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In Memory of Joan Whitelaw.

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Tommy Whitelaw unveiling plaque on Ward 30 BHH

 

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Tommy Whitelaw with his mum Joan, who has Alzheimers. Tommy Is planning a walking tour of Scottish cities to raise awareness

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University West Scotland Ayr Nursing Students Pledge to Make a Difference

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With great thanks to Fiona Millar, lecturer at the University of West Scotland for inviting Tommy back to speaking to 2nd  Nursing students at the Ayr Campus over 2 talks.

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Tommy has had the great privilege to speak at the Ayr campus before you can read the pledges from 2014 Here and 2015 here.

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Tommy was joined by David Marshal and Susan Donnelly from the Care Inspectorate along with Rhona Millar from the ALLIANCE’s Health and Social Care Academy.

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Thank you once again for the kind opportunity to meet the inspiring Nurses of the future

 

Please take time to read their wonderful words and pledges below:

Hoven Lee Walker, I pledge to listen and help to each patient and work alongside their family to achieve the best result possible for them and to treat them as a person.
Lauren Cornell I pledge to be kind and always do my best and to see my patient as an individual, not the condition.
Demi Littlejohn I pledge to recognise and act on when someone is struggling and give respect and dignity to all the patients that I care for to make a difference and spend more time to make that patients life that I am caring for easier and better
Kiera Howatson I pledge to treat everyone I care for with kindness and the way I would want all of my family members to be cared for if they had an illness
My pledge is to stop and think about person and remember their an individual, the are not an illness and treat them as an individual.
Jade Langan My pledge is to listen to and support my residents/ patients to the best of my ability
Shannon Jones My pledge is always find out who the person is before caring for them, to always speak to their family and carers, and find out how their feeling and coppin with the situations they are in, and to they need help/ advice
Shaunie Russell I pledge to always try and support individuals and their carers, to not only see them a unique individuals with a story, but to include them and their carers in decision treatment
Hazel Goodwing My pledge is to listen and care for my patients and support the family, let them know they are not alone, get to know and understand the person whilst always being kind, showing compassion and making a stand to help every way possible.
Connie Graham I pledge to take the time to get to know the individual for who they are and not focus on their illness, also to support their families. Carers and find out what’s important to them as a family.
Jode McWillians I pledge to continue to have a smile on my face and continue to ensure I try my very best to make who I care for smile.
Simone McCahill I pledge to make people and their families feel there is something to fight for even on their tough days.
Craig Johnston. I pledge as a suffer of a long term health condition; I want others to get the same high standards of care I expect, need and want.
Charlie kerr I pledge to know them better what/ who matters to them. To make the time to talk and listen to those in my care + treat them with compassion at all times. I also pledge to further my knowledge and understanding to allow me to help those more effectively with their daily lives and their care
I pledge to spend as much time with people with dementia and treat them with as much respect as I would expect for myself.
Lisa McGhee. I pledge to never ignore a patient, to treat every patient as an individual and to take time to get to know patients and make a difference to their life and to view/see the person, not dementia.
Mary Brannan I pledge to treat everyone in my care with privacy, dignity and respect and see the person not the illness.
Chelsea Cannell I pledge to look beyond peoples medical needs and get to know them and their story. I will also ensure that cares/ family remain involved.
Sarah Marie I pledge to always be compassionate, and put the person at the centre of their care. I pledge to be loving and caring in everything I do.
Alice Morris I pledge to provide care which is person centred in a kind and compassionate manner tailored to individuals’ needs.
