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Information and Advice for Adults in East Dunbartonshire

Month: January 2018

Health & Social Care Partnership Draft Strategic Plan 2018/21

The East Dunbartonshire HSCP consulted on the Draft Strategic Plan between August and October 2017 and is looking for your views during the next consultation phase.

The content of the draft has been informed through engagement events with staff, service users, patients, carers, local communities and partners in the Council, NHS and third sector.

The HSCP are now seeking your views during this formal consultation stage in order to develop the plan and truly reflect the views of our residents, stakeholder organisations and local communities.

You can view the Strategic Plan here:

This consultation period is open until the 9th February 2018.

Please send all comments to:

Sandra Cairney

Head of Strategy, Planning, and Health Improvement

East Dunbartonshire HSCP

10 Saramago Street

Kirkintilloch

G66 3BF

sandra.cairney@ggc.scot.nhs.uk

A Connected Scotland: Tackling social isolation and loneliness and building stronger social connections

The Scottish Government plans to create a new strategy to combat social isolation and loneliness. 

‘In the last Parliamentary term, the Scottish Government welcomed The Equal Opportunities Committee report on Social Isolation which was the first of its kind anywhere in the world. The committee found that social isolation and loneliness was a problem in Scotland, and recommended that the Government developed a national strategy to tackle it.

Social Isolation and loneliness is an issue that can affect anyone at any age or stage of their lives. Feelings of loneliness have been demonstrated to have wide ranging consequences for those effected. and has been shown to lead to depression across all ages, as well as cognitive decline and dementia in older people. There is also the potential for serious physical health implications which have been compared to those of obesity or smoking.

We want a Scotland where individuals and communities are more connected and everyone has the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships regardless of age, status, circumstances or identity. We see the role of communities as vital in achieving this goal, and have already began to empower them to make decisions that help them address their unique priorities. Because communities are so central to tackling this problem, it is important that the people who live in them get to have their say.

We want to hear a wide range of opinions and views from Scotland’s diverse people directly. Although we are arranging a number of engagements up and down the country, we recognise that people who might have an important point to make may not be able to attend.’

Consultation available here

Driving in bad weather guidance

More information available at Transport Scotland

Health Improvement Scotland: now recruiting for new public partners

Are you passionate about making care better in Scotland? Would you like to strengthen the voice of people who use health and social care services? Would you like to gain experience volunteering?

If the answer to these questions is yes, then we have an exciting opportunity for you!

Health Improvement Scotland are looking for volunteers, known as public partners, to help us make sure that people’s experiences of care are used to make care better. HIS fully embrace equality and value diversity, and welcome interest from anyone who would like to get involved, provided they are over 18 and live in Scotland. This year they are particularly encouraging interest from young people (aged 18-26), minority ethnic people, and lesbian gay, bisexual and trans people, as these groups are underrepresented in our current volunteer pool.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Iain McClumpha on 0141 429 7545 or iain.mcclumpha@scottishhealthcouncil.org.

Requests for application packs should be sent to Contactpublicinvolvement.his@nhs.net .

Please click below for the flyer and details of how to apply.

Completed application forms will be accepted up until 5 February 2018, so plenty of time for people to act on their New Year’s resolutions to volunteer this year!

How best to sit at your desk

Reading this whilst sat at your computer?.. I’m typing this whilst sat at mine..

The array of health problems associated with sitting down for too long is an impressive list; lower back pain, wrist pain, a really tight neck, or a lack of mobility to name a few, but studies have also linked excessive sitting with being overweight and obese, type 2 diabetes, some types of cancer, and early death.

Many adults in the UK spend more than seven hours a day sitting or lying, and this typically increases with age to 10 hours or more.

If you are unavoidably going to be sitting at your desk for a long period of time, here’s some tips on how to do so with less of an impact on your health:

STEP 1: Your Chair

  • Push your hips as far back as they can go in the chair.
  • Adjust the seat height so your feet are flat on the floor and your knees equal to, or slightly lower than, your hips.
  • Adjust the back of the chair to a 100°-110° reclined angle. Make sure your upper and lower back are supported. Use inflatable cushions or small pillows if necessary. If you have an active back mechanism on your chair, use it to make frequent position changes.
  • Adjust the armrests (if fitted) so that your shoulders are relaxed. If your armrests are in the way, remove them.

STEP 2: Your Keyboard

An articulating keyboard tray can provide optimal positioning of input devices. However, it should accommodate the mouse, enable leg clearance, and have an adjustable height and tilt mechanism. The tray should not push you too far away from other work materials, such as your telephone.

  • Pull up close to your keyboard.
  • Position the keyboard directly in front of your body.
  • Determine what section of the keyboard you use most frequently, and readjust the keyboard so that section is centred with your body.
  • Adjust the keyboard height so that your shoulders are relaxed, your elbows are in a slightly open position (100° to 110°), and your wrists and hands are straight.
  • The tilt of your keyboard is dependent upon your sitting position. Use the keyboard tray mechanism, or keyboard feet, to adjust the tilt. If you sit in a forward or upright position, try tilting your keyboard away from you at a negative angle. If you are reclined, a slight positive tilt will help maintain a straight wrist position.
  • Wristrests can help to maintain neutral postures and pad hard surfaces. However, the wristrest should only be used to rest the palms of the hands between keystrokes. Resting on the wristrest while typing is not recommended. Avoid using excessively wide wristrests, or wristrests that are higher than the space bar of your keyboard.
  • Place the pointer as close as possible to the keyboard. Placing it on a slightly inclined surface, or using it on a mousebridge placed over the 10-keypad, can help to bring it closer.

If you do not have a fully adjustable keyboard tray, you may need to adjust your workstation height, the height of your chair, or use a seat cushion to get into a comfortable position. Remember to use a footrest if your feet dangle.

STEP 3: Screen, Document, and Telephone

Incorrect positioning of the screen and source documents can result in awkward postures. Adjust the screen and source documents so that your neck is in a neutral, relaxed position.

  • Centre the screen directly in front of you, above your keyboard.
  • Position the top of the screen approximately 2-3” above seated eye level. (If you wear bifocals, lower the screen to a comfortable reading level.)
  • Sit at least an arm’s length away from the screenand then adjust the distance for your vision.
  • Reduce glare by careful positioning of the screen.Position source documents directly in front of you, between the screen and the keyboard, using an in-line copy stand. If there is insufficient space, place source documents on a document holder positioned adjacent to the screen.
    • Place screen at right angles to windows
    • Adjust curtains or blinds as needed
    • Adjust the vertical screen angle and screen controls to minimize glare from overhead lights
    • Other techniques to reduce glare include use of optical glass glare filters, light filters, or secondary task lights
  • Place your telephone within easy reach. Telephone stands or arms can help.
  • Use headsets and speaker phone to eliminate cradling the handset.

STEP 4: Pauses and Breaks

Once you have correctly set up your computer workstation use good work habits. No matter how perfect the environment, prolonged, static postures will inhibit blood circulation and take a toll on your body.

  • Take short 1-2 minute stretch breaks every 20-30 minutes. After each hour of work, take a break or change tasks for at least 5-10 minutes. Always try to get away from your computer during lunch breaks.
  • Avoid eye fatigue by resting and refocusing your eyes periodically. Look away from the monitor and focus on something in the distance.
  • Rest your eyes by covering them with your palms for 10-15 seconds.
  • Use correct posture when working. Keep moving as much as possible.

Full article available at Dohrmann Consulting/Ergonomics website

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