District Nurses Keele University and visit to Combined NHS Trust

Big thanks to Julie Green, Lecturer in Nursing at Keele University for Inviting Tommy to speak with Specialist District Nurses at Keele University.

Tommy was proud to speak for Julie last year at over 4 talks a partnership with the University and North Staffordshire Combined NHS Trust arranged by Julie and Colin Burgess.

On arrival Colin took Tommy to the trust to meet with great friends Maria Nelligan, Director of Nursing , Julie Anne Murray and the wonderful staff at the Trust to chat about the inspirational work they are doing with pledges and pledge trees launched earlier this year at the Trusts Annual Conference.

Tommy and Colin then went on a brief visit to Norths Staffordshire Combined Healthcare (NHS) Trust.  The areas they visited were Older Person Outreach Team.  Wards 5,6 & 7 who are based at The Harplands Hospital in Stoke-on-Trent  they all form part of the NOAP  (Neuropsychiatry and Older Age Persons) services.   The teams have been inspired to develop the pledge trees that were launched at the nursing conference in May.

We were accompanied by Julie-Anne Murray,  (Head of Nursing and Quality) And Maria Nelligan  (Director of Nursing & Quality) with Tommy sharing our make a difference campaign and the framework for Nursing Midwifery and Care staff and Colin shared the wonderful work the trust has been doing  turning pledges into actions.

Thank you to everyone for a truly wonderful day of people, passion, care and pledges.

You can read the Inspirational pledges from the Specialist District Nurses made on the day below.

 

My pledge is to always show care and compassion to people as I would if caring for one of my family members – person centred care.
Alison Cartudge – SSOTP

 

I pledge to make a difference to everyone that I meet, encourage and support people to feel good about themselves. And to make time for everyone.
Tracy Chatfield – Senior Staff Nurse

 

I pledge to continue to provide exceptional person-based care, incorporating the most significant needs of the patient.
Steven Sharp – Specialist Practice Student – RGN

 

I pledge to continue to make every visit count and make a difference to someone every day.
Julie Checkley – Community Nurse

 

My pledge is to always listen to what matters.
Sarah Gozzard – SSOTP

 

I pledge to always speak up for those that cannot speak.
Carolyn Fleurat – Specialist Practice Student – SSOTP

 

I pledge to always remember that there exists a “person” with a history, family, feelings, not just a patient on a list of many other patients.
Kate Simkin – District Nurse – SSOTP

 

I pledge to find out whom and what matters to every distressed and fearful patient whose care I am involved in.
Joseph Chiri – Student

 

I pledge to continue to care for my patients and to make each and every one of them feel as though they are the only patient I have.
Sarah McDonald – Community Staff Nurse

 

My pledge is to remember that each patient is a person – to ask one thing about them we do not know and to build a relationship.
Clare Lockley – Specialist Practice Nurse

 

I pledge to make time every day to listen properly – to take in what they have said and help in any way that I can.
Lyndsay Birks – SPQ Student

 

I pledge to listen, take time, appreciate people and their lives. I pledge to make a difference.
Angela Clay – Specialist Practice Student – District Nursing

 

 

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UK Lead Speaking at Carers Consultation Conference in Blantyre

Dementia Carer Voices UK Lead, Tommy Whitelaw, has been invited to give the guest address at this year’s Carers Consultation Event at the Blantyre Miners Welfare Concert Hall in Blantyre.

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This upcoming Wednesday 18 October, Tommy will be speaking alongside Val De Souza, Director for the South Lanarkshire Health & Social Care Partnership and Claire Cairns, Network Coordinator from the Coalition of Carers.

Tommy will be speaking to a hall full of carers about the work of the Dementia Carer Voices Project, the pledges we have received and his own experience as a carer. Dementia Carer Voices will be joined at the event by our colleague Rhona Millar, Events, Communications and Academy Co-ordinator at the ALLIANCE. She will have a stand at the conference showcasing the work of the ALLIANCE and taking our key messages out to the attendees.

