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Induction improves staff retention

Written by RHG Comms on . Posted in Glenside News

Glenside entrance

Over the past year, Glenside has reviewed and developed the induction process which has led to a positive effect on staff retention and the number of people welcomed to the business.

The induction training has been developed so that each new employee benefits from a dedicated induction period. Clinical staff receive six full days of classroom based training before working on the wards/units. This includes all mandatory training such as moving and handling; health and safety and management of actual and potential aggression training (MAPA), as well as specialist training regarding various aspects of brain injury from our therapy team.

“Use your head, wear a helmet!” safe cycling promotion continues apace

Written by RHG Comms on . Posted in Glenside News

Following the launch in February of Glenside’s “safe cycling” campaign “Use your head, wear a helmet”, we have been delighted by the positive response from the Salisbury schools and wider community.

The Bemerton St John Year 6 pupils enjoyed their two day Bikeability course and were the first to benefit from the safe cycling promotional gifts, including spoke reflectors and stickers. Mr Alun Jones, head teacher at Bemerton St John, said that “cycle safety is vital”. Another member of staff commented that it was useful that the school had been given the cycle helmets as a resource, as one of the participants broke the strap on their own helmet and wouldn’t have been able to continue on the bikeability course, if the Glenside helmets hadn’t been immediately available.

Bikeability Bemerton St John

Harnham Junior School pupils promote “Use your head, wear a helmet!

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Harnham

Harnham Junior school was the next school to participate in Glenside’s “Use your head, wear a helmet!” campaign, with Year 6 pupils taking part in their Bikeability training.

The aim of this campaign is to raise awareness of the risks of not wearing a bicycle helmet. According to the latest research led by the University of New South Wales, in Australia, cycle helmets are proven to reduce the chances of suffering a fatal head injury or sustaining a lifelong disability by as much as 65% and 69% respectively. This research backs numerous additional peer-reviewed studies confirming the effectiveness of cycle helmets.

We will also be visiting other schools including Gomeldon, Pitton, Sarum St Paul’s and Wilton & Barford CofE primary school, in the next few weeks to provide them with free cycle helmets as a resource for the schools and promoting the safe cycling message.

Music therapy improves rehabilitation

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Gillian F-B

Glenside has offered a Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy student, Gillian Farkas-Blake, a one year placement to further her studies and to support our service users. Gillian comes to the Glenside Salisbury site one day per week and spends time with our service users to evaluate and offer music therapy, either on a 1:2:1 basis or as a group.

Gillian has a personal interest in music, having previously achieved a distinction at Grade 8 in three instruments and a performer’s diploma. Initially, she gained a Degree in Psychology and first considered a career change thirteen years ago but only recently started the two year Nordoff Robbins Masters in Music Therapy degree.

Gillian enjoys using music to bring about positive effects to individuals, especially those who have lost their verbal communication skills. She believes that everyone has a form of musicality within them, regardless of whether they have ever been taught to play an instrument and music helps them to express themselves and connect with others.

Music Magpie volunteers project raises funds for The Trussell Trust

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Magpie Music project

The Trussell Trust have presented Glenside with a certificate of thanks, for donating £280 towards their charity. The money was raised by Glenside service users who volunteer to participate in a vocational project, linked with The Trussell Trust. Our service users assess the quality of donated CDs and sell them on-line via the specialist website “Music Magpie”, with all profit gained going back to the charity.

This project forms one of a range of vocational activities at Glenside, supported by the therapy team, aimed at providing service users with the opportunity to learn skills which they could use on their return into the community.