New Primary Care Lead for Addaction

July 15th, 2015 by


Martin Stean


“Many of you will know me as a GP in Bodmin, and GPwSI for North East Cornwall, covering Wadebridge, Camelford, Bude, Padstow and  Bodmin. I also run the CHAD bed at Bodmin Hospital.
“I have been appointed to the role as Primary Care Lead starting this month.
“There is lots of work to do, and I will be working with Rupert White Medical Lead and Roz Gittins South West lead, along with Angela Andrews from the DAAT.
“We feel the priority areas to look at are training, supervision and governance for share care GPs and GPwSIs.
“We are also keen to look at alcohol services within Cornwall and many other areas. I am hoping I can use this role to enhance the work you all do, and ensure you are properly supported. We hope to set up some update training soon for both drugs and alcohol work.
“I would like to hear from any of you with views on what you would like me to cover in this role.
“I am here as an interface between Addaction and yourself, and ultimately to help make the service run better and safer for yourselves and the clients.”
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On Saturday September 26th, at 5pm at Truro Cathedral, there will be a service to celebrate the lives of those who have died as a result of substance misuse, as well as those who live with it, including carers and people in recovery.

It will include contributions from people closely affected, and an opportunity to commemorate and celebrate lives and life.

All are welcome.

To keep up to date, please follow the hashtag #acornservice

Truro Cathedral Acorn Service 26-09-15


Your chance to nominate a deserving volunteer for recognition

July 13th, 2015 by

The Volunteer Cornwall Celebration of Volunteering Awards are your chance to nominate a volunteer who you feel deserves recognition, for going the extra mile in their volunteering. Anyone can nominate and anybody who volunteers in Cornwall can be nominated.

The awards ceremony will be held on Thursday 19th November 2015 at The Atlantic Hotel in Newquay – in front of an audience of shortlisted volunteers, sponsors and invited guests – where the winners are announced and the prizes awarded by the Lord-Lieutenant – Edward Bolitho.

Everyone nominated will receive a certificate.


There is also a category for ‘Host of the Year’ which honours the organisation which is deemed to offer the best experience for its volunteers.

If you could return nominations to  either Sarah Corber, administration officer at Bodmin Hub or complete the online nomination that can be found on the Volunteer Cornwall website at:

The Volunteer Cornwall website has full details of the various categories and it should be noted that nominations are not restricted to the community safety category. If someone knows of a person worthy of a nomination in, for example, the health or volunteer drivers categories, then please feel free to make a nomination.

The closing date for nominations is Monday 31st August.


Cornwall Addaction Nurse wins national award

July 8th, 2015 by

ADDACTION Cornwall’s Helen Hampton has been given the prestigious title of Queen’s Nurse by community nursing charity The Queen’s Nursing Institute.

Helen is the Blood Borne Virus Lead Nurse at the alcohol and drug treatment charity and the award recognises her work to treat people in the community.

Helen has been key in the success of Addaction’s project with the Hepatitis C Trust to work towards eliminating the virus in the county. Two service users supported her award explaining to judges how her work had meant they had received treatment for hepatitis C in the community, rather than having to travel to a hospital, and therefore successfully overcame the virus. Hospital-based treatment for hepatitis C often leads to high non-attendance rates as patients have to travel long distances.

The Queen’s Nursing Institute says the title indicates a commitment to high standards of patient care, learning and leadership, recognising people who are leading improvement projects and helping to redesign services to improve care for patients. Nurses who hold the title benefit from developmental workshops, bursaries, networking opportunities, and a shared professional identity.

Helen attended a ceremony at Russell Hotel in London in May to be presented with a badge and certificate to recognise the title. She said: “I’m delighted to receive the award. Many of the other people who were awarded the title were district nurses or health visitors, so it was good to highlight an often marginalised part of our society as well.”

The institute’s chief executive, Crystal Oldman, said: “Congratulations are due to Helen for her success. Community nurses operate in an ever more challenging world and our role is to support them as effectively as we can.”

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