 

Please see below for full details of the conference:

09.45am 

  • Registration / Refreshments

10.00am 

  • Apologies,
  • Minutes of Last Meeting,
  • Matters Arising, Vice Chair Report,
  • Announcements,
  • Finance Report
  • Appointment of Accountant
  • Interim Chair – Election of Directors (Kaye Harmon, South Lanarkshire Council)
  • AOCB
  • Close AGM

10.45am      

  • Speaker – Tommy Whitelaw, UK Lead, Dementia Carers Voices, ALLIANCE Scotland.
  • Speaker – Claire Cairns, Network Coordinator – Coalition of Carers, Discussing the changes to the Welfare System.

   12.30pm     

  • Hot Buffet Lunch

Should you have any questions regarding the conference please contact dementiacarervoices@alliance-scotland.org.uk.

 

 

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UWS, Paisley Campus – 2nd Year Nursing Students Pledge

Thank you to Gillian Gamble , Lecturer at The University West of Scotland (UWS) Paisley Campus for inviting us to speak with 2nd Year Nursing Students as part of the Care of Vulnerable Adults Module.

Great thanks also to Senior Lecturer, Dr Susan McDonald for meeting us and looking after us with a great conversation over lunch.

You can read about and wonderful pledges from our previous visits to the Paisley Campus back in 2015 and 2017

This year Tommy and Laura were so very honoured to be  joined by Professor Fiona McQueen, Chief Nursing Officer for Scotland.

Fiona inspired our Future Nurses with a brilliant session sharing the 2030 Nursing Vision along some personal reflections and a great questions and answer session.

We are so very honoured to to continue our great relationship working with the University and we are inspired once again by the students we met and the most wonderful pledges below.

A massive thank you to all from Tommy, Laura and all at Dementia Carer Voices for another great day with UWS and the students .

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I pledge to treat each person as an individual, to take the time to listen and to always make a difference to their day no matter how small.

 

I pledge to always make time for service users and service users family. I pledge to see the person first and not the condition.

 

I pledge to find out what matters to the people I care for.

 

 

I pledge to always get to know the person behind the dementia. To never view someone as their illness. To treat every individual in the way I would my own family.
Lindsey Kyle – Student Nurse – University of the West of Scotland

 

I want to be the kind of nurse that always makes a positive difference to my patients and their families during their most vulnerable times in life.

 

I pledge to take time no matter how busy my day is to get to know more about my patients.

 

I pledge to ask patients what matters to them, to learn a bit more about their life.

 

I pledge to see past the diagnosis and see the person.
Laura McCluskey – Student Nurse UWS

 

I pledge to be a kind and caring nurse and make every person feel safe and looked after. One thing you would change: More staff.

 

I pledge to acknowledge my use of language and others. To educate others that it’s not okay to refer to someone as “challenging”. Putting their condition first is not right this is a person what matters to them is important.

 

I pledge to give each patient time. Time is a healer and if you don`t give your patient time then they can`t heal.

 

I will be the best nurse I can be and be there for people whenever they need me.

 

My pledge is to listen to patients treat them as individuals. Take time to give them the best possible nursing care I can.

 

I pledge to be a best nurse. I try to listen people and understand they needs and do what they want what others want. Treat people life a part of my family member.

 

I pledge to always smile and stop and listen to not be pressured from others about workload and paper work. To be there firstly for patient.

 

My pledge is to be kind and keep trying for “you”.

 

I pledge to be the best nurse I can be. Provide the best care I can.
Vikki Petkova – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to be empathic kind and a helping hand to those in need but most important a friend.

 

I pledge to take care of patients diagnosed with dementia using person centred approach make a difference in their lives by listening and using good interpersonal skills as a nurse. Be there and listen, smile and let them know that someone cares.

 

I pledge to continue to give person centred care for people with dementia and those that are caring, for those affected. Seeing beyond the condition and see those affected as individuals and not the condition.

 

I will always give my all when providing care for my patients, whether that caring for the persons physical, emotional, social or spiritual needs.

 

I pledge to ensure I put a smile on every single one of the patients I look after. Sometimes happiness is the best medicine.
Shannon Reynolds – Student Nurse UWS Paisley

 

I pledge to see the beautiful individual, not just the illness, and to always be respectful and compassionate in working with people and their families, always wanting to know what matters to them.

 

I pledge to make every patient feel the genuine care that I have for them.

