NIHR CLAHRC Community Newsletter update: June

Wessex, Yorkshire & Humber
Published Date: 11 Jul 2017

CLAHRC Wessex: Working Across Health Priorities

The CLAHRC here in Wessex is behind the launch of a new approach at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. Eat, Drink, Move – will start this month in wards caring for older people, and will combine a number of research projects.

Geriatrician, Professor Helen Roberts leads the ageing and dementia research theme for the CLAHRC and we have a number clinicians implementing interventions to improve the physical health of older people on hospital wards. Many older people suffer physical, and mental decline in hospital as they are less active and tend to eat less. Dr Steve Lim is bringing the SoMove project into action on wards to enable volunteers to support older patients to take part in simple physiotherapy and exercise to maintain their body condition and strength. Steve has kindly made a video about his work you can see here. Meanwhile following on from the successful evaluation of using volunteer Mealtime Assistants (MTAs), volunteers are helping on the older people’s wards during mealtimes to talk to and help patients. This has been shown to improve intake and make mealtimes more enjoyable for patients. It is components of this research that makes up part of the East, Drink, Move initiative.

Respiratory Nurse Kate Lippiet has undertaken an PhD looking at ways of reducing burden of treatment for people with a number of life limiting conditions and comorbidities. She explain more in her video here. Joining Kate in our new wall of videos from our trainees is OT Naomi Gallant who is working on improving nutrition and quality of life for people with dementia. She explains her work here.

 

NIHR CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber: The Lifestyle Health and Wellbeing Cohort

The Lifestyle Health and Wellbeing Survey for people with severe mental ill health (SMI) is part of the NIHR CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber Mental Health and Comorbidity theme which explores the interface between mental and physical ill-health.

People with SMI experience significantly poorer physical health and higher mortality compared to the general population, dying on average 15-20 years earlier than people without SMI. The main cause of these deaths is due to chronic physical conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular, respiratory and infectious disease and hypertension. Preventable risk factors such as smoking, physical inactivity, poor diet, obesity, tobacco use and the side effects of psychiatric medication all contribute to this health inequality. Contact: emily.peckham@york.ac.uk.