Leah McKendry I pledge and promise to ask how are you and listen to your answer, celebrate your joy and comfort your pain
Jack Hastings. I pledge to treat everyone with dignity and respect; I will act as a comforting voice to those who need it
I pledge listening to patient, doing my best to help them, I want to be a good nurse who has a good heart, and using all the knowledge to help people.
Dionne Buchanan I pledge to look at the person not the condition to care and support individuals and their families. Be the advocate, give them time and love like they deserve.
Jade McKie. I pledge to do my best and always learn to know the person not the disease.
Alison Murray I pledge to make every person I care for to feel like an individual and listen to everything they have to say,
I pledge to make a difference by making someone smile being patient to listen
Kelly I pledge to care, to see an listen to your story
Stacey I pledge to spend as much time with dementia patients as necessary
Lauren Millar I pledge to care for people as you would if they were your ow
Julie Mckay. I pledge to be kind, caring compassionate to everyone I work with, treat people how I would like to be treated.
Pauline Gaw I pledge to make a positive difference to a person’s well- being and health no matters how small
Graig Jamieson I pledge to make someone smile everyday
Stephanie Cole I pledge to make a difference to every one of my patients, to care for my patients the way I would want my family to be cared for.
Natalie I pledge to make a difference and show kindness towards individuals and be the best caring nurse I can be.
Lorraine McCreath I pledge to make gran ( a retired nurse who has dementia) proud never stop learning from the people I meet
Victoria McNicol I pledge to always give person centred care, be respectful of the person their family, friends and always strive to be a positive support.
I pledge to make a small positive change and difference to people lives. To try and take the time and listen to the people I provide care for
I pledge to support, assist and encourage patients to be as happy and as cared for as they need. I also pledge to never see dementia and instead see the individual.
Kirsty Cruickshanks I pledge to support individuals living with dementia and their families with the upmost dignity and respect they deserve, to care, to love and to listen
Kayleigh Prew. I pledge to treat every service user with dignity, respect and compassionately. I also pledge to treat everyone as an individual.
Liane I pledge to encourage, care and listen and provide the things that will inevitably and hopefully make a difference to that person’s well-being and their lives as a whole.
Adam I pledge to always put the person first, never illness, to always let the person be themselves, always.
Olivia Robertson I pledge to get to know a person by their name, their story, and not as the person with dementia.
Lyndsay Smit I pledge to always be there for someone who need help, is vulnerable, scared and just wants a chat. It is not only doing things that shows your care it’s as little as just being a pair of ears helps a lot
Emma I pledge to always know a person by their name and story and not their illness
Aimee Edwards. I pledge to make more time and have equal amount of patient for every patient to learn their story and what makes them who they are
Caroline Paton I pledge to always do my best to make my patients care experience as pleasant as possible
Wendy Woods. I pledge to be the kind of nurse that makes a difference, creating a little bit of hope where people think it is lost
Michelle McKenna I pledge to make a difference no matter how small to treat people as unique individual, reminding myself how privileged I am to be doing what I do, and sharing individuals stories and journeys.
Julieann Cowie  “the standard you walk past, is the standard you accept, “ I pledge not to walk passed
Alex Rodge I pledge to feel motivated
Lynne I pledge to continue delivery the best possible care, treat every patient with dignity and respect,, Be  the voice for those who need to be heard, and listen to those who need support.
Hayley Strang. I pledge to always respect an individual for who they are as a person and not their illness
I pledge to make my community dementia friendly, aware to support those within it to remain and thrive there
Lina Peggie I pledge to listen to all carers and service users to help understand them as an individual and treat everyone as an individual with kindness respect and dignity. Give everyone a reason in life to smile.
Yvonne Anderson I pledge to be the nurse people look forward to seeing at the start of a shift, as they will know they will be cared for in a way which is respectful and dignified. Their holistic care needs will be listened to be met.
 