 

I pledge to do more than your “supposed” to do. Care more than your “supposed” to care. Be more than your “supposed” to be.

 

I pledge to always be a rainbow on someone else`s cloud.

 

I will connect with the person behind the illness and try my best to ease their pain/worries, aswell as their family and friends.

 

I pledge to dedicate my time to getting to know all of the people I meet in my career and to be honest, letting others get to know me as a person not just a number.
Liam Wallace – Student Nurse UWS

 

I pledge to see the person, their story, their life and their family not their condition.

 

I pledge to try and get to know every person I care for, even if they find it hard to tell me.

 

I pledge to try my best to always try to think of life through my parent’s eyes.
Taylor Bird – Student Nurse UWS Paisley

 

I pledge to help make a difference. To care for my patients with dignity and respect.
Rebecca Ralston – Student Nurse and Care Assistant

 

I pledge to be a great nurse, look after my patients with care, respect and professionalism. I like making people smile and laugh. Makes the day more enjoyable.
Shannon Rennie – Student Nurse and Care Assistant (Part time)

 

My pledge is to be there, listen to, support, care for, nurse back to good health to someone at their mist vulnerable time if their life.

 

I pledge to see every patient as a person and not an illness. Treat them how I would want myself to be treated, with dignity and respect.
Leona Stewart – Student Nurse and Carer

 

My pledge is to be a good caring nurse and provide holistic care for my patients, I will ask them about their problem and take time to listen to them and support them to feel better.

 

I pledge to see the person not their medical condition. Not call someone challenging or “the we woman with dementia”
Cheryl Hurrell – Student Nurse Mental Health Nurse

 

I pledge to give everything I can to provide the best care possible and to make a difference in people’s lives.

 

I pledge to find out about the history of the person I am caring for. What and who matters to them.

 

I pledge to be a great nurse. To treat each person as an individual. To be there for the person and their families. Be a support and a friend.
Sarah Louise Brown – Second Year Student Nurse UWS

 

I pledge to treat patients as people (by their name) and give the best individual care possible.
Robyn Stewart – Student Nurse and HCSW

 

I pledge to treat people with dignity and respect and see the person not the illness.

 

I pledge to treat people, how I would want to be treated and how I would want my family and friends to be cared for.
Lynsey Kerrigan – Student Nurse

 

I pledge I have a different outlook on dementia patients and see the person as they are. Also, to realise they are scared of what is happening.
Karen McCuaig – Student Nurse at UWS Paisley

 

I pledge to ensure the person is not lost in the illness.

 

I pledge to take time to listen to the patients. What they want. What is important to them.

 

My pledge is to be a nurse who focuses on person centred care.

 

My pledge is to be a more person-centred nurse and treat everyone as an individual.

 

My pledge is to always take into account a person’s past. Who they are what they liked etc.
Valerie Cairney – Student Nurse

 

I would like to be the best nurse I can possibly be with compassion and love for every single individual.

 

I pledge to always remember the person as an individual, with compassion (and not the disease) not be defined by illness.
Wendy MacFarlane – UWS BSc Adult Nursing Student

 

I pledge to remember that each patient is unique and beautiful to someone, give them the time and care that they deserve.
Aislingeh Harper – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to always treat people as individuals and encourage my colleagues to do the same.
Jennifer Dundas – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to always find time to interact with those coming into my care on both a professional and person level.
Richard Myczko – Year 2 Adult Student Nurse

 

I pledge to be there for people and try to help them in any way I can.
Shannon Black – Student Nurse, UWS Paisley

 

I pledge to be able to help people in any way possible.

 

I pledge to continue making a difference to different patients/service users that I come across in my career life, no matter what I come across i.e. in terms of barriers at work.
Jackie Mwangi – Student Nurse/Carer/Support Worker

 

My pledge is to always see the patient first, to forget who I am to find out who they are and how I can help.
George Glen – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to always remember my gran for who she was and for her story not for what the dementia defined her as. I pledge to always find out who the individual is and not the way the dementia has made them.

