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Student nurses launch website to aid amputees

Monday, 23 July 2018

STUMPED! launch event

A new website is being launched by student nurses to aid non-trauma amputees following more than a year of consultation with amputees, their families and NHS Trusts.

A new website is being launched by student nurses to aid non-trauma amputees following more than a year of consultation with amputees, their families and NHS Trusts.

STUMPED! is a ‘one-stop’ website where people with limb loss, their families, and healthcare professionals can access information and find out about services available in Oxfordshire from ‘prevention’ to ‘living at home’. The website also gives an opportunity for people with limb loss to share their story and benefit from the established Volunteer Visitor Scheme offered by Limbless Association.

A £10,000 crowdfunding campaign has now been launched to develop the website, increase accessibility and usability, and to update the content on an ongoing basis. To donate as little as £10 to the project, visit www.gofundme.com/stumped-charity-crowdfunding

The STUMPED! project began with support from the Oxford Brookes Social Entrepreneurship Awards and since its inception, the team have gained national recognition for their work by being shortlisted as finalists for the Global Challenge 2017, Student Nursing Times Awards 2018, the RCNi Nurse Awards 2018 as well as being mentioned in the annual parliamentary report completed by the Westminster Cross Party Limb Loss Group.

After much consultation with people with limb loss and their families, and collaboration with trusts such as King’s College NHS Foundation Trust, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, with support from Oxford Brookes Social Entrepreneurship Awards, Santander Bank and Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Stumped! was created.

The STUMPED! Charity website is led by student nurses, Raluca Vagner and Pedro Simas with support from computer graduate Misbah Munir. It was launched at Oxford Brookes University in June 2018, with a special event to thank supporters of the project.

Commented MA student Raluca Vagner,

As student nurses on placement, we saw with our own eyes the lack of care and support available to amputees leaving hospital. Together the Stumped! Team want to provide quality of life to people with limb loss by giving them the information they need to empower them to live lives that they have really good reason to value.

Special guests at the launch included the Lord Mayor of Oxford, Councillor Colin Cook; the City Council’s Disability Champion, Councillor Marie Tidball; the Dean of Health and Life Sciences Faculty at Brookes, Dr Astrid Schloerscheidt and the University’s Head of Nursing, Liz Westcott, who were joined by other healthcare professionals, academics and fellow students.

More information at stumped.org.uk or www.gofundme.com/stumped-charity-crowdfunding