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Staff Newsletter 24 April 2020

Dear Colleague,

We continue to be very grateful for all your hard work in health care and your loyalty to us at 18 Week Support.

We have decided to produce a weekly newsletter to inform you of what we are doing to provide clinical support to the NHS in these difficult times. The newsletter will also signpost you to useful resources for your work.

This week the newsletter is short, but next week we will have a lot of exciting news to share with you!

18WS Activity

We are currently developing pathways for two week wait patients in endoscopy, in partnership with now two NHS Trusts and the Cancer Alliance. Our challenge is to undertake this essential work safely for our staff and patients within the context of the COVID 19 pandemic, whilst securing the best outcomes for patients who have a life limiting condition and need investigation and treatment. We will update you as this work progresses.

Headquarter staff

Our headquarter staff continue to work with us, but with reduced working hours:

9 a.m. to 3: 30 p.m. Monday to Friday.


These links may be helpful to you if you are home schooling children.

BBC Bitsize – It allows you to drill down into the right tools for your child’s school year, and even lets you pick a subject area to focus on – from English to Geography to Maths and History. It caters to school children all the way from primary school to post-16, so will work whatever age your kids are

Century – – in order to help during the coronavirus pandemic, the website has a section for parents, and it aims to identify gaps in knowledge, address misconceptions and personalises content for your children.

Oxford Owl– created by Oxford University Press, it has a specific section dedicated to home-schooling, including advice for parents, as well as a range of educational games and activities and a library for 3 – 11 year olds.

BBC History for Kids– his is a great resource for learning all about the past in an easy, digestible way, from Ancient Egypt to the Magna Carta.

Memrise – a language-learning platform that could incredibly helpful for anyone studying the languages.

Quizlet – which makes simple learning tools such as games and flashcards for a variety of subjects.

Seneca – providing free revision on exam-board specific subjects, for A Level, GCSE, and KS3 and K2S students.

Twinkl – an online education publisher, providing access to handy lesson plans, interactive activities and assessments.

Staying in Touch

We love our 18WS family and we want to stay in touch with you and get your feedback on how you are and what more we can do to support. The Lead Nurses and Nurses’ in Charge continue to have weekly catchups by telephone.

In addition, we keep a record of clinical staff and their household members who have been unwell or are self-isolating because of suspected COVID 19. Please let us know if this is pertinent to you so we can keep track of your health and wellbeing and offer advice. We also follow up all individuals we have listed with a telephone call from Jake, our Head of Nursing, to offer help and support. 

Please send any comments or suggestions about this newsletter to Niara at nblommestein@18weeksupport.com.

With our very best wishes.

Jane Naish
Director of Nursing

Niara Blommestein
Service Operations Manager

Virtual drop-in sessions

We are also planning virtual drop-in sessions for each specialty. Invites have been sent out to you, so please save these dates on your calendar and if you have not done already please  RSPV here.

  • Surgery – 27th April 7pm
  • Endoscopy – 28th April 7pm
  • Ophthalmology – 30th April 7pm

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