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Content Trade winds is an Interdisciplinary Resource Pack aimed at P5-P7 classes across Greater Glasgow & Clyde Health Board areas.  The programme extends across all curricular areas and correlates with 44 Level 2 experiences and outcomes.  Trade winds offers a holistic approach to tobacco education that goes beyond health and explores issues that are relevant to young people. 

Guidance for delivering the programme

The pack comprises of 7 themes: 

  • Topic A – Setting the Scene 
  • Topic B – History of Tobacco 
  • Topic C – Health Effects of Smoking 
  • Topic D – Secondhand Smoke 
  • Topic E – Cost of Tobacco (Global and Local) 
  • Topic F – Influences on Smoking 
  • (Media and Peer Pressure) 
  • Topic G – Extending Children’s Learning through the Arts 

It is recommended that delivery starts with ‘Topic A – Setting the Scene’ as this introduces learning on tobacco and gathers children’s knowledge on the topic. Teachers may then wish to explore a particular topic based on pupils’ interests or to select lessons from each topic. Further support and information, as well as resources to support the delivery of the lessons are available by e-mailing quityourway.smokefreeschools@ggc.scot.nhs.uk 

Published by Ash Scotland, as part 1 of the Tobacco-free Secondary Schools Resource, this guide is intended to support a school through the steps required in order to become a tobacco-free school.  It explains the background, why it is important and key issues.   This guide replaces the previous “Tobacco-free Schools – Helping You Achieve It” guide by Smokefree Services and Ash Scotland. 

The guide breaks down the process into 10 steps – and these are laid out in a very practical way that is easy to follow.  There is a suite of templates available to guide the schools through the process – these can be found in Appendix 1 and are fully editable Microsoft Word documents.  

Accessing the pack

We have 1 printed copy of the resource for every secondary school in Greater Glasgow & Clyde.  To request your free copy please email: Quityourway.smokefreeschools@ggc.scot.nhs.uk 

Accessing online

The tobacco-free schools pack, additional resources, tools and templates are all available online. To access the pack:  

  1. Visit www.ashscotlandmoodle.org.uk 
  1. Select the ‘tobacco-free secondary schools’ course 
  1. Create a new account to get started. 

Please download the user guide for further details on accessing the Ash Scotland eLearning site.  

If there are any issues accessing the electronic version please contact eLearning@ashscotland.org.uk 

Two thirds of smokers start before they are 18. Most say they regret having done so. Every day in Scotland, a classroom full of young people take up smoking – that’s 15,000 young Scots each year.  There are many different factors which lead young people to smoke, but the extent to which tobacco is prominent, normal or accepted around them plays a crucial part. 

Quit Your Way Youth Service aims to give young people information about smoking and tobacco to allow them to make informed decisions.  The service gives young people easy access to facts about smoking and information on how to access local support to stop smoking. 

Quit Your Way Youth Service covers the following: 

  • Stop Smoking Service for young people 
  • Prevention and Education: resources and support for schools and youth organisations 
  • Policy guidance for schools and youth organisations 
  • Protecting families and communities from second hand smoke 
  • Research and partnership working in tobacco prevention and control 

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The Jenny and the Bear resource is a story which is part of a coordinated programme and aims to increase awareness about the effects of second hand smoke on children and what parents/carers can do to ensure their children are not exposed to its harmful effects. 

The programme is aimed at Primary 1 classes and consists of a story being read to the class followed by a classroom activity to agree a name for the bear in the story, which is then entered into the competition to win a Teddy Bear mascot for their classroom.  All children who take part in the programme will be given a booklet version of the story to take home. 

The second hand smoke message also links with the Scottish Government national “Take it right outside” campaign.  See www.rightoutside.org for further information. 

If you would like your Primary 1 classes to participate in the programme please compete the registration form below by no later than Monday 19th December 2022.  

