Nurse Awards

Workshops reduce stress for carers by equipping them with essential skills

A nurse has won praise for designing and delivering a programme to give carers skills and knowledge in areas such skin care and moving and handling.

Ann Cubbin.  Picture credit: Tim GeorgeAnn Cubbin. Picture credit: Tim George

Ann Cubbin, a senior lecturer at Birmingham City University, is a finalist in the Supporting Carers category of the 2016 RCNi Nurse Awards.

The award, sponsored by NHS England, is for nurses who have developed initiatives that have had a positive effect on carers’ own physical and mental health, as well as improving the outcomes for the person being cared for.

Ann’s programme is delivered at weekends, making use of her university’s practical and simulation equipment. Topics include nutrition, pressure ulcer prevention and stress management.

Using her experience as a district nurse and educator Ann can make the programme responsive to the particular needs of those attending.

Ann Cubbin.  Picture credit: Tim GeorgeAnn Cubbin. Picture credit: Tim George

Demonstrations are supported by presentations and information that provide a package of practical skills and knowledge. ‘These can be used to improve care of the loved one, increasing the carer’s confidence, reducing the stress and distress,’ says Ann.

Participants are given information to take home including practical tips and ways to seek further information. Feedback has been extremely positive and the programme is attracting interest internationally.

Ann says: ‘Working with informal carers is very rewarding. By working together we can raise the standard of care provided for the one they care for. Carers are a much forgotten workforce without whom healthcare provision in the community would fail. I hope my carers’ project takes a step forward in recognising and valuing the work carers do.’

About the sponsor

NHS England

NHS EnglandNHS England’s mission is to ensure health and high quality care for all, now and future generations. NHS England creates the culture and conditions for health and care services and staff to deliver the highest standard of care and ensure that valuable public resources are used effectively to get the best outcomes for individuals, communities and society for now and for future generations.