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Our objectives are to allow our patients and their families to maintain the normality of daily life and maintain physical function and independence for as long as possible.
Our service is available to anyone over the age of 18 currently facing a life limiting illness, this can include advanced cancer, neurological conditions such as Motor Neurone Disease and Parkinson's, advanced respiratory and cardiovascular disease and dementia.
Wellbeing at Cynthia Spencer is available for patients with a life limiting illness over the age of 18. To access the service, you will need a referral from your health care practitioner. This can be your GP, nurse, social worker, or allied health professional. At this point we sadly cannot take direct referrals from patients, families or friends.
Our services are led by Therapists as we believe this provides our patients with the best opportunities to achieve our objectives which are to give you information, skills and techniques, allowing you to manage your daily life more effectively within the limitations that your illness places on you.
We held a staff launch event recently for NHFT staff to learn all about the Wellbeing service. If you weren't able to attend you can see the full presentation from Claire McEwan, Clinical Lead here:
You can also download Claire's full slide deck here.
Wellbeing at Cynthia Spencer runs specific symptom management programmes focusing on symptoms that are commonly reported by people with a variety of life limiting conditions. The sessions focus on education and self-management techniques that could help you to reduce the impact of these symptoms on your day to day life. Each week there will be an education section, an exercise section and a relaxation section.
Wellbeing at Cynthia Spencer is open 5 days a week between 10am and 4pm.
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You will be contacted by phone by a member of our Wellbeing at Cynthia Spencer team who will go through an initial assessment with you. The phone call will take approximately 15 minutes and allows our team to match the services we provide to your specific needs. Sometimes we will post out a letter to invite you for an individual appointment to discuss your needs.
Our sessions are between 1 and 3 hours and depending on our specific programme of care, you will be offered between 5 and 12 sessions. At the end of your programme we will review your progress and assess if you require further sessions or alternative support.
I just think the atmosphere and the way everybody treats you is marvellous. It’s been so helpful. You’re not expected to take everything in, it’s what suits you and helps you and there’s no pressure on you. Coming here has been such a benefit to me. Initially I came to attend the breathlessness course and they’ve given me techniques to help me with that. When I came for the fatigue management I didn’t think that would be very helpful as I thought ‘how can you manage that?’ but in actual fact it was really helpful. They’re not at all scary, they’ve absolutely lovely. They’re so patient with us. It’s super
It is very important that you notify the team between sessions if you have been feeling poorly, have had a change in medication or have required a hospital stay to ensure that we explore with you how to manage your changing needs.
The Wellbeing Centre
Cynthia Spencer Hospice
Manfield Health Campus
Telephone 01604 678144
Monday to Friday, 10am until 4pm
All of the Wellbeing at Cynthia Spencer services and sessions are free. They are provided by the NHS and funded by Cynthia Spencer Hospice Charity.
Cynthia Spencer Hospice Charity are proud to be working with Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust to provide the funding for the services offered by Wellbeing at CynthiaSpencer to patients and families with life limiting illnesses.
Cynthia Spencer Hospice Charity is committed to continuing to improve CARE, SUPPORT and CHOICE provided to patients with life limiting illnesses and their families in Northamptonshire.
We are working with NHFT to expand and improve Wellbeing at CynthiaSpencer services with the hope that in the future this service will be the gateway to ensuring that all patients with life limiting illnesses have an Advance Care Plan in place which enables them to live the life they have to the full.
At this point you may be wondering why Cynthia Spencer Hospice charity needs your support? The simple answer is we would not be able to provide and continue to grow our services and clinical teams without the support and generosity of our local community. We need to raise £3,000 per day just to continue to provide the current services.
If you, your family or your friends have been touched by Cynthia Spencer Hospice and would like to help fund the hospice for future generations please contact our Fundraising Team at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 01604 973340 or visit our fundraising pages.