Healthcare Improvement Scotland Launch Pledge Trees

It was our pleasure to be invited by, the Focus on Dementia Team at Healthcare Improvement Scotland, to launch two pledge trees on 8th September.  One in Glasgow and another in Edinburgh.  Tommy and Laura visited both offices starting at the Glasgow branch in the morning then through to Edinburgh for the afternoon session.

The Focus on Dementia teams will displaying the pledge trees in the staff rooms at Healthcare Improvement Scotland encouraging and supporting colleagues to make a pledge to make a difference over September, World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month #WAM2017.  The day reflected on Healthcare Improvement Scotland`s values, which are:

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

You can now view Healthcare Improvement Scotland’s strategy for supporting better care in Scotland: 2017–2022, which was published last week.

Special thanks to The Focus on Dementia team, Michelle, Jane, Lynn, Julie, Holly and Tom to name a few for inviting Dementia Carer Voices to give two #makeadifference sessions.  Thanks to all of you for your continued support and look forward to watching the pledge trees grow.

We anticipate a return visit soon to read, in more detail, the wonderful pledges staff have made and support turning pledges into actions.

Team DCV

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Stirling University reflect on and add new pledges for 2017

Massive thanks to Dr Dawn Cameron, Undergraduate Programme Year 2 Lead, Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport at Stirling University for inviting tommy back to meet the students again who made a pledge in their first year, back in December 2016

This was a great opportunity to meet again with our Future Nurses, to chat about how they have been getting on with their pledges, reflect on the last two years, looking ahead to the future and share our latest pledge publication

 

This was also a great opportunity to think about new pledges based on experiences over the first two years at University and knowledge gained from learning and placements since it began in 2015.

It was a privilege to meet Leanne Patrick again and find out how she is getting on.  Leanne has done a #WMTY podcast for DCV since our visit in 2016.

 

Once again, we have been inspired by the amazing students their dedication, vision and desire to make a difference with the most wonderful pledges for 2017 below.

Thank you once again from all the team at DCV

 

 

 

 

 

I pledge to enable and empower people, to help build knowledge and an atmosphere of compassion. To always treat people with dignity and have courage to right for human rights.
Emma Collins – Student Nurse

 

I pledge that I will see each person as an individual as opposed to seeing their illness. Try to take time to sit and talk to patients so that they feel valued and to be with patients as a support for when they feel valued and to be with patients as a support for when they are scared or worried to try to realise fears and anxieties.
Abi Cuthbert-Irvine – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to be a role model to make a difference in the society and to care for my patients by putting their needs first.
Thandiwe Matikiti – Mental Health Student.

 

I wish to be the best nurse I can possibly be. Spend the time listening to patients needs and never making promises I cannot keep.

 

I pledge to continue to be a voice for my patients and to be there in their times of need and to continue to see the patient for who they are and not their illness or disability.
Charlotte Helen Jefferson – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to strive to make the care I deliver based on an individual’s preferences and what truly matters to them.
Darren Hancock – Student Nurse

 

My pledge is to see the person, not just the patient.
Stacey Donnachie – Student Nurse

 

My pledge is to treat everyone the same and value their opinions.

 

I pledge that I always have a smile on my face to encourage others to be happy and positive.
Natasha – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to always be myself, be encouraging, supportive and kind. To always use my voice when others cannot. To always push myself and encourage colleagues, mentors and service users to do the same.
Jordan Munro – Student Nurse

 

My pledge is to always be professional in and out of uniform, be the advocate for my patients need, their voice. Take the time to listen, know their story not just their illness.
Vicky Gilmour – Adult Student Nurse

 

I pledge to provide quality care to every patient I encounter and to try my best to make them smile.
Alex Godfrey – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to manage my time effectively so I can spend as much time with patients as possible. Finding out what is important to my patient and making their time in my care as dignified, painless and un scary as possible.
Emma Baillie – Student Nurse

 

My pledge is to continue to go home at the end of my shift knowing I have made a difference no matter how big or small.
Michelle Threlfall – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to treat you as a person, to remember that this is a day in your life and not just another day at work, to remember that it might be the 10th time you asked me but its first time for you. To do everything in my power to make you feel like yourself again, to jog your memories and make you happy.
Erin Thomson – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to take time and listen to what is important to the patient.
Victoria Gordon – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to encourage my patients to remain independent and support them to continuing living in a safe manner. I also pledge to support my patients and make them feel valued.
Lorraine – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to continue to listen to patients individual stories and find out about what really matters to them. To take the time to do the little things that make a big difference.
Lucy Jorgensen – Care Assistant

 

I always care for person the best I can. I pledge to listen to my patients and people I care for and to see a person, hold their hands when they need me.