 

My pledge is to make more time to understand the person who is under my care that has dementia and to treat them for the person that they are and not for their condition.
Lauren Blair – Student Nurse UWS

 

My pledge is no matter how bust I am I will always make time for my patients. They are someone’s loved one, I will treat them like my loved one.
Megan Haddock – Student Mental Health Nursing UWS

 

My pledge is to always see the person I am working with first and to always ask what is important to them.
Lorne Mullen – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to call “patients” by their name and not bed 1a etc.
Elaine Mulvey – Student Nurse Adult Nursing Year 2

 

I pledge to always treat the person as the person they are and not their disease. Always make them feel that they can approach me and I am there.
Michelle Sharkey – Student Nurse UWS

 

I will always remember the person behind the illness.

 

I pledge to always consider an individual’s past life, their like and dislikes and personal wishes when providing care.

 

 

My pledge is to always smile, listen to what matters to the patient and to take time to chat with them. And always remember “Your one person to the world, but to one person you are their world”
Alicia Sassarini – Student Nurse

 

My pledge is to treat every single person with respect always.
Laura – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to make a difference in individuals life and show them support and compassion.
Stephanie Stuart – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to make a difference to people’s life and always help where I can.
Aimee Montgomery – Student Nurse

 

I pledge that during contact with every person. I’ll try to take a moment to think about who they are, what’s important to them and what I can do to help in a way that makes them feel as comfortable as possible. Kevin Boyle – Student UWS Paisley

 

I pledge to take time to get to know my patients as well as I would know my friends and family. To know what matters to them and who matters to them.
Aimee Hamilton – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to be the best nurse that I can be and see the person as more than just a patient. Who matters to you and what matters to you will be my focus when caring for them. Caitlin Boyle – UWS Paisley Campus

 

I pledge to be kind to everyone, hear their stories and spread positivity.
Erin Cassidy – Student UWS

 

I pledge to always listen to always see to always act. I pledge to love and care in my role and be their voice when they have none. I pledge to be there. I pledge to always listen. I pledge to always see. I pledge to always see the person in front of me. I will always help and support. And be there when you need me. Debbie Activities and Events Coordinator – End of Life Lead.

 

 

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York Teaching Hospital Conference Delegates Pledge to Make a Difference

Thanks to Becky Hoskins, Assistant Director of Nursing, Beverly Geary, Chief Nurse, Patrick Crowley and colleagues at York Teaching Hospital NHS Trust for inviting our UK Lead, Tommy to speak at their Nursing and Midwifery conference on 3 October.

The theme of the conference was #caringwithpride along with the launch of the trusts new strategy.

We were honoured to be invited to take part and share our make a difference campaign and work with the framework for nursing midwifery and care staff.

Tommy was joined by Stacey McCann, Head of Nursing and Strategy and Kate Taylor, LCAV Project Lead for NHS England who shared the framework with delegates who attended.


We are really looking forward to returning to the trust for a series of talks and to help launch pledge trees.

Thank you for a wonderful conference and for the pledges below staff shared with Tommy on the day .

 

 

 

 

 

I pledge to spend more time “listening” to my mother and other residents in the care home (dementia).
Liz Ross – Head of Midwifery York

 

I pledge to not walk on by and condone something that doesn’t feel right.
Nichola Greenwood – Nursing Workforce Projects Manager

 

I pledge not to give up when I feel like giving up.
Helen Snowdon – Trainee Nursing Associate

 

I pledge to champion the work of Dementia Carer Voices in every area of our organisation.
Chief Nurse York Teaching Hospital

 

My pledge is to never forget the person behind the dementia.
Susan Jackson – Labour Ward Manager – York Trust

 

I pledge to listen to everyone’s story.
Hanna Harness – Midwife York

 

I pledge to carry love and kindness in my heart and never let this be compromised by external factors.
Cally Goodwin – Trainee Nursing Associate.

