our community. From Monday 23 March Café @ Burn Lane opening times will reduce to 9.30am to 2.30pm.  We are taking the guidance from the government seriously and as such have removed some of our tables to provide a bigger distance between tables. Our hygiene regime is of the highest standard and we have commercial sanitising products for cleaning.

Hopefully warmer weather is on its way and we can get our outdoor seating back onto the patio. Then if you are having a walk you can have a coffee whilst still social distancing.

We are also encouraging people to use our takeaway service. Call ahead on 07864 692627 and we will have your order ready for you.

As we are a community café we wish to continue to support people and as such we are moving to producing takeaway meals which we can offer for home delivery; more details to follow soon.

We would appreciate all our customers if possible could pay by card .. Thank you

Supporting our communities and families who will be most impacted by the loss of income during this time is very important to us. If you would like to make a donation to the café we will use that money to provide meals for local families, especially those who are hardest hit by the school closures.  You could also choose to buy a gift voucher for when things are back to normal and you can come and enjoy a meal.

To finish, some good news  – CHIPs are back on the menu!

SpeakUp2020 in the Healthwatch Northumberland Survey

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Healthwatch Northumberland has a survey each year, asking about your health and social care experiences in the previous 12 months. It might be a new year but your experiences from 2019 still matter. You can feed back as a patient or carer.

By sharing what went well for you, what might be improved and what is important to you, you can help the team set work priorities for the coming year and help make a difference to care services locally.

Share your views online or call 03332 408468 for a postal copy with freepost return.

More about Healthwatch Northumberland and how you can get involved.