Hospice nurse likes to travel

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

Name: Mar­garet Black. Role: Staff nurse, Sun­flower Cen­tre. Or­gan­i­sa­tion: East Cheshire Hospice. How did you be­come a nurse: I’ve been a nurse for more than 30 years af­ter train­ing at 18. What do you en­joy most about this role?: It’s such a happy place with fun and laugh­ter and meet­ing lovely peo­ple who are deal­ing with quite a dif­fi­cult time in their lives. A lot of nurses nowa­days are rushed but here we have time to sit and talk to peo­ple and hope­fully make a dif­fer­ence to them at a time when they’re strug­gling greatly with what’s hap­pen­ing in their lives. What are your funny or mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ences while you have been do­ing this?: Last year staff did the ice bucket chal­lenge with pa­tients watch­ing. A pa­tient did it her­self when she got home. What are your high­lights of do­ing this?: Amaz­ing pa­tients and fam­i­lies and great team mates. The Sun­flower Cen­tre is split into tra­di­tional day care, a Liv­ing Well pro­gramme sup­port­ing peo­ple though peer sup­port and ed­u­ca­tion from the point of di­ag­no­sis, and a de­men­tia carer well-be­ing ser­vice. What is your favourite place in Mac­cles­field?: Walk­ing along the Bollin Val­ley to­wards Wilm­slow with my cocker spaniel dog Max. He loves the wa­ter and if we can take in a pub that’s good as well. Ide­ally how would you spend ev­ery day?: With fam­ily and friends, work­ing, so­cial­is­ing, shop­ping and go­ing on hol­i­day. What was the best hol­i­day you’ve been on?: I’m known at work as a hol­i­day queen for the num­ber of times I go away and one of my favourite mem­o­ries was go­ing to Cape Town when our chil­dren were teenagers and it was the first hol­i­day when nei­ther child moaned about do­ing things. It was so good we went back the fol­low­ing year. If money were no ob­ject what would you do?: I would give a sig­nif­i­cant amount to char­i­ties close to my heart, par­tic­u­larly East Cheshire Hospice and Epilepsy Ac­tion, plus can­cer char­i­ties. I’d also travel the world with fam­ily and friends. What piece of ad­vice would you give?: I’m a very smi­ley per­son so al­ways have a smile on your face. What was your first job?: Pack­ing foot­ball kits for Christ­mas at the Um­bro fac­tory in Mac­cles­field be­fore I started nurs­ing train­ing. What is your favourite TV show?: A tricky one be­cause I’m a big telly fan but prob­a­bly Home­lands. What are you read­ing at the mo­ment?: Just fin­ished a won­der­ful book called Still Alice about a pro­fes­sor in Amer­ica who gets di­ag­nosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. It’s her story and jour­ney and I highly rec­om­mend it. What’s your big­gest in­spi­ra­tion?: Those I’m work­ing with now. Ev­ery day I come across peo­ple with dif­fi­cult chal­leng­ing sit­u­a­tions, not just for them but their fam­i­lies as well. I go home and tell my­self not to worry about triv­i­al­i­ties and moan about things that aren’t im­por­tant and just be thank­ful I’m fit and well. Who would you like to in­vite to din­ner?: My mum and dad who I lost nearly nine and 10 years ago. I’d love to share a fi­nal meal and catch up with them. prac­tice.

As a re­sult, the na­ture of GP con­tracts is to change to en­sure that prac­tices are funded equally for the ser­vices they pro­vide and that pa­tients get the same high level of care wher­ever they live.

The na­tional con­tracts do not de­fine what ‘core’ gen­eral prac­tice is, but our CCG wishes to not only main­tain the level out­lined above, but make it a re­al­ity for ev­ery lo­cal res­i­dent.

This un­der­stand­ably re­quires in­vest­ment, trans­parency, hon­esty and con­sis­tency across all our lo­cal prac­tices.

Over the past six months, our prac­tices have con­struc­tively en­gaged in a process to pool the avail­able fund­ing to en­sure any­one, from Con­gle­ton to Dis­ley, Holmes Chapel to Bolling­ton, will re­ceive a level of gen­eral prac­tice that sup­ports peo­ple to the same stan­dards.

With greater ex­pec­ta­tion and de­mand on the NHS and more GPs re­tir­ing early, we need to en­sure this sec­tor of the lo­cal health sys­tem re­ceives the sup­port needed.

That’s why I was de­lighted to see the CCG gov­ern­ing body agree last week to a £2mil­lion in­vest­ment to en­sure that, in this area at least, gen­eral prac­tice will still hit a gold stan­dard, even if many of us didn’t ac­tu­ally re­alise it.

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●● Mar­garet Black

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