 

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I pledge to always try to be the best nurse I can be
Sheree Sharpe I pledge to always be kind and understanding to listen to those living with conditions and their carers.
Michelle Taylor I pledge to smile, always show people that I do care, I love my job.
Shennan Whitford I pledge to came to nursing from a work environment that frequently accused me of sticking up for people, I hereby pledge that I will always stick up for you, the person
I pledge to always take the time to listen, to listen to the persons wishes and the families wishes, worries and concerns. I will act to keep my pledge
Sarah Wilson I pledge to continue, to make a change, to always listen to my patients and treat them as an individual.
Rebeca Sgarlata I pledge to strive an continue to listen to what clients, patients have to say and finish my degree with the best that I can do. And to continue having the appropriate skills and attributes throughout my nursing career
Eilidh Stewart I pledge to listen to patients stories and learn about their background through  this support them to improve their future and care service.
Leanne Selwyn I pledge to continue to treat people as individuals focusing on what matters to them, giving people their own personal identity right to the very end.
Tone Owens I pledge to continue to make a difference and ensure my service user feels safe and is grateful for my care
Mannah Paterson I pledge to make every one of my patients smile and feel happy at least once every day. To encourage them to see the light, even in the darkest of times.
Lauren Daly I pledge to always listen to everyone that needs me to and to always be kind, caring, and supportive and listen to people’s stories.
Elaine Smith I pledge to be more understanding of dementia, the effects it has on the sufferer and the family involved.
Erin Wilson I pledge that for the rest of my career I will comfort, reassure and support the people in my care to fulfil their potential and recognise what and who matters to them.
Kim Ramsay I pledge to take the time to listen to patients, carers and families and help them in any way possible.
Gemma Ramsay I pledge to stop and listen to anyone who wants to stop and talk to receive kindness and reassurance to prevent feelings of uncertainty loneliness
Samantha Doherty I pledge to look beyond a person diagnosis to get to know them and make sure people never feel alone, be kind to everyone I meet, no matter what.
Yasmine soger. I pledge to make everyone’s journey easier than tommy’s from the start to finish.
Tracy Taylor I pledge to be patient, selfless, supportive, understanding to people with dementia, their family, and loved ones.
Shannon I pledge to be patient and take the time to get to know the patient in my care
Kharlene Haddow. I pledge to always make everyone smile on the good and the bad days. I will always recognise every person as a special wonderful individual that they are. Always treat others as you would like to be treated.
Sarah I pledge to get to know the patient and their likes and interests rather than getting to know them because their illness.
Rhianna Laird I pledge to always listen to the people I care for, and I also pledge to always find out their story and background and not just their name and illness.
I pledge to always see the person and not the illness. To treat everyone in my care ( their families, carers, friends…) with compassion, dignity, respect,. I pledge to listen
Megan Smillie. I pledge to always put my patients’ needs firs, and to make sure that I can make a difference no matter how big or small to my patients, and to always keep them safe.
Hollie. I pledge to provide the best care I can, and to listen to the patients needs and what matter to them.
Natalie Glover, I pledge to always be kind at patient and always put the patients’ needs first to offer a better tomorrow than today.
Sophie Haswell U pledge to  always listen to people stories, I pledge to never walkpast  and always give my full devoted attention in caring for my patients and care and love of those as though they were my loved one. I also pledge to love my job and day, I stop loving what I do is the day I will retire.
Claire Smith I pledge to listen to individuals’ stories and learn more about them
Charlotte I pledge to provide a listening ear to those who need one.
Tracy Graham I pledge to always see the person and not the illness, to take the time to listen and continue learning to improve understanding.
Melanie Milligan I pledge to devote my time to make a difference to each and every patient I care for, to always remember who that patient is and not what their condition is.
Loren Dake My pledge is to ensure I always put my patients’ needs first, to not treat the conditions but the patient. I pledge to empower my patients to have a voice when it comes to their treatment and care
Shannorn Glass I pledge to listen to the patient’s stories to continue being non-judgemental and understanding of the life they lead
Jennifer Jordan I pledge to continue providing a high standard of care throughout my training and when I qualify will continue to listen to my patients and not judge them
Chesea Milligan I chose to study mental health nurse after watching my granny live with and lose her battle with dementia; I pledge to use my profession to help those like many nurses had helped my granny. I pledge to make them smile, fell safe and comfort them when they are scared.
Clara Gomez I pledge to learn about every story, experiences and never forget that, it is on our hands to make people’s life better.
Linzi Carter I pledge to go above and beyond to ensure everyone, patients, carers, and their families are actively listened to and do everything I can to inform and offer support.
Tony Reid I pledge to remember every persons as/is an individual, and to help them take each day at a personal pace by minute or hours.
Holly Austin I pledge to always ask “how are you?” and really listen to their answer
Claire Gilliland I pledge to treat everyone as a person not a condition.
Kervin I pledge to always treat a person with dementia with the same dignity and respect on those who don’t
Emma Anderson I pledge to always be friendly and approachable to individuals, to help in whatever way I can and to never make anyone feel ignored or dismissed.
Melanie I pledge to continue seeing people as the person they are
Regarn Marsh I pledge to always make the effort to get to know the people I am caring for, and use their journey and way I can
Ruby McMaster I pledge to remain passionate when caring for people living with dementia, to be supportive to carers and families.
Zoe Frith. I pledge to always be there for my patients and listen to everyone and help when I can
Lindsey Higgins. I pledge never be that nurse
Roxanne I pledge to always take the time to listen to listen to my patients and carers, I pledge to always see the person and not the condition
Steven Gilchrist I pledge to always take the time to listen and to be their when needed
I pledge to listen and understand the patient and see them for who they are, as individuals, and not how their illness portrays them as.
Claire Harbison I pledge to treat people as the unique individuals they are with their own story, rather than their diagnosis or bed numbers, everyone has worth regardless of their background, unconditional positive regard¬
Sophie Carson I pledge to always treat people as individuals, respect their wishes, empower them, and promote their quality of life as much as I can.
Katherine. I pledge to remember the small things which can make a huge difference to patients, their families’ lives small things include, listening, talking to patients about their lives, being kind approachable.

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Belfast General Ward Collaborative Pledge to Make a Difference

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With great thanks to Nichola Cullen, Trudy Harknes and all the team for inviting Tommy to speak at the General Ward Collaborative in Belfast on September 13th.

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This was a day to bring teams together to discuss dementia and delirium led by the PHA safety forum.

