Project information

Support Network

To improve the mental and physical well-being of women whose pregnancies are complicated by severe pregnancy sickness; a debilitating condition that results in increased anxiety, isolation and depression, as well as causing weight loss, dehydration and even hospitalisation during pregnancy.

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Charity information: Pregnancy Sickness Support

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  • Need

    Need

    To improve the mental and physical well-being of women whose pregnancies are complicated by severe pregnancy sickness; a debilitating condition that results in increased anxiety, isolation and depression, as well as causing weight loss, dehydration and even hospitalisation during pregnancy

    Solution

    The Support Network offers immediate information and support to sufferers about coping strategies, treatments, HG Day Units and self-help enabling them to seek better treatment and support. When sufferers are matched with a peer supporter they receive ongoing support and info crucial in reducing isolation and anxiety, normalising the experience through shared understanding and experience, helps empower the sufferer to seek treatment and improves the physical and mental outcomes of pregnancies

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Reduced isolation and anxiety amongst women suffering the condition.

    Activities

    » Provide support and information via our helpline and match sufferers with peer supporters to ensure they have someone to talk to that understands

    Through online feedback forms sent to sufferers 8 weeks after initial contact and publishing qualitative data on our website and social media platforms


    Aim 2

    Empowering women to seek effective treatment during pregnancy

    Activities

    » Provide treatment information based on the RCOG clinical guidelines ensuring sufferers are fully informed aswell as details of local HG friendly Dr's

    Follow up contact and questionnaires with sufferers as well as through peer support reports - this data will be published on our website and social media platforms


    Aim 3

    Improved physical and mental outcomes of pregnancies for sufferers of the condition.

    Activities

    » Providing information and support by phone & email an at all stages of pregnancy to ensure questions are answered and that the woman feels informed

    Feedback via online forms from sufferers as well as through online surveys and through sufferers becoming volunteers for the charity.


    Aim 4

    Increased awareness of the condition amongst healthcare professionals

    Activities

    » Deliver training, send ward packs containing research to HCP's across the country and invite HCP's to our International Training Conference in Oct '17

    feedback forms from HCP's after training sessions, follow up emails after ward packs have been sent. Will also be seen through the setting up of specialist treatment units.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Improved care and treatment for sufferers instead of women facing the postcode lottery for treatment and support currently reported.
    Sufferers working in partnership with the Drs to ensure they have gold standard care and treatment and are believed and supported at all times.
    More specialist treatment units for women suffering.
    PSS will deliver annual reports detailing services and improvements being made as well as the benefits the support network offers.

    Risk

    The condition not being acknowledged by HCP's.
    We have released research annually which has been covered in the medical and lay press to provide information about the condition. We deliver training sessions throughout the country and run biennial conferences for HCP's. We also contact HCP's directly with information about the condition and treatments available.

    Reporting

    We will provide quarterly reports using mixed media to prove the impact and outcomes of the project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £94,190

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      Amount Heading Description
      £72,866 Staff Costs over 3 years Costs for staff over 3 years
      £21,324 Operating costs Office costs over 3 years

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Hospital Saturday fund £2,000 Guaranteed
    Monatrea Trust £18,000 Guaranteed
    Private donations £20,000 Conditional
  • Background

    Location

    The project is UK wide and will benefit women of child bearing age from all socio-economic backgrounds.
    Family members of sufferers are also supported through this project.

    Beneficiaries

    The project will benefit women whose pregnancies are complicated by severe pregnancy sickness or HG, as well as their partners and families across the UK. It will benefit sufferers not only during the term of their pregnancy but also should they wish or need to plan for another pregnancy. It will also benefit HG suffers who volunteer for the charity: many of the charity's volunteers report that their work helping other women actually helps their own mental recovery from the condition.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    PSS is the only UK charity supporting sufferers and their families with NVP and HG.
    PSS is the leading voice and is at the cutting edge of Hyperemesis in the UK and is led by a team of trustees immersed in research and treatment development.
    PSS has been in operation for 15 years and is held in great regard in both the medical and lay arenas.
    PSS has been meeting the needs of HG and NVP sufferers for 15 years and will continue to do so.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Karen Lodge

    Support Coordinator: The support coordinator runs the helpline and manager the volunteers and is the first point of contact for the charity.

    Caitlin Dean

    Chairperson, nurse specialist and researcher. Oversees the running of the whole charity, acts as spokesperson and ensures accurate representation