 

I pledge to show love and compassion towards all those in my care – regardless of who they are. Kimberley Magee – Student Nurse

 

My pledge is to give time to my patients and listen to their stories as it matters to them and to me as well.  Lona Momo – Student

 

I pledge value and respect to everyone in their own right and not just listen to their voice but hear it.

 

I pledge to encourage patients and staff to engage with each other and recognise the impact we have on each other’s lives.
Claire McLean – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to do everything that is my power to care for and to protect individuals that I care for and to see individuals for who they were rather for who they become.
O.Gill – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to take the time to continue to listen to patients and their families. Treat them with respect and dignity. Spend time with patients as hospitals/care homes can be a lonely place.

 

Mu pledge is to remember why I came into this course and put people first, before their diagnosis.
Kara Young – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to not only care for patients with respect and compassion, but to push others to do the same. Emma Grant – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to have patience for my patients. To put myself in their position, by treating them with the best stranded of care and with respect.
Grace Henderson – Nursing Student

 

P Passionate
L Loving
E Empathetic
D Devoted
G
Gentle
E
Eagar to improve care

= ME
Conor K. McDaid – Student Nurse Mental Health

 

I pledge to show my true genuineness toward patents and their families. To remember the patents for who they were, are and how they want to be treated and cared for.
Alisha Paul – Student Nurse

 

My pledge is to provide a high standard of care and support to patients and their families.
Louise Wallace – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to keep my patients and colleagues safe and to aim to create as safe an environment as possible.

 

I pledge to show kindness and compassion and treat everyone as an individual. One thing you would change: Having more time with each patient.
Laura McLean – Student Nurse

 

My pledge is to be an advocate for patients and make their voices heard to get to the point where their voice is the loudest voice in the room.
Vicky Allan – Adult Student Nurse

 

I pledge to never forget what I believe in and to never change who I am or the person I have to help make a difference and be there for people.
Sophie Colburn – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to make every patient I care for smile and to see them as an individual – Not their diagnosis.
Katie Dickenson – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to see a person for who they are and not the task in hand. I pledge to always take the time to get to know my patient and build good therapeutic relationships with them.
Leah-Ruth Holt – Student Nurse

 

I promise to always know in the deepest part of my soul that no matter what challenges ill face, I will always love people and care about them.
Monika Inglot – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to make every contact count and to never walk past a person in distress.
Siobhan Lynda Lamb – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to always make patients feel safe and calm.
Pauline Sanson – Student Nurse

 

My pledge is to treat patients and carers how I and my family would like to be treated.
Megan Welsh – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to see the person, make them feel valued. Be there for my patients and take time to get to know them.
Claire Paris – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to always do what is best for the patient. To always try and meet their needs listening to them, looking past their illness.
Leah Baxter – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to listen to my patients and their families, to be their advocate and to care with compassion.
Nikki Lister – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to listen to people as individuals and take the time to learn what matters to them.
Nicole Burt – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to be kind, thoughtful and patient with every individual. And to always learn from each person and use those lessons daily.
Barry Reid – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to be an advocate for everyone who needs my help. I pledge to make a difference in all my patients lives and I pledge to make someone smile every day and support and comfort them with my hand. I will make a difference.
Ciara Lennon – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to care for and support my patients in the same way I would expect my loved ones to be cared for. I will aim to have positive impact on the lives of those I care for.
Lauren Davis – Student Nurse

 

My pledge is to listen to my patients, about what is important to them and make them feel cared for and let them know they are being listened to.
Rebecca Wilson – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to listen to my patients and learn their stories.
Fiona Dunlop – Student Nurse

 

My pledge is to ensure the needs and rights of patients are delivered whilst ensuring the continued improvement of care standards.
Justyn Novak – Student Nurse

 

I will never walk past if anyone needs my help.