The inspiring dementia Northern Ireland group where also invited to speak. This is a group of people from across Northern Ireland who are living with dementia

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The day was a great day of learning and listening to the lived experience

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You can read the inspiring pledges below  from the day:

 

I pledge that no matter how busy the ward is and how stressed I feel, I will take the time to smile, listen and be kind.  Dawn Montgomery

My pledge is to spend at least 10 extra minutes with the next 10 dementia patient, 9 on treating. Gavin

My pledge is to spend more time finding out what matters/ what is important to my patients. Claire

My pledge is to make time to listen to my patients and their concerns, worries and use my new knowledge of dementia to better care for my patients and improve their experience. Naomi Ewing

My pledge is to ensure staff who work in the service, I manage are trained in dementia care

My pledge is to keep Tommy’s work in the forefront of my project work streams Laura

My pledge is I will listen to the people stories and use it as a way of getting to know them better. Alexandra Baird.

My pledge is to see the care as well as the person with dementia, Andrew McCullough

My pledge is to listen, to teach, to learn. Ciaran Trolan

My pledge is to get to know the person behind the illness Paul McIlmail.

My pledge is to not only listen to what matters but to do what matters Phyllis McConnerl

My pledge is to do the best I can in every situation. Margaret

My pledge is to inspire my ward team to think dementia every day. Siobhan Blair

My pledge is to ensure every ward to my patient, is a kind work

My pledge is to learn 1 thing new each day from each patient in my care Karne Hull.

My pledge is that I am going to listen more to patients and carers. Jackie Williams.

I pledge to have future care for all dementia patient that makes us feel cared for the manner that takes every all our fears. Anne Scott

I pledge to believe we have a health service that care. Liz Cunningham

I pledge to make awareness about dementia M Bhattad.

I pledge to always take time to know the person before the patient. Holly Warren

My pledge is to listen more and allow person time to talk

I pledge to be more aware of younger patients with dementia and to be respectful of their individuality and capabilities. Sarah Ward.

I pledge to take more time with patients.

I pledge to listen understand and genuinely care, for patients and their carers. Reading the feeling of isolation Carla Beech

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Nursing Students UWS Hamilton Pledge to Make a Difference

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Dementia Carer Voices would like to start by thanking Angela Quigley, Senior Lecturer at The University West of Scotland Hamilton Campus for inviting Tommy back to speak to 2nd year Nursing and Mental Health students.

Tommy spoke last year to students and you can read the pledges from last years talk here

Tommy was joined by Cath Cooney, House of Care programme manager from the ALLIANCE.  The House of Care represents a tangible and proven approach that allows healthcare to embrace Care and Support Planning and fulfil its responsibilities to support the self-management of people living with multiple long term conditions.  This approach supports and enables people to articulate their own needs and decide on their own priorities, through a process of joint decision making, goal setting and action planning.  More info can be found here

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Tommy and Cath were joined by Kerry Ritchie, Network Development Officer for the ALLIANCE.  To find out more about the ALLIANCE membership, what they can offer and the benefits go to the website here

As always at UWS we are inspired by the passion to make a difference from the students and lecturers and for our continued working together every year.

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You can read all the wonderful pledges below.

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I pledge to be patient and take the time to listen to the patient and carer.

Kerry Craig

 

I pledge to listen to the people and their stories to help people feel safe and important

 

I pledge to treat and communicate with patients as a person not as on illness. Everyone deserves respect and dignity in all aspects of care.

Lisa Freeborn

 

I pledge to continue showing love warmth and compassion, to always offer help and to make my mum and dad proud.

Kerry Gillespie

 

I pledge to be the best nurse I can be, and make very patient feel comfortable in my care.

Victoria Geddes,

 

I pledge to do what matters to them full fill their needs with happiness

Debble Moffat

 

I pledge to ensure that I and others around me are encouraged to demonstrate compassion and kindness towards individuals experiencing dementia

 

I pledge to stay true to myself allowing me to wholeheartedly help others.

 

I pledge to treat people with respect, love and compassion.

 

My pledge is to listen to those living with dementia and their carers to focus on the little things as well to make their day a little easier.

 

My pledge is to listen to stories and understand the people in my care to give them my time at all times.

Emma Boyle

 

My pledge is to go the extra step whilst providing care to see the big picture, seeing the little thing as well as the big things.

Stacey Clark

 

My pledge is to always listen to my patients stories, getting to know them and their loved ones.

Claire Cram

 

My pledge is to be that nurse that friendly, compassionate, helpful and knowledgeable nurse that makes a difference and is remembered for all the night reason.

Natalie Campbell

 

My pledge is to continue to be caring, compassionate and listen to patient. Always five the best possible care I can give

Marion McKinnon

 

My pledge is to listen and give the best care I can give to my patient by getting to know them what matters most to them?

Susan Johnston.

 

My pledge is to educate and empower people regarding all aspects of health and health promotion, as well as human diversity

Aneta Malysa

 

My pledge is to try my hardest to make time to get to know people and their families. Stop seeing dementia and see the person.