 

I pledge to listen more and challenge the language used to “describe” our patients.
Kelly Tuck – Stoke CNS

 

I pledge to spend more time getting to know all of my patients.
Bethany Frees – Staff Nurse

 

I pledge to recognise each patient for who they truly are and to remember the feelings of their family/loved ones.
Estelle Thompson – HCA SGH (York Trust)

 

I pledge to allow extra time to listen and learn 1 interesting fact about my patients.
Chloe Mason – Staff Nurse (Scarbough Hospital)

 

I pledge to take the time to listen to patients and families and pass all the knowledge I have about the individual to everyone who cares for them alongside me.
Vanessa Cole – HCA York Trust

 

I pledge to always ask what matters to my patient and cares and spread what I have learnt today with my word.
Caroline Noble – Deputy Sister York Hospital

 

I pledge to always read beyond the lines when a patient with dementia tells me they are okay because I can help them no matter how small.
Courtney Swan – Staff Nurse

 

I pledge to care for patients the way I would want my dad cared for and their relatives.

 

I pledge to find out about what it is that make each individual child happy and endeavour to provide this by whatever means possible.
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I pledge to never lose sight of the person I care for. Patients are people first.
Linda Dennis – Junior Sister

 

I pledge to take more time to listen to people and find time to talk about what they like.
Elizabeth Mathew – Sister

 

I pledge to treat everybody I cross paths with, with the care and compassion I would expect myself.
Claire Donley – Trainee Nursing Associate York Trust

 

I pledge to ask patients coming for their chemotherapy pre- assessment/ info session. “What matters to them”. Make it individual and patient centred really learn who the patient is.
Lizzie Walker – Lead Chemo Nurse

 

I pledge to transfer the pelage to my place of work in cancer care, and make sure I find out what matters most t people facing life treating illness and death.
Cheryl Midgley – Chemotherapy Sister

 

I pledge to find out someone’s story and help give them a happy ending.
Jasmin Richardson – Generic Support Worker

 

I will always remember the person and keep reminding others to do so.

 

I pledge to come home every day thinking and knowing I did the best job I could.
Rebecca Sanderson – Trainee Nursing Associate, York Teaching Trust

 

Professional pledge – To empower patients and families to remember who they are. Personal pledge – To empower my Grandad to be the man he always has been (my hero).
Lauren Blanchard – Trainee Nursing Associate

 

I pledge to always ask people/patients what they prefer to be addressed as, whether that is first name or Mr/Mrs.
Cassie Halpin – Staff Nurse, York NHS Scarborough

 

Build supporting patients with dementia to help with medicines compliance into my preceptorship training.
Jennie Booth – Lead Nurse Medicines Management/York

 

I pledge to take time to find out about my patient and their families/relatives even during busy/unpredictable day, ensuring they feel valued, cared for and safe.
Abigail Kennedy – Deputy Sister/Maple Ward

 

My pledge is to make a difference to terminology used towards these people within teams in our trust.
Pauline Guyan – Matron – York Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

 

I pledge to ensure all teams start to make pledge about how they are going to ask patients what matters to you and who matters to you.
Emma George – Assistant director of nursing

 

I pledge to encourage my team to use the ALL about me documents.
Cath Carter – Senior Sister

 

I pledge to support student nurse to take time to find out about their patient and their carers.
Amanda Hollrocks – Practice Education Team Lead

 

I pledge to engrain the practice in my team’s daily work of asking what matters to you and listening/responding to the answers.
Carey Trenchard – Community Team Leader York Trust

 

As a manager I don’t spend as much time with patients as I did as a front-line clinician. My pledge is to spend more time talking to patents on my ward about what matters to them.
Sarah King – Operational Manager, Community Nursing

 

I pledge to make a difference, help to understand my patient and their needs.
Amanda Cussans – Trainee Nursing Associate, York

 

I pledge to make our ward more dementia friendly by making a box of various items that could be used for distraction/occupying. Invite cares to put items in.
Rachel Allan – Sister, ward 28 York Hospital

 

I want to be that district nurse, I want to make a positive difference to my patients, just like your District Nurse did.
Samantha Williams – Trainee Nurse Associate, York Trust

 

I pledge to keep on chatting, asking questions and finding out what I can do to make a difference to the life if my patients.
Debbie Clark – HCA York Hospital ward 26

 

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UK Lead, Tommy Whitelaw, to address Glasgow Clyde College Graduation and Awards Ceremony

Dementia Carer Voices is honoured that UK Lead, Tommy Whitelaw, has been invited to give an address at the Glasgow Clyde College Graduation and Awards Ceremony to celebrate the success of their Higher National students. Tommy has previously spoken at the college’s Cardonald Campus and Dementia Carer Voices launched the Pollok Pledge at the College with local MSP Humza Yousaf last year.