Classes who submit a registration form will be sent out a competition pack in January containing: 

  • A link to the Jenny and the Bear video 
  • Individual Jenny and the Bear booklets for pupils to take home 
  • A competition entry form to submit the class teddy name 
  • Freepost envelope 
Jenny & the Bear video

Dementia is an illness that affects the brain, making it harder to remember things or think as clearly as before. Dementia can affect every area of human thinking, feeling and behaviour, but each person with dementia is different – how the illness affects someone depends on which area of their brain is damaged. 

There are different kinds of dementia. The most common are Alzheimer’s and Vascular Dementia

In Alzheimer’s disease brain cells deteriorate through the build-up of a protein; vascular dementia is caused by problems in the supply of blood to brain cells. Many cases of dementia are caused by a mix of vascular damage and Alzheimer’s disease. Lewy body dementia is the next most frequently occurring illness, with fronto-temporal dementia then more commonly occurring in younger people.

Dementia is a common condition and there are around 90,000* people living with dementia in Scotland (*Alzheimer Scotland estimate for 2017). The older you are, the more chance there is of you getting dementia. When dementia occurs under the age of 65 years it is commonly referred to as Young Onset Dementia.

More Information

Worried About your Memory

Sometimes people are afraid that forgetfulness is the start of something else, like dementia. This can worry older people especially. People who have had a relative with dementia may also be particularly anxious about memory problems. Your memory may be nothing to worry about, as forgetfulness can be caused by a number of things such as chest or urinary infections, depression and the side effects of some medication. However, it is also important to seek help if you think you or someone you know may have dementia.

The booklet Worried About Your Memory and the leaflet Feeling Well will help you decide if you should visit your doctor. 

The Alzheimer Society also have useful information here.  If you have concerns then you should phone your GP surgery to make an appointment. People with symptoms of dementia will receive a number of tests, which will be carried out by your GP, specialists and/or a Psychiatrist.

If you are diagnosed with dementia, your future health and care needs should be assessed and a care plan developed with you. It is important to remember that this is your care plan and should be used to find out what is important for you and what helps to keep you well and active. You should ask as many questions as you want and make sure that your wishes are known.

For more information about different ways in which dementia affects a person, you can look at Alzheimer Scotland’s leaflet 5 things you should know about dementia. This leaflet provides an overview of how dementia is caused as well as what options are available to support you or a relative to live well with dementia.

Many people live active and fulfilling lives with dementia, and more information from the Scottish Dementia Working Group can be found here. 

If you receive a diagnosis of dementia you will be supported by a dementia link worker for at least a year to help you. This is called post-diagnosis support.

The Scottish Government have introduced a Five Pillars Model for post-diagnostic support which includes:-

  1. Understanding the illness and managing symptoms
  2. Planning for future and decision making
  3. Supporting community connections
  4. Peer support
  5. Planning for future care

Your dementia link worker will work with you, your carers and/or family to help provide practical and emotional support following a diagnosis of dementia and help to link you into the services you may need and help plan for the future. Everyone experiences dementia differently and your link worker will provide person-centred support that suits your own individual needs.

Living well with Dementia

Living a healthy lifestyle is important for everyone, including people with dementia, and is the best way to continue to live well with dementia. Eating well and exercising are important for everyone. When you visit your GP, you should ask for advice on self-care; this should also be included in your care plan.

Keeping in contact with friends and family is important. It is also good to keep doing the things we enjoy and which make us unique individuals, whether gardening, walking or watching the football. With a little bit of support or adaptation, people with dementia should continue to enjoy their hobbies and interests.

You can live a good life with dementia – putting your affairs in order early on, and keeping well and as active as you can will help you live independently for as long as possible.  If you need help, don’t be afraid to ask for it – from family and friends, professionals like doctors, nurses, and social workers, and organisations like your local council or Alzheimer Scotland.

As your needs change and when you require more help, additional support can be provided through services such as your local Social Work office or Older Adults Mental Health Team (see Find out more). Services such as home care, respite, community psychiatric nurses or occupational therapists will work with you to keep you as independent as possible.