Julie

 

My pledge is to try my best to listen to patients as well as carers need and carer for these needs

Stephanie

 

My pledge is to treat my patients as an individual ensuring they feel valued, respected and have confidence in my ability to make a difference to their lives. Also care for my patient the way I would want my loved ones to be cared for.

Suzanne

 

My pledge is to always listen to cares and my patients, so I can learn from their experiences

 

My pledge is to always care and see the person as a person not a diagnosis.

Donna Blackwoon

 

I pledge to listen and advocate for people, do everything I possibly can to share kindness and compassion to everyone

Kayleigh Johnston.

 

I pledge to really listen to people and do what matters most to them,

Helen Reilly

 

My pledge is always ash!

Danielle

 

My pledge is never to take for granted how much of an impact and influence I can have on someone lives, not only as a nurse bur a human being.

Evan Stewart

 

My pledge is to continue to show care and compassion to all I may have the pleasure of meeting on my nursing journey

Martin Pollock

 

My pledge is to prepare and teach myself to accept the road ahead and to have a better understanding and confidence in coming face to face with dementia.

Mairead Mitchell

 

My pledge is to provide patients, families and carers with the best support and care that they deserve and to continue developing my skills and knowledge to do so

 

My pledge is not to matter how busy I become that I take the time to talk to and listen and learn about who the patient is and who their family is

Laura McGuire

 

My pledge is to always listen, treat the person and not their illness.

 

My pledge is to show kindness, love, compassion, trust, patience, understanding and listen to those I come in contact with and put a smile on their face.

Gertrude

 

My pledge is to treat everyone as I would like me loved ones to be treated and to try my hardest to bring a little sunshine to someone’s dark days.

Clare Armstrong

 

My pledge is to never target people are more than their condition. They have lived and loved.

Tony Mathieson

 

My pledge is to never stop caring

Emma MacNally

 

My pledge is to improve the quality of life of my patients by trying to meet their needs as much as I can. To listen to them and respect them, see them

Justyna Kotylak

 

My pledge is to listen to my patients and understand their needs and life stories.

 

My pledge is to be the nurse that continues to do more thant required and care more than I should

Megan O’Brien

 

My pledge is to always listen and take time to talk to my patients and their family

Aimee Toughill

 

My pledge is to never be too busy to listen

Sarah topping

 

My pledge is to always listen, to keep learning and caring and always treat the person with dignity and respect.

Lee

 

My pledge is to always see beyond the illness and learn about the individual.

Gemma Malone

 

My pledge is to see beyond an illness and treat service users as individuals by providing dignified, respectful and holistic care

Hannah Paterson

 

My pledge is to listen to my patients, really listen. Also find out what they want from the care I give them. I also pledge to inform others of what I have learnt from Tommy and his campaign and continue to be lend to my patients

Fiona Maguire

 

My pledge is to learn about my patients an listen to their stories, wants and needs, to see every one as unique and care for their needs with a kind heart.

Paula Thomson

 

My pledge is to have unconditional positive regard to all individual, and their careers, families I meet and promise to never let their love stories end.

Blaine Andres

 

My pledge is to always keep up to date with all new research and knowledge to be able to help people every day and make their lives better

Lorraine

 

My pledge is to always learn about each person and always respects them

Beth Kelly

 

My pledge is to offer a hand when people stumble on their life journey

Michael Callaghan

 

My pledge is to continue to see the person, not the illness, listen understand and support people in their journey, make them smile and respect them as an individual and always remember why I have chosen this carer, the people!

Rebecca Tannahil

 

My pledge is to take the time to get to know what matters to each individual I care for and their family. I will strive to do the best thing for my patients and be the best nurse I can be

Chryl Fawcett

 

My pledge is to be the happy face that will show your kindness on your hardest days

Joanne Lewis

 

My pledge is to commit myself 100% to caring for others today, tomorrow and the next day, and to spread the word to others about keeping love stories going.

Yvonne Lannigan

 

My pledge is always see the person not the condition and show compassion to patients, carers, relatives and friends.

 

My pledge is to treat every one of my patients with respect and help them feel valued and cared for by nothing the little things count , and to also help their carers.

 

My pledge is to be there for my patients and their carers, not just physically or medically but emotionally. To hold their hand when they are scared.

 

My pledge is to make a difference in the work, not the whole world but hopefully the person I care for ( their world)

 

My pledge to take time to listen and understand what matters do my patients and their carers. Treat with dignity, respect , love and compassion.