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The College is holding three ceremonies on Saturday 4 November to accommodate all the students eligible to graduate from the College. The morning ceremony, at which Tommy will be speaking, will see around 210 students graduate, with around 700 friends and family in attendance. Also in attendance are College staff, Board members and other stakeholders.

The Higher National students in this ceremony are from the Faculty of Access and Continuing Learning and from the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing. Graduating students have studied with Glasgow Clyde College full-time, part-time and through work-based learning and awarding courses include Social Sciences, Early Education and Childcare and Social Care.

Some of the graduands will progress on to University degree courses and others will either have gained employment or are looking for employment.

The key theme of the graduation is celebrating success, achievement, hard work and commitment, of not just the students but their families and friends. We want to send them out in to the world to “make a change” for the better. If the Tommy can use his 10 minutes to help motivate the graduands to take a “can do” approach to life, to their capacity to “make change happen” for the better and to be ambassadors for the College, Glasgow and Scotland as they embark on the next stage of their journey.

ALLIANCE Director, Irene Oldfather said,

“It is fantastic that Dementia Carer Voices has been invited back to Glasgow Clyde College to celebrate their graduating students.  We are delighted to have engaged with students at the college before and are confident that they will take the key messages from the Dementia Carer Voices presentations out into the caring profession.”

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UK Lead, Tommy Whitelaw said,

“I am honoured to be invited to give a presentation at this graduation ceremony. It will be a wonderful experience to celebrate the success of these students, and I wish them luck as they go out into an essential profession”

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For information about the graduation ceremony please contact Heather Holmes on 0141 272 3784 at the College.

 

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Dementia Carer Voices September – October 2017 Newsletter

Dementia Carer Voices has received 15,000 pledges!

The Dementia Carer Voices team would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has made a pledge as part of the ‘You Can Make a Difference’ campaign and we are absolutely delighted to have received 15,000 pledges! It was great that this coincides with World Alzheimer’s Month.

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This is a wonderful milestone to reach and would not be possible without the commitment and passion of everyone who attends our talks, reads about our campaign and pledges to make a difference to the lives of people living with dementia and their carers.

The team have been taking the ‘You Can Make a Difference’ campaign to 650 talks to date, reaching over 85,000 staff and students throughout the UK to highlight that no matter what their role, everyone working in Health and Social Care Services has the potential to transform the lives and experiences of people with dementia and their carers, often in seemingly small ways. 

You can read all the 15,000 pledges on our master pledge page and see our ‘You Can Make a Difference’ case studies.

 

UK Project Lead, Tommy Whitelaw speaks at Northern Irish Assembly

Dementia carer Voices UK Project Lead, Tommy Whitelaw, spoke at the Northern Irish Assembly in Stormont, Belfast on the 13th September. He gave a presentation at the ‘Caring for Carers’ conference, which was organised by the Patient and Client Council and the Health and Social Care Trusts of Northern Ireland. Tommy spoke to an audience of assembly members, carers of people with dementia and people from the Northern Irish Third Sector about challenges faced by carers in Northern Ireland and across the UK, in the context of an aging population and financial challenges.

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Make a Difference talks across Universities and Colleges – the class of 2017

Dementia Carer Voices has embarked on a series of presentations and events engaging with first year health and social care students across Scotland’s universities and colleges.

UK Project Lead, Tommy Whitelaw, has spoken at UWS Ayr and Hamilton, Stirling University and West Lothian College so far this term and will engage with students at Robert Gordon University, Napier, City College Glasgow and many more during this autumn. See the full list of presentations and events on the DCV blog.

Tommy has been joined at several of the talks by the Chief Nursing Officer for Scotland, Fiona McQueen and Shaun Maher, Strategic Advisor for Improvement and Person-Centred Care at the Scottish Government to share the key messages from the CNO and Scottish Government alongside DCV.

 

Director Irene Oldfather raises World Alzheimer’s Day in speech in Brussels

On World Alzheimer’s Day, Irene Oldfather, Director of the Health and Social Care Alliance (the ALLIANCE), raised the importance of working across borders to share good practice in ensuring quality services and sharing research evidence for people with dementia.

