Thank you to Chris Burton from Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and Brendan Brown, Chief Nurse at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust for inviting Tommy to speak at the Trusts Compassionate Care in Practice conference on 18 September.
Chris heard Tommy speak at the RCN Congress in Glasgow and was keen to bring Tommy to the Trust to speak and meet with staff. After taking the idea to Brendan (who Tommy helped launch a Dementia Strategy a few years back at another Trust) a conference was born and put together In partnership with the Trust and RCN.
The day was truly inspirational hearing from teams across the Trust and work that they do including how the Framework for Nursing Midwifery and Care Staff was used in their work across the Trust. It was great to see the apple tree Chris will be planting in the hospital gardens. They have named it, the apple tree of kindness. Once in fruit staff can pick the apples and share with colleagues who have inspired them or others, and share great practice. What a truly wonderful idea our hearts are smiling.
Tommy shared our Make a difference campaign and work with the NHS England Framework
The Trust also Launched a #lead2add #makeadifference pledge tree and we are really grateful and looking forward to returning to take launch more pledge trees across the Trust with a series of talks.
There are so many people to thank for putting this day together from the Trust, Brendan Brown, Chief Nurse, Owen Jones, CEO, Andrew Haugh, Chair, Steph Jones and Chris Burton from the RCN. Roger Cowell, Chair, Sue Panther and Catherine Woods to name a few.
We are so excited to be returning to give more talks, meet more amazing people and launch more pledge trees.
Thank you to all at the trust and RCN from all the team at DCV for the most wonderful day.