 

My pledge is to make a difference in clients’ life with my care.

 

My pledge is to be the best I can be to enable my patients to have the confidence to be the best they can be. Paige Harris – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to always make sure I treat everyone with the care and respect they deserve.
Kerrie Ann Grey – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to always be the best I can and treat patients as they should be treated.

 

My pledge is to treat everyone with dignity and respect and to make my patients and their family smile and feel safe in my care.
Laura Graham – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to prioritise patients and personalise care. To talk about professional courage as a skill to facilitate this. To help colleagues to practice within their own values.
Leanne Patrick – Student Mental Health Nurse

 

I pledge to treat patients with love, dignity and respect; Just how I would like my own loved ones to be cared for.
Shona Grant – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to listen properly, never assume, always be there for patients/cares and family.

 

I pledge to be the best version of me as a nurse. To be an advocate for the patients that I care for.
Siobhan Curran – Student Nurse

 

I will strive not to just listen to you. Whether you are a patient, carer, family member or colleague – But to hear you through what you say or don’t say with words. Actions.
Sarah Fortney – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to treat everyone fairly and with kindness, ensuring to meet each individuals needs to the best of my ability.

 

I pledge to always take my time and listen to my patients. I pledge to be considerate of how my patients and their loved ones feel.
Megan Byers – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to do my best for each individual patient.

 

I pledge to get to know the patient behind the dementia. To hug, smiles and hold hands of patients more often. Take time to listen more. *Memory of George*
Janet Thomson – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to always be an advocate for those who feel that their voice is getting lost within healthcare or is not being heard.
Kirsten Sinclair – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to continue to listen to the stories of patient and to learn what is important to them and their families.
Abbey Aitken – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to always stand up for what I believe in and what’s best for my patient.
Eilish McBeth – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to always care for others to the best of my ability, to hopefully make a change to the way a person feels.

 

My pledge is to make a difference in people’s lives, to listen what they are saying from the heart and to give them my care and compassion.
Jenna Boyd – Student Nurse

 

My pledge is to listen to what the patient wants and try my hardest to fulfil their wishes.

 

I pledge to always be patient with my patients no matter how stressful the day and continue to treat patients with dignity and respect at all times.

 

I pledge to always listen and show care and compassion towards patients all of the time.
Kiera Grogan – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to care for every patient equally, to love everyone the same and be an advocate for everyone that needs support.
Abby Rafferty – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to become a beacon of hope to those in need and hopeless, to make my patients feel safe and loved.  Gilbert N – Student Nurse

 

 

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Pledges from Teesside University

Thanks to Lyndsey Firth and fellow committee members Sharon Wilson, Charlotte Govier, Victoria Greensit and David Jackson for inviting Tommy to speak at the #1509stuconf Student Nursing Conference at the Stephenson Lecture Theatre on 1 September 2017.

Lyndsey heard Tommy speak at the RCN Congress in Glasgow and was keen to get Tommy along as part of the 2 day conference they had organised.  With 277 students in attendance it was a great opportunity to meet and speak with our future nurses.

It was a great chance to share our #makeadifference campaign as well as the Framework for Nursing Midwifery and Care Staff.  This showed how pledges can be supported and connected by the Framework.

You can read more on the framework along with the wonderful pledges from the day.

Thank you from all the team at #DCV to all for a truly inspirational day.

I pledge to always listen to people and take time to learn more about everyone.
Eleanor Jones – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to tell their story and offer constant support.
Jessica Mullen – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to make a difference in my neighbour’s life whose daughter has a diagnosis with Autism.

