Dementia Carer Voices Talking Integration and Transformation at the NHS Conference

The annual NHS Scotland conference is taking place next week, and the Dementia Carer Voices team will be out in force to listen to and promote your voice. NHS Scot Our Director Irene Oldfather will be chairing a session with Jim Pearson from Alzheimer Scotland called “What does integration mean for people living with dementia?” This session provides delegates with an opportunity to learn directly from people living with dementia and from carers about what is important to them in maintaining a good quality of life at home; and how integration can help improve their experience of care and support, and its measurement. Delegates will hear about the latest developments around person-centred indicators of quality of care for people with dementia and their carers. This will be followed by facilitated group discussions in which past and current experiences of people with dementia and carers of people with dementia will be shared, including by our very own Tommy Whitelaw who is a key contributor in the session. Tommy and fellow carers will be encouraged to share their expectations and hopes about the benefits integration will bring in the quality of home-based care and support. Discussions will be captured and learning from the group sessions can help inform future commissioning, service design and service delivery decisions. Tommy will also be ‘on the couch’ at the conference during lunchtime at the event on 24 June between 12.40 – 13.30.  He’ll be talking about his own experiences of caring for his mum Joan, sharing information about the project and what people living with dementia and their families and carers have told us. He will also be taking questions (and pledges!) so if you’re heading to the conference, please do come along to the couch for a chat about the love stories of caring and the Make a Difference pledge campaign. The couch area will be at the Integration Hub – you’ll find it here: On the Couch   Looking forward to seeing you! Team DCV

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