Parish Nurse

Our Parish nurse will be a vital addition to the Impact team, supporting our clients in a variety of ways: Advocacy, picking up early warning signs of poor health, chaperoning and expert input on benefit forms and appeals.

We are currently raising funds for this exciting project, and are hoping to have it in place for late Autumn 2019.

Find out more information below, taken from Parish Nursing Uk.

Parish Nursing is all about supporting people and communities towards whole person healthcare. It can happen through a local church of any denomination.

International and national evidence shows that parish nursing is effective in:

  • Helping people to maintain their health and wellbeing by providing health education, advice and information to people ofall backgrounds or from a defined social or demographic group and making onward referrals as required.
  • Helping people to recover their health and wellbeing by providing short-term or transitional nursing care and support to people who are self, congregation or externally referred as a result a temporary illness, disability or health need.
  • Helping people to self manage their long-term health care by providing individual or group interventions for people who are self, congregation, or externally referred due to enduring health conditions that require lifelong treatment.
  • Helping people in the final stages of life who are self, congregation or externally referred for non-specialist palliative care.

Parish nurses work with people of all ages and backgrounds, those with any faith or none. Whether it's simply giving moral support during a medical crisis — giving general health advice or educating for health - ”signposting" people to various support or medical services — praying for people — clarifying medical procedures or issues, — or simply listening (which they do an awful lot of!) —they focus on the person, rather than just a specific medical condition, integrating the different aspects of health.

If prescriptions, dressings, injections, or help with personal care are needed, they are provided by the health and social care services, but the parish nurse can be the link, ensuring that people use the health services appropriately, and understand their medication, care and condition.

They can help to prevent hospital admissions by following up people who have been discharged from care, are at risk, or have early signs of health problems. They train and coordinate volunteers to provide extra support during times of crisis, or combating loneliness. They encourage exercise and healthy nutrition, so that preventable diseases are less likely to ensue. They help young people to understand the dangers of unhealthy behaviours. They may organise events such as a men’s health breakfast, where a GP is invited to speak about the early signs people should watch for in regard to their health, a health fair, or a course on stress management for busy executives.

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In 2002 West End Impact started its journey of Reacting to Crisis and Rebuiding Lives!! We opened in response to the regeneration of Morecambe which was a government focus at the time.

Regeneration starts with people and although the new prom in Morecambe is amazing an the future plans of the 'Eden Project' will be amazing, there are still lots of people in need in this current economic climate.

In 2002 we saw the great need and although some of our services have change to adapt to different needs, still over 550 people were helped at West End Impact last year!

As a Christian Charity we believe God’s love for people is all inclusive, relevant for the whole human being.
For some the Good News of Jesus is a challenging word in season or a great sermon; for others it is a hot bowl of soup, housing advice and a dry sleeping bag.

The motivation of all that we do at IMPACT is our Faith, Hope and Love and we hope we can continue to inspire this in every single person we come into contact with. This could be someone in need or one of the many agencies, schools and organisations we network and rub shoulders with in the area of Morecambe & Lancaster