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Speaking at the Plenary session of the European Economic and Social Committee (the EESC) in Brussel, Irene Oldfather said:

“As we consider how Europe connects to marginalised people it would be remiss of us not to recognise the opportunity that World Alzheimer’s Day provides to acknowledge that over six million of Europe’s citizens live every day with dementia. They deserve and expect us to work together, across boundaries to ensure that their voice is heard loud and clear.”

 

Healthcare Improvement Scotland launch Pledge Trees

The DCV team visited our colleagues at Healthcare Improvement Scotland’s Edinburgh and Glasgow branches on the 8th September. The Focus on Dementia team launched a pledge tree in the staff rooms for people to make pledges to make a difference.

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Tommy`s presentation focused on the pledges, the tools being used in Scotland, the new publication and reflected on Healthcare Improvement Scotland`s values, which are:

  • Care and compassion;
  • Dignity and respect;
  • Openness, honesty and responsibility;
  • Quality and teamwork.

Thank you to the Focus on Dementia Team and the wider Healthcare Improvement Scotland colleagues for their support. Dementia Carer Voices looks forward to watching the pledge trees grow.

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DCV invited to join GFT Movie Memories Steering Group

Dementia Carer Voices Director, Irene Oldfather and UK Lead, Tommy Whitelaw have been invited to join the GFT Movie Memories Steering Group. The first meeting took place in the beginning of October and the Steering Group will meet three times a year thereafter.

Many people with a diagnosis of dementia fear that they will no longer be socially welcome, and stop taking part in activities they enjoy. The Movie Memories programme looks to address this with inclusive and friendly screenings, dementia friendly venue and dementia aware staff and volunteers. People living with dementia will also play a central role in how the project develops. Movie Memories will present classic and contemporary film screenings alongside a programme of multi-arts entertainment based at GFT, with events planned for select other venues.

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The Movie Memories programme will launch with a special screening of the 1949 Ealing classic Whisky Galore! at GFT on Thursday 19 October in partnership with Luminate, Scotland’s creative ageing festival.

 

Dementia Carer Voices Western Isles Tour Day 6 – back to visit

UK Project Lead, Tommy Whitelaw was invited by NHS Western Isles to give two talks at Stornoway Hospital. This is part of our development and partnership work with Chief Nursing Office Directorate work.

Back in June Tommy toured the Western Isles for five days. On 30th August he had another brilliant day at the two talks. It was a great honour to meet a wide variety of people playing a part in the hospital and seeing their Pledge Tree grow.

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Dementia Care Voices looks forward to returning this December or early January next year for more talks and meeting more remarkable people who make a difference every day.

 

Dementia Carers Voices Launches Make a Difference across Jersey

Dementia Carer Voices UK Project Lead, Tommy Whitelaw held a series of talks and events in Jersey on the 19 – 22 September to launch our #makeadifference Pledge work on the island. Among many other talks and events, Tommy spoke at the Jersey Alzheimer’s Association and Royal College of Nursing’s (RCN) conference on dementia on Thursday 21 September – “Aspiring to Excellence in Jersey”.

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Tommy was honoured to be invited to give the keynote address at this conference. The talks are aimed at raising awareness for people with dementia and their carers. The tour programme highlighted the role of carers as experts and how they should be recognised for the value that they bring to the life of their loved ones and society.

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A big thanks to Tommy’s Aunty Margaret Gormal, Sarah, Elaine, family and friends for their kind donation to Dementia Carer Voices in memory of Tommy’s uncle Joe.

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We are very grateful for this kind donation!

 

 

News in brief

September has been a busy month for the DCV Team, so we have put together a wee news in brief section covering other news stories. Please click on the links below for more information on each of the stories.

 

If you would like any more information on any of these stories please contact dementiacarervoices@alliance-scotland.org.uk

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Kings College London – 2nd Year Nursing Students #lead2add Pledges

The team would like to thank Henrieta Mulnier, Senior Lecturer for the invitation to visit King’s College London to meet and speak with 2nd year Nursing Students and for looking after us so well.