Dementia Friendly Exercises

NHSGGC Mental Health Physiotherapists, with funding from Alzheimer Scotland, have developed two resources on dementia friendly exercises for strength and balance.

Physiotherapists say these exercises can help improve co-ordination and balance.

Dementia Friendly Standing Exercises for Strength and Balance – Magenta (pdf)

Dementia Friendly Seated Exercises for Strength and Flexibility – Blue (pdf)

Alzheimer Scotland’s Living with dementia webpage has further information and resources.

Symptoms of dementia

There are varying symptoms across the different types of dementia; however, you should look out for declining ability in:

  • Thinking
  • Memory
  • Understanding
  • Judgement
  • Behaviour
  • Language.

The symptoms of dementia often develop slowly over time and can cause increased difficulty in doing everyday activities such as cooking, shopping or handling money. Each person living with dementia is unique and will experience the illness in their own way. Different types of dementia tend to affect people differently, especially in the early stages. Dementia can also affect how we feel about things. This includes changes in mood, becoming become anxious and withdrawn, frustrated or irritable, easily upset or unusually sad.

Looking after someone with…Dementia

If someone you know is becoming increasingly forgetful or showing symptoms of dementia, you should encourage them to see their GP to talk about the early signs of dementia. If you, or a family member, has dementia, you may find it difficult to stay positive. Remember that you are not alone, and that help and support is available from local carers’ services. Support can include:

  • Income maximization
  • Emotional support
  • Short breaks
  • Advocacy
  • Training
  • Information and advice
  • Peer support
  • Health checks for carers.

Dementia link workers will work with you and the person you are caring for together.

The video below tells you more about the types of help that are available.

The It’s Ok to Ask DVD was produced by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Glasgow City Council, The Alliance and Alzheimer Scotland in 2014.

Further information for carers is available on our Looking After Someone page and from the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde carers site

Going into Hospital with dementia

People with dementia may find themselves admitted to hospital. If you are coming into hospital there are a few things you can do to make your admission and stay easier, this video may help.  

A useful document called Getting to Know Me has been developed by Alzheimer Scotland’s network of Dementia Nurse Consultants and the Scottish Government.  It aims to give hospital staff a better understanding of patients with dementia who are admitted either for planned treatment, such as an operation or in an emergency.

The document should be filled in by the person with dementia as much as possible, or by a family carer or relative, with the help of hospital staff if necessary. It is then held with the person’s notes so it is readily accessible to all staff working with that individual.

It asks for brief information about the person: their likes and dislikes, their background, what they like to be called, the important people or places in the person’s life, what helps them relax, how they take their medication, their normal routines, if they wear glasses or a hearing aid, what they like to do for themselves and what they need help with.  There is also space for the carer to add in the relevant information they think the staff should know to help them provide the best care possible and to understand any behavioural issues the person might have.

Further information and support

There are different types of dementia.

It is important to organise your legal and financial affairs by applying for a Power of Attorney.

The following local Health and Social Care partnership (HSCP) sites have specific information on dementia help

The 21 – 26th June is Love Your Lungs Week 2022. Every year, Asthma & Lung UK (formerly the British Lung Foundation) campaigns to raise awareness for lung health, and we are pleased to be supporting them.

Our lungs, just like our heart, joints, and other parts of our body, age with time. By adopting certain healthy habits, we can better maintain the strength and flexibility of our lungs, and keep them working better for longer. That’s why we have created a calendar with a hints and tips on improving your lung capacity and your overall lung health. We will have challenges throughout this week, so make sure you follow our Facebook Page for more details.

NHSGGC Staff Guidance – Money Worries

Asking and responding to patients’ money worries is part of Inequalities Sensitive Practice, which is about taking into account each patient’s social circumstances and how they are affecting their health. It also relates to person centred care.

