Getting to know you was the theme of the day

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The nursing team working at the Greater Manchester Clinical Assessment and Treatment Service (GM CATS) chose International Nurses Day (May 12) to let everyone find out more about them and what they do.

Joanne Rowbottom, Senior Sister North and South Unit GM CATS, explained how they devised a novel way of everyone getting to know each other. “We wanted other members of the service to know more about us and our roles and we also felt this was an opportunity for the nursing team to come together. We compiled a quiz which asked questions relating to the team as individuals to see how well everyone knows their colleagues. Questions included which member of the team had appeared in a panto on ice, who had run a small business and who had been at Ground Zero on 9/11. The top score was 19 out of 30 but everyone in the clinical team had a lot of fun taking part.

“We managed to raise £106 for the Florence Nightingale Foundation through a cake sale and the £1 entry to the quiz. I think by the end of the day, people had a better idea of who we are and what we do.

“We’ve also created more of a team atmosphere by pulling all the nurses’ desks together. Previously they were spread out across the Piccadilly base. We have six nurses based at Piccadilly and a further six who pop in and out,” said Joanne.

The service provides high quality healthcare at convenient locations in the Greater Manchester area. Services include urology, ENT, gynaecology, musculoskeletal and general surgery. They have onsite diagnostics that use the very latest technology, including MRI, X-ray, ultrasound and CT scanning. In most cases patients can see a consultant and have any diagnostic tests required in the same appointment. GM CATS consists of mobile clinics which rotate between sites around Greater Manchester, typically spending four or five days at each site before moving on overnight. Patients are referred to the service by their GPs.

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