Mercy

 

My pledge is to always see people, not a task, to seek out their stones and all that matters to them, to be the kindness, hope and light that need on their journey

 

My pledge is to get to know people’s stories and care for them as the person they are and not as a condition

 

My pledge is to take you by the hand and lead you safely to tomorrow

Karen Graig

 

My pledge is to know everyone I care for, by their name and not their illness and always be kind and caring and make someone smile

Chirstine Batchelor

 

I pledge to get to know the individuals to let them enjoy and keep experiencing what they love to do.

Adrienne Mackle.

 

I pledge to always take the time to listen, support and get to know my patients. People deserve to be known by their name and not their illness

Katie Anderson

 

My pledge is to always introduce myself to whoever I work with. To always listen and try to make each day better than the last one.

Fionea

 

I pledge to take time to get to know the person behind the illness

Sarah Smillie

 

My pledge is always have patience and always love, care and support patients and their families.

Lisa Willians

 

My pledge is to always look past dementia and remember my patient was not always like this, to talk, to listen, to comfort them always when they need it .

Lynn Woodklock

 

My pledge is to treat everyone as a unique individual, to see the person in front of me and not the illness.

Margaret Hardie.

 

My pledge is to always see the person first and not the illness and always to treat every patient as an individual maintaining dignity and respect at all times

Debbie Paterson

 

My pledge is to always see the person not the disease and be kind as that is who I am

Anonymous

 

Ma pledge is to carer for people as individuals learning of their past and catering their needs appropriately, efficiently, getting to know the patient more than the illness.

Lynsey Watson

 

My pledge is to have patience and get to know the person behind the illness

Laura

 

I pledge always treat everyone who crosses my path with the dignity and respect they deserve and challenge power imbalances

Stacy miller

 

My pledge is to always make time for who needs it, listen and be a shoulder in time of need. I also pledge to keep my promises.

Janine Boota.

 

My pledge is to hold my patients hand when in need and to treat each and every patient as I would have my mother and father or grandparents treated.

Danieall Candly

 

I pledge to spend time reminding people how important they are, when they feel like they are nothing, or when they feel lost.

Elizabeth

 

I pledge to encourage and promote who matters to you when assisting with vulnerable people care.

Kimberley Davidson

 

I pledge t always listen tentatively and be a comforting voice when anyone is feeling lost, lonely or scared, never forget too wrapped up in my own life, struggle that I fail to notice someone in need.

Gillian Dobbie

 

I pledge to endeavour to assist people to have more good days than bad, by listening, by showing empathy and by acting to affect change wherever possible.

Gillian

 

My pledge to remember that everyone has a story and needs a helping hand respect everyone individually and always be kind.

Ericka Nurse

 

I pledge to always see the person not the condition.

Colin

 

I pledge to treat patients with dementia with patience, dignity and respect. Remember the life they have lived

Suzanne Spangberg.

 

My pledge is to always give patients and their care given my time, care and love.

Alison Smith

 

My pledge is to listen and never say … that is the person with dementia, find out more about people.

 

My pledge is to treat everyone as if they were my mum or dad.

Louise McDonald

 

I pledge to always care for the person and their carers, and not the illness. To treat people with the dignity and respect that I would want for myself and my family member

Amelia

 

I pledge to learn more about what matters to my patients and listen to what is important for their needs.

Claire Anne Adams.

 

I pledge to will be to provide care and compassion throughout my nursing career, I promise to commit myself to caring for others, listen to what they have to say and always show interest in helping them to live a fulfilled encouraging life. I promise to make a difference with kindness and empathy

Lesley Smith

 

I pledge to be the best nurse I can be and always go out my way to make sure people receive the best care

Emma Thomson

 

I pledge to always listen to the patients I will care for and take their feelings into account at all times.

Megan Cunningham

 

I pledge to always listen and find out our patients stories and be the best nurse I can be

Alisha Tomkins

 

I pledge to always make the time and effort to get to know my patient and their family and carers to fully understand what is important to them to allow normality person centred care.

Emma Brown

 

I pledge to take the time to see people as people first and not as a condition. I should not ….. anyone as a condition or disease

 

I pledge to take the time to learn people’s story and to see them as people. I will treat the person not the illness

Samantha McLaughlin

 

I pledge to see people for who they are and not their medical condition, I will take tie to listen to my patients to have a better understanding of what they want and what is important to them

Louse

 

I pledge to treat people with the care and compassion they dwserve an to treat people with the up most respect and dignity. I want to be the best nurse I cant be.

Ross

 

My pledge is to continue spreading the love and holding hands to make a difference in people lives for the better.

Karen Forsyth

 

My pledge is to always try to look past the illness and get to know the person and their likes and dislikes. Care for the person to the best of my ability.

