Hello from the Healthy Gems!

A big hello from myself (Jess) and Helena the newer members of the Healthy Gems project team.  The aim of the programme is to improve the health literacy of parents/grandparents and childminders caring for young children. We are providing a two-part course delivering up to date information on children’s health and wellbeing and encouraging those with strong connections in the community to attend and help to build an informal network, which we will calling “community grannies /grandads “


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Wed, 08/16/2017 - 08:05

Being a GP and working in deprived communities

I guess that I decided to be a GP when I was about six years old.  At this point, I’m not sure that I had a clue about what General Practice actually entailed.  But I was still drawn to it.  To the idea of helping people, I think.

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Thu, 12/08/2016 - 10:55

Community Grannies

As it was coming towards winter, Toby, my son, got a cold. He had all the classic tell tale signs – runny nose, bit of a cough, slight fever, and he was definitely a little more grumpy than usual.  His cousins had had the same, so I was sure that they were the likely culprits, and there certainly was something going around – I’d seen lots of children at the GP practice where I work with similar things.  

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Tue, 11/29/2016 - 11:52

Living on the streets

Pathway blog 

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Tue, 11/29/2016 - 11:50

How to shift a tonne of compost

So there we were, three of us, in my Vauxhall Zafira on a dull Autumn morning, on a weigh bridge at the entrance to a recycling plant, shouting up through the car window to ask if it was ok if we came to pick up a tonne of compost. After a ‘let me make a few calls’ response from the booth I wound the window up again as quickly as possible and re-parked the car out of the way of the rubbish trucks lining up behind us, as the smell of rotting rubbish started to fill up the car.

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Tue, 11/29/2016 - 11:47

Welcome to the Shared Health Foundation blog

These blog posts are from members of the Shared Health Foundation team and their partners.