Independent Nurse

Independent Nurse 2022

The App is live and Bradford is in!

Like so many people, I often find January and February to be a tough couple of months.  But not this year!  I am delighted to announce that the Treacle App has launched at last.  Just pop Treacle into the App Store on your phone and you are good to go. Our amazing tech team over… Read more »


Being kind to yourself during bereavement. One of the main things I have learnt from listening to attendees of the It’s Worth Talking About peer support groups is that we must try to be kind to ourselves during the grieving process. Grief is a unique, individual and unpredictable process. Whilst peer support and talking enables… Read more »

3 Steps to Kindness

“Are you hungry?” It was these 3 words that set off a catalyst of events that resulted in the creation of The words were uttered after one of the simplest and yet most powerful acts of kindness there is, to simply listen.  Kindness can be seen in oh so many ways if you spend… Read more »

A Blog for the National Academy of Social Prescribing

I am an Advanced Nurse Practitioner working in Primary Care, and in 2020, during the first national lockdown I became increasingly frustrated at the lack of any one site where I could go to find social prescribing help for my patients.  So I set about building one. Initially the idea was something small, to solve… Read more »

Social prescribing: supporting older people

Kathy Oxtoby looks at the value of social prescribing for older people, the benefits and challenges of this approach, and how it can help isolated individuals connect with their communities. Enid is 84. She has hypertension and type 2 diabetes, which is controlled. Physically she was coping well, until last year when her husband of… Read more »

News about Treacle is Spreading

  Keighley nurse sets up website to help colleagues prescribe non-medical help By David Knights A HAWORTH nurse has started a website to help patients and fellow professionals find help for a host of health issues. Helen O’Connell’s website offers non-medical solutions for concerns and issues isolation, mental ill-health or the need to get… Read more »

How it all began

Starting Out (Around Christmas 2019) The quietly spoken patient sitting in front of me had various symptoms, which had not been solved by previous consultations or recent blood test results. As I sat watching her speak the problem dawned on me and I gently asked “are you hungry?” My patient clearly did not want to… Read more »