 

I pledge to continue to do everything I can for every patient in my care and get to know each and every one of them and the life they`ve lived.
Amy Sangster – Student Nurse

 

I will take time to find out what matters most to each patient I meet and include their family as much as possible.
Katie – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to always make sure I really listen when a patient needs someone to talk to and to do all I can to stop people feeling lonely.
Lara Thompson – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to treat people with the respect and dignity that every person deserves.
Benedict Field – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to always try and do my best, putting patients and family’s needs first.
Joanne Brown – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to always make time for my patients and their families.
Katie – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to always remember the person not let the illness define them.
Catherine Davey – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to “really” ask how patients are doing.
Ellie Holden – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to treat people as a person, to speak to them like a friend and treat them like family.
Alice Gordon – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to never call a patient a bed number or a condition. They are an individual with a name.
Olivia Burkinshaw – Student Nurse

 

My pledge is to always smile and always care.
Molly Burton – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to give the patient and their families my undivided attention and make them feel like the centre of my role. To make them feel valued and respected throughout our interactions. Always to be a positive aspect in their time of sadness and sorrow.
Nathan Frost – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to always treat patients with dignity and respect and in the way I would like to be treated myself. Tracey Erskine – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to make a difference to a patient and their families life. I pledge to be a positive aspect to their journey.
Charlotte Fairless – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to give patients my full dedication to care and to give my patience at all times.
Lynn Bezance – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to always care.
Claire Hill – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to always provide the best care that I can and remember the person by name, not by condition or bed number.

 

I pledge to be remembered for my positive contribution- to not walk on by a person in need.
Amy Sivewright – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to ask dementia patients what matters and who matters to you and their relatives.
Samantha Morgan – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to never ignore or disrespect a person and always make time to listen.

 

I pledge to always have the attitude “it`s not about me”, its about the patient.
Chole Skipp – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to treat every patient with dignity, respect and as individuals and how you would like to be treated.

 

I pledge to treat every person I meet as an individual and let them see that they are important.

 

I pledge to share other support you’re entitled too.
Hannah – Student Nurse

 

My pledge is to make a difference in some way to families who have been touched by dementia. I will endeavour to see the person first and foremost.

 

I pledge to be the best nurse I can be by truly listening to my patients, being compassionate and understanding and acting as an advocate as and when it is needed.
Jenny Eglington – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to always remember what and who matters. The patient, their families, their wants and needs will be at the heart of all I do.
Lisa George – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to treat every patient as an individual and not their darkness.
Becky-Jo Evans – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to be remembered for the right reasons.
Sophie Lockhead – Student Mental Health nurse

 

I pledge to see my patients as who they are not their diagnosis. I will find out what defines them and celebrate it.
Catherine Dunne – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to be as passionate on my last day of a nurse as I will be on my first.
Daisy Playfoam

 

I pledge to go the extra mile for my patients to take time to get to know who they are and not to define them for their illness.
Ashleigh McWilliams – Student Nurse

 

My pledge is to never lose my compassion.
Student Nurse Teesside

 

My pledge is to allow patients time to talk and to listen to them to learn who they were before they became poorly.
Rachel Stoddart – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to care and provide care, dignity and respect to those I meet.
Student Nurse Teesside Uni

 

I pledge to be kind all the time and make the little things matter.
Jane Pratt – Student Nurse

 

My pledge is to always introduce myself, take time to ask first and make time to recognise that the patient maybe scared. Think what and how can I help, I only takes30 seconds.
Laura Moore – Student Child Nurse

 

I pledge to make time for the little things for patients. As its what they value most.

 

I pledge to always treat people with respect and dignity and to always listen and hear what people are saying. To get to know the person, not just the illness and try to make a difference and provide the support they need.
Melissa Wright – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to provide individualised care. Each individual has their own story and are unique in their own way.
Sophie Young – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to always treat people how I would like myself or my family to be treated.
Jessica Carr – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to always care for and treat people how I would like my loved ones to be treated and to always find out what matters to them.
Charlotte Whittington

 

I pledge to find time to listen not only for every patient I come into contact with but my family and friends.

 

I pledge to make every contact with a patient count, talk to them, listen to them and make them feel safe and not frightened.
Debbie Rowley – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to promise to try my hardest to be the kindest most caring and compassionate nurse I can ever possibly be.
Laura Madden – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to get to know the people I care for and see them for who they are and be the most beautiful nurse I can be!
Aimee Lowe – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to be the one make the difference in people’s life.
Yanan Sang – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to remember that everyone I meet is a person with a back story and not an illness.
Liz Webb – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to always ask in the best interests of the patient and always see the person not the illness.
Rachel Williams – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to listen to and learn about every person I care for.
Danielle Soulby – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to make a difference every day.
Anna Walker – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to always get to know the person I ‘am privileged to care for. I promise that the time I spend with them, taking the time to listen to their story will be theirs and theirs only.

