New year plans 2015
Well last year finished off rather manically for me as I worked my little socks off bringing the Charity's amazing support network up to speed and matched dozens of desperate sufferers with volunteers to hold their cyber hands over the Christmas period while they endured non-sick relatives and bouncy excited children.
As a result I half wrote two blog posts which never got posted. The second of which was a proud reflection of the amazing achievements of the Hyperemesis Improvement Movement over the last year which I'll summarize more briefly now we're already heading to mid January... Not only has my own blog and work been shortlisted for the BIB Awards, MAD Blog Awards and, most amazingly, Tesco Mum of the Year Award, but the Hyperemesis Day Unit at Birmingham Women's Hospital was nominated for a prestigious HSJ Award for Value and Improvement in Acute Service Redesign and came second in category with special recognition. Even more spectacular than that the incredible IV nurses at Sirona Care and Health in Bath who have been pioneering the IV at Home service in their area and setting a gold standard national example of excellence in Hyperemesis care WON their category at the Nursing Times Award in October! You can watch a short film about their amazing service on the Pregnancy Sickness Support website here.
Of course a huge personal achievement and important development for the whole of the HG community was the publication of Hyperemesis Gravidarum - The Definitive Guide, which went on sale in October and has received some fantastic reviews so far.
Right at the end of the year came an exciting development which will take us on into the new year... I have successfully gain the position of Expert Advisor on Hyperemesis Gravidarum for the Care Quality Commission (CQC), which means that during reviews of maternity, gyne wards and potentially GP surgeries the needs of women with hyperemesis will be accurately represented. Poor care can be rooted out and corrected and excellent care can be highlighted and held up as what should be strived for. If you want to get hyperemesis care on the CQC's agenda then be sure to tell them about your experience of treatment, either good or bad, on their website.
So looking ahead to 2015, what is in store for the International Hyperemesis Improvement Movement?
Well, in addition to the CQC work, I and my colleagues at PSS will be focusing on research into the condition. We have already form a research subgroup within the Charity which has met and agreed various directions so expect more from that in the coming months. I will also be running small surveys on here to highlight certain issues and I hope to publish more articles this year.
A Healthcare Professional Conference is planned for May 11th this year and they'll be flyers available soon for posting in hospitals and letting your midwives, gyne units and GPs know about it. It's all about developing services in the UK, such as IV Day Units and IV at home services. These are increasing rapidly, with areas like, Bath, Birmingham and Nottingham leading the way in excellence.
I know I say it almost every time but I'm hoping to blog more... it's just easier said than done sometimes and when I'm faced with the choice of speaking to a sufferer and matching her with a volunteer or getting a blog post up, it's a no brainer... my priority is with the sufferer. Quiet times on the blog usually indicate busy times elsewhere so please bear with me while I learn to juggle more and more balls as new and exciting opportunities present themselves this year.
And, dear readers, there is something I want to ask of you this year... fundraise, donate and volunteer... please... I can't do this on my own.