Advice On Money Worries – Who is it for?

Money advice support is for patients, parents/carers or staff of all ages, regardless of their working status.

Why is it important?

With the recession and changes to the benefits system, many of our patients are experiencing money difficulties and mounting debts. The COVID-19 pandemic has also created additional financial worries for many people.

This is important to health services as in addition to being a cause of poor health, money worries can also be a barrier to engaging fully with our services.

“I observe this again and again – that I cannot address medical issues as I have to deal with the patients’ agenda first, which is getting money to feed and heat.”  GP

By asking a simple question and providing assistance on where to get help, we can do a lot to prevent unnecessary worry and anxiety.

Click here to view Money Worries: In Sickness & In Health – a short film aimed at healthcare professionals outlining the link between poor health and money worries.

What kind of advice available?

If your patients are facing financial difficulties, they should not pay for advice.   You can help your patients to use the free, high quality services available across NHSGGC which offer help with:

  • Maximising Income      
  • Debt Advice
  • Benefits
  • Savings
  • Banking
  • Budgeting

Evidence shows that referring patients to these services can result in improved mental health, increased income, debt reduction, increased financial planning and reduced stress.

How Do I Ask About Money Worries?

If your patients are facing financial difficulties, they should not pay for advice.   You can help your patients to use the free, high quality services available across NHSGGC which offer help with:

  • Maximising Income      
  • Debt Advice
  • Benefits
  • Savings
  • Banking
  • Budgeting

Evidence shows that referring patients to these services can result in improved mental health, increased income, debt reduction, increased financial planning and reduced stress.

How Do I Ask About Money Worries?

If done sensitively, patients value being asked about money problems and referred to Money Advice Services.  It only takes a few minutes to do and can be incorporated easily into patient assessment as part of a person centred approach. Most NHSGGC assessment forms cover money worries.

  • “Do you have any money or debt worries?
  • “Would you like to speak with an advisor to discuss money worries or help you to claim any benefits that you may be entitled to?”
  • “Is having a baby adding financial pressure?”

These type of standard questions for introducing the topic of money worries are used in the community setting. Similar questions are used in hospitals, where staff need to establish whether the patients has any immediate work/money related concerns as a result of their health condition.

If you are working with groups of people it is good practice to discuss people’s health in the context of their life circumstances.  Money and debt worries are a major issue for many people and should always be covered in these discussions.

How Do I Make A Referral?

Where patients have issues relating to money worries and debt, the role of staff is to:

  • reassure that support is available
  • gain consent for referral
  • refer to the service

In Hospital settings – complete a referral by contacting the Support and Information Service at sis@ggc.scot.nhs.uk

In community settings, use the link below to locate Money Advice services in local settings: http://infodir.nhsggc.org.uk/Home/Directory

Training & Resources

In NHSGGC, tackling inequalities is a priority.  Responding to money and debt worries is part of this.

If you would like a training session on raising the issue, why it’s important and on referral pathways, please get in touch with:
Lesley.Nish@ggc.acot.nhs.uk or Jane.Beresford@ggc.scot.nhs.uk

Poverty and financial inclusion and employability e-modules are also available via Staffnet alongside a range of other e-modules on equalities issues.

Posters and flyers can help promote a discussion around money advice services for patients, parents/carers and staff. They are available at this link – simply enter ‘Money Advice’ in the search facility:
http://www.phrd.scot.nhs.uk/HPAC/Search

The Money Advice Service website offers information and advice on budget planning and improving your finances, including tools and calculators to help you plan ahead.





Gender-Based Violence (National Guidelines)

What Health Workers Need to Know

This guidance is intended for use by service managers and staff members who, in the course of their work, are involved in identifying and responding to gender-based violence.

Gender-based Violence National Guidelines – What health workers need to know

If you require this or any other NHS information in another format, such as large print or braille, or in another language, please use the contact details on your patient leaflet or letter or contact us.