Tommy was proud to speak to 2nd year Nursing Students a year ago this week

Tommy was joined by Susan Aitkenhead, Director of Nursing Professional Development at NHS England and Kate Lievesley, Project Delivery Manager on the Framework for Nursing Midwifery and Care Staff.

Susan gave a brilliant talk on using the framework to help turn pledges into purposeful actions, supporting and inspiring our future nurses and leaders.

A massive thank you to Henrieta, Susan, Kate and the truly inspirational 2nd year Nurses.  We look forward to returning very soon, in the meantime read the wonderful pledges made on the day.

Thank you from all the team at DCV

I pledge to always find out what matters and who matters to the people I work with and care for. . Meshikah Kaiendran – Nuring Student

 

I pledge to make a difference, to love, listen and laugh with patients and their families and friends. To help raise awareness and bridge care and equality.
Nina Carter – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to make time for the little things that make a big difference.
Sam Willcot – Student Nurse

 

My pledge is to find at least one thing about all my patients that makes them who they are as a person.

 

I pledge to ensure every patient is seen and heard for them as a person. I also pledge to ensure every patient I care for is cared for as I would care for my family with respect, dignity and compassion.
Luke Theophilus – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to listen more and improve my communication skills to individuals with dementia.
Abbie – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to always get to know the person and understand them not just their condition.
Shari Mejorada – Student Nurse

 

My pledge is to always look beyond the condition.
Andrea Nogueiro – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to find time to listen and hear the patients as well as their families/carers
M Mendosa – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to continue to work towards making a difference in dementia and palliative care.
Cynthia Fasuyi – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to take the time to stop and listen.
Emmeline Martin – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to speak up for those who need me. To be there to support them and let them know that they are not alone.
Sophia Totten – Student Nurse

 

My pledge is to find of what matters to the person I am caring for and help them with what matters. I want to understand care from their point of view.
Tabitha Sisman – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to make sure I know what makes my patient my patient – to know what matters to them and who they love.
Grace Pinn – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to view each patient as an individual, to take time to listen to their stories and find out what really matters to them.
Mia Kavkolahti – Student Nurse

 

My pledge is to ask what matters to the patient on that particular shift.
Temi – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to prioritise the patient’s family just as much as I do the patient.
Rachel Morgan – Student Nurse

 

I pledge not to define an individual by their condition.
Chloe Malcler – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to say ‘no’ to care that doesn’t see the heart of the patient and not just their condition.
Nicola Watt – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to treat every person who I care for in my nursing career in the same way that I have cared for my Grandma who has dementia. Making the little things matter.
Georgina Jackman – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to treat, care for, respect and love every person the same way I would my nan and remember that everyone has a life story and loved ones and that is all that matters.
May Rowland-Pomp – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to always do my best to provide the most personal, compassionate and safe care, to look after the person and not their condition.
Ellie Dallen-Fermner – Student Nurse

 

My pledge is to always provide holistic care for whoever I look after.
Edith Melo

 

I pledge to try harder in my studies and I am working to become a better nurse for everyone that needs it.
Megan – Student Nurse

 

My pledge is that if I am looking after a patient with dementia, to show them all of my kindness and all of my love. I can additionally ask them about any end-of-life wishes they may have. I must remember that they have story and respect them at all times.
Zoe Kabeli – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to always fulfil my patient’s wishes, whilst also treating them with dignity, respect and generosity.
Vanessa Bernardo – Student Nurse

 

My pledge is to be the nurse that really listens, understands, advocates and educates.
Christian Raux – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to find the time every day to listen to what matters no matter how big or small, no matter how short the days may grow.
Laura Jane Middleton – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to always learn people’s names – never refer to them as bed or room X
Siona King – Student Nurse

 

My pledge is to make sure to listen to the story people want to tell in order to understand them and their life more fully.
Rachel Hawksworth – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to always help to find solutions and listen to distressed patients no matter how busy I am.
Becky Morris – Student Nurse

 

My pledge is to listen to what matters to patients and their carers. To challenge unwarranted variations. To be my best to help others be theirs.
Natalie Sackett – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to ask every person I care for what matters to them.
Leah – Student Nurse

 

 

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