Marie Guy

 

I pledge is to treat everyone as an individual with a unique past with parson memories and special morals and value. I will always respect these

Emily Noah

 

My pledge is to keep listening keep learning and keep caring and make difference in the life of people that I care or come across

Biji Lukose

 

My pledge is to not consider someone as challenging find out more information about the person

Siobhan Goodfellow

 

My pledge is to support people with dementia and their carers to walk besides them and be part of the journey.

Heather Richmond

 

I pledge to approach people living with dementia with patience and kindness to involve and be considerate of families also.

Susan

 

I pledge to ask what their daily routine would usually be and try to mirror this to keep daily life as normal as possible.

 

My pledge is to always take time to listen to people and have solutions to their concerns

Patrick

 

I pledge to ensure that I make every patient in my care feel safe, no matter how vulnerable they are

Julie Rodger

 

I pledge to always show respect for others and understand that we all have a life story and have the right to be heard. So I will take the time to listen.

Angela

 

I pledge to always uphold and respect a person’s dignity.

Amy McNab.

 

I pledge is to never refer to someone with the illness they have and to care for those people how I would like my loved ones to be cared for.

Jamie

 

I pledge to listen without making judgement and give the best are to the best of my ability.

Ann Marie

 

I pledge to always remember the person not the diagnosis

Laura Davis

 

I pledge to focus on people and their carers, not their illness

Martin Gray

 

I pledge to be the best possible nurse I can be and to look beyond the person diagnosis I will do this by following the 5 “must do with me” Areas. I pledge to look at what/who matters to everyone I work with J I will help love stories continue.

Gerard James

 

I pledge to be the best nurse I can be, to treat everyone as an individual to always listen to the person, try and make a difference.

 

I pledge to place a smile on someone’s face even for a short time!

 

I pledge to have a positive and happy impact on the lives of the vulnerable and their families.

Catriona

 

I pledge to only care for my patients but also their families

Tuth O’Hara

 

I pledge to always have time to listen and be patient

 

I pledge to take time to care for people without influence, stigma or labels from others, to remember relationships and smile/kind word matters

Laura Murray

 

I pledge to listen to care show compassion and always be the best nurse I can be to see the person not the illness, to make a difference

 

I pledge to treat everyone how a family member would like to be treated through chat and simple gestures ( cup of tea, big smile, read a book, sing a song ) remember the person not their condition. To make the person feel important and valued+ that their life matters

Angela Ferguson

 

I pledge to listen take time to find out what matters + who matters to them, I pledge to be there to hold a hand and show compassion.

 

I pledge to always listen and take time with the patients and people I am working with, and to look beyond the condition and see the person.

 

I pledge to be there for someone when they need care, love and hope.

 

I pledge to see the person and not the illness always putting person centred care ate the front line of my priorities.

Rebecca Macdonald

 

My pledge is to make a different by caring with respect and compassion and finding out what matters to those in my care

Elizabeth Barnett

 

My pledge is to always take time to listen my patients and get to know them. Also to hold their hand when they need comfort

Kirsty Bendoris.

 

My pledge is to help people in my care to feel less lonely and use my skills and knowledge to help them through their journey showing love and compassion with such empathy that they will never forget the time I have spent with them

Magdala Jean Pierre

 

I pledge to always take the time to listen to my patients and to ask what matter to them not what’s the matter with

Emma Burgess

 

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Lanarkshire Care Homes pledge to make a difference

With great thanks to Lynn Flannigan @lynnflannigan1, from Lanarkshire Care Home for kindly inviting Tommy to an event arranged on August 30th at Udston Hospital Hamilton, for Care home teams from across Lanarkshire

Tommy was joined at the talk with Cameron from ALISS along with David and Joyce from the Care Inspectorate who shared the different ways people can access support to make a difference.

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The day was very inspiring and Tommy is looking forward to meeting everyone again at future talks across many of the care homes who attended.

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Massive thank you to Lynn Anne and to Anne Stewart for designing the tree:

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You can Read pledges from the day at the link below:

 

I pledge to make a difference and be more supportive- Michelle Harding.

I pledge to reduce isolation, posting postcards to care homes all over the world, finding out resident life stories and what matters to them through postcards exchange-Janine Boyle

I pledge to listen and care for others in our community and try my best to succeed.-Mandy Davidson

I pledge to always try and get to know the person behind the illness-Pauline Wyllie.

 

I pledge to be nice, no matter how stressed or pushed for time I am, or how many others things I need to do I will be nice to that person in front of me who needs my help-Deena Jane Dean

I pledge to take time to get to know a person’s live history to be able to relate to them in a way that means more to them

I pledge to for the care that they receive.

 

I pledge to keep remembering all that’s great about mum.

 

I pledge to actively seek to support carers by providing, listening ear and guidance and support.

