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Newcastle firm aiming to raise [pounds sterling]20,000 to give nurses free hand cream; Nursem was created to combat the high number of nurses forced suffering from contact dermatitis.

Byline: Jonathon Manning

A North East skin care company is attempting to raise [pounds sterling]20,000 throughcrowdfundingto create a product that can protect nurses' hands and save the NHS millions.

Many nurses suffer from a condition known as contact dermatitis - where their hands become severely irritated, dry and cracked - due to the number of times they are required to wash their hands while at work. The painful condition leads to manyNHS workersbeing forced to take time off work as they are not allowed to use hand creams while on the job.

Husband and wife team Jonny and Antonia Philp came up with the idea to create a product that can be used by nurses after Antonia - a trained nurse - was forced to take two weeks off work because of the condition.

The duo worked with a panel of British nurses and Newcastle Science City to develop a range of skin care products under the brand Nursem. They are now looking to raise [pounds sterling]20,000 on crowdfunding site Crowdfunder to produce their first batch of products.

The ultimate aim is to provide Nursem products to nurses free of charge.

Explaining the idea behind the campaign, Jonny said: "We have set up the crowdfunding campaign to get our first production up and running. The main product is a hand cream designed for use by nurses so that they can use it on a hospital ward.

"Nurses have the highest rate of contact dermatitis in any profession. My wife had the problem six or seven years ago and we teamed up to start working on this. We believe it costs the NHS [pounds sterling]9m a year through nurses taking time off because of the condition."

He added: "We want all healthcare staff to be using this by 2025 for free. There will be a retail product which will launch later this year and for every product you buy we will provide a months free hand cream for a nurse."

As with most crowdfunding campaigns, those who back Nursem's launch will be able to gain a number of rewards, but unlike most campaigns Nursem also promises to give rewards to nurses themselves.

Backers who make a [pounds sterling]25 pledge will receive a Nursem Twin Pack (consisting of a 300ml bottle of hand cream and 300ml of hand wash), but the donation will also be used to send two months of hand cream to nurses and midwives. A [pounds sterling]225 pledge will see backers receive 10 Nursem Twin Packs and see 20 months' worth of hand cream sent to healthcare professionals.

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Backers can also nominate a specific nurse or hospital to receive the donation.

The skin care products have been backed by a number of nursing organisations including the Royal College of Nursing Foundation, the Florence Nightingale Foundation, and the Nursing Times.

The company is two-thirds of the way towards its target,having raised [pounds sterling]13,667, with 13 days left.


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Jonny and Antonia Philp

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Nursem is designed specifically for nurses

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Publication:The Chronicle (Newscastle upon Tyne, England)
Date:May 29, 2018
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