Groundbreaking project wins 6Cs Live! story of the month

From left, Helen Jefford, Nina Turner and Shane Donelly, a colleague at Maidstone Prison
From left, Helen Jefford, Nina Turner and Shane Donelly, a colleague at Maidstone Prison

An innovative project to introduce a programme of pulmonary rehabilitation at Maidstone Prison is the April winner of NHS England's 6Cs Live! Story of the Month.

Specialist Physiotherapist Helen Jefford and Respiratory Nurse Specialist Nina Turner developed the course so that prisoners with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) could improve their fitness levels and benefit from the same level of support as people outside in the community.

6Cs Live! is NHS England's online communication hub which offers support and help to staff to deliver six areas of action by signposting to evidence based tools and techniques as well as examples of how colleagues from across the country have delivered improvement in these areas.

The 6Cs are six enduring nursing values and behaviours that underpin the Government's Compassion in Practice strategy launched last December and are: care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment.

Each month NHS England, in association with Nursing Times, runs a story of the month competition to find and highlight examples of excellent care. The stories are promoted on the the 6Cs Live! website, an online magazine for nurses called Nursing Times and through press releases to local media.

Helen and Nina's pioneering work was recognised last year when they picked up the top prize in the Respiratory Nursing section of the Nursing Times Awards and Nina was invited to a reception at Clarence House where she met Prince Charles. And, last week, the pair gave a presentation on the project at the Association of Respiratory Nurse Specialists Annual Conference at the University of Warwick where they launched their new booklet 'Pulmonary rehabilitation in prisons' - a guide to setting up and delivering a pulmonary rehabilitation programme in prisons.

Published on 15th May 2014