 

I pledge to try to improve every day the care I give-Jill

I pledge to always remember the person’s individuality

I pledge to make a difference and be more supporting.

 

I pledge to continue to do my best to support both the people I care for and the other people involve in their care to help make every day a little better.

 

I pledge to care more for the person inside who they are where they came from what they did and put aside the stigma ok

 

I pledge to make the most of every day memories with people that matter

 

I pledge to try and always get to know the person behind the illness-Pauline Wyllie

 I pledge to listen and care for others in our community-Mandy.

I pledge to take time to get to know every service user/ resident life story/history-Kate

I pledge to learn more about the people I work with, involving staff and residents and not judge according to conditions or complaints

 

I pledge to have more one to one time with residents and make it meaningful to them

 

I pledge to see me

 

I pledge to make a difference I will be the person you can learn on.

 

I pledge to try reduce isolation, posting postcards to care homes all over the world, finding out resident life stories and what matters to them-Janina Boyle.

I pledge to always be the person that listens and asks what matters to you

 

I pledge to be a champion for you can make a different what matters to you

 

I pledge to be able to make a difference involving in their feelings whom I care for and I will treat them as my mum and dad.

 

I pledge to ask what matters to you instead of what’s the matter?

 

I pledge to listen with open ears and an open heart.

 

I pledge to make a difference to intermediate care a enablement services to help people live well at home

 

 

 

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Congratulation to all the nominees and winners The Kate Granger awards 2016

We are very proud of the project being nominated for this award. It demonstrates the impact of our You Can Make A Difference campaign, and that no matter what your role is you can help the change the life of someone with dementia, their family, and carer. The work of Tommy has been tireless, engaging with 52,000 people over the course of 480 talks.

ALLIANCE Director Irene Oldfather said

The Kate Granger #hellomynameis campaign has touched hearts and minds, and changed clinical practice across the UK. To know that our Dementia Carer Voices engagement lead Tommy Whitelaw has been shortlisted for such a prestigious and compassionate award is in some ways not surprising given Tommy’s poignant story of caring for his mum Joan and his outreach across the UK. But I think we all feel moved to know that Tommy was selected by Kate herself in her last days. It is fitting given Tommy’s story, which is about love, care and compassion. The ALLIANCE is proud that work which tells the story of people themselves has been recognised in this way. Congratulations to Tommy and all the finalists.”

 

Speaking about the event, Tommy said

I am now home from a very emotional day at the Kate Granger awards . I was  so  very honoured to be a shortlisted as a finalist.

I would like to extend my congratulations  to all the Nominees and Winners.

Thank you for such a brilliant day and for the warmth, kindness, and inspiration from all I met on the day.

Tommy

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Take part in the RCN’s twitter chat!

#RCNchat

Tuesday 27th September, 7-8

 

Dementia – skilling nursing staff for the future

Many of us will know someone living with dementia, or may well be living with dementia ourselves. It’s a condition that predominately occurs later life, and is more common as we all live longer.

 

With more than 1 million people expected to be living with dementia in the UK by 2020, how do we ensure nurses have the skills to provide them with support and care they will need?

Nursing staff currently play a crucial role in providing support to those living with dementia and their carers, both in community and in hospital settings. But many nurses believe their role in dementia will only grow.

In a recent RCN survey, 45% of nurses thought that dementia would prove the biggest health issue of the future. 84% said that they are already seeing their workload affected by the ageing population.

Although nursing staff strive to provide the best care, too often people living with dementia can end up in hospital wards which are not appropriately adapted to meet their needs.

The RCN is piloting a scheme with independent care homes to help make them more ‘dementia friendly’ and has previously introduced five principles in acute care for improving the quality of care for people with dementia and enabling the best possible support for their carers.

At RCN Congress in June, members highlighted several issues of concern about dementia care, including a lack of awareness and resources, and a feeling that care was not of a consistently high standard.

Our  Project Engagement Lead Tommy Whitelaw, spoke at the RCN congress in June about his experiences of caring for his mum Joan. He spoke movingly about the need to champion person-centered care, and to look beyond a person’s diagnosis to engage with them as an individual.

This chat will discuss how we can skill nursing staff with the right tools, using the experiences of people living with dementia and their carers to improve dementia care in the future

Joining the chat

  • @Profleadolder – Dawne Garrett, Professional Lead for Care of Older People and Dementia
  • @RCNOPF – RCN’s older people forum
  • @TommyNTour
  • @DementiaCarerVo

To take part, log on to twitter and use #RCNchat

Tuesday 27th September, 7-8pm 

Find out more information on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/145944742519185/

You can also find out more about Project Engagement Lead Tommy Whitelaw’s keynote address given to congress in June, and read the pledges made by delegates on the day here.

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