 

I pledge to give people the most dignified care as I possibly can.
Sarah Thwaites – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to always make the little things count.
Megan Tewast – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to always go above and beyond in everything I do to make patients experiences that little better. Danniela Savarese – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to carry Tommy`s story with me and to always recognise the person for who they are and the life they have lived and not the illness that has already taken so much from them.
Vicky Neeson – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to forever take time with patients, families and carers to understand and find out about their life and what matters most to them, doing all I can to ensure I promote what matters to the patient, their family, patents and carers.
Harriet Walker – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to always be the best person/good person and more so nurse. To be the listener, the supporter, the friend and I hope to be the person you or anyone wishes where on shift every day.

 

I pledge I will always be kind and caring. I pledge that I will always see you as a person and not a patient. I pledge I will always try to make your life easier, that I will listen and explain anything you don’t understand.
Lisa Wakenshaw – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to always treat everyone as a person and not define them by their condition or illness. Always treat people how I would like to be treated.
Emily Crawford – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to try and make a difference to patient’s journey at some point in my career as a nurse.
Ashley Fisher – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to try to make a difference however big or small whenever I can in my nursing role. Remember small things can make a difference.
Dawn Bielby – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to make a difference to the life of at least 1 person in their time of need and help them forget their pain for that moment in time.
Sarah Theaker – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to prioritise the needs of the patient by meeting and fulfilling their wishes.
Jess Hardy – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to develop my knowledge and understanding of dementia so I can support both patients and their families the best I can.
Naomi Thornton – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to keep my inquisitive nature and warming smile.
Charlie Sample – Student Nurse

 

I will pledge that I will not only “listen” nut I will “hear” my patients and their families about what they want and how they want to be cared for.
Lesley Hindle – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to give my patients, my patience and listen to what and who matters to them.
Sarah Thompson – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to listen and care for each patient, based on their individual needs.
. Katherine Truelock – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to ensure I fully care and support the patient and loved ones. I want to make sure all the little things are provided i.e. hand to hold, provide time, listening, paint nails, brush hair, anything to make the patient a little more happier whilst in my care.
Gemma Harrison – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to always actively listen to my patients when they talk to me. Even if they tell me the same story over and over again. I will always listen as if it’s the first time they are telling me.
L.Lizun – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to listen to patients from start to finish during their illness.
Sharon Wilson – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to always give my best to every situation, give time, dignity, respect and ultimately treat people how I would want me of family to be treated.
Victoria Greenisit – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to always see the person not the illness and give patients a voice.
Lyndsey Firth – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to give patients a voice and be a voice for patients.
Charlotte Govier – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to always give individuals suffering from dementia and their families my time, not only listen but hear people’s words and offer support and comfort at the best of my ability.
Ashleigh Wrigglesworth – Teesside University Mental Health Nursing

 

I pledge to deliver good holistic care and care for people as an individual rather than a patient.

 

I pledge to be courageous and be the voice for those who need it, and to do my best to make a difference to someone everyday of my career.
Shaunna-Lee Brady – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to treat patients and their families/carers how I would want myself, my mum, my dad. My children to be treated, with care and compassion.
Lauren Dixon – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to always see a patient and their carer/relative as a person to know them better as individuals and to not view them as a dementia patient and their carer.
Eilishia Brown – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to always listen to each person.
Julie Waters – Student Nurse

 

I pledge that all care delivered to dementia patients will be completely individualised, tailored to what each patient would have wanted as a person. Seeing through dementia and helping personalities live on. Danielle Marrison – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to ensure that every day you look and feel like “you” as much as I can possibly help, regardless of whether you even know who you are. I will ask your family, and ask you, what I can do to help you be the person you are.
Samantha Mackenzie – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to meet the needs and wants of my patients to the best of my ability. I pledge to be patient’s kind and always smile. I pledge to be the light in the darkest days.
Lauren Mazzey – Student Nurse

 

My pledge is to always give and take time to every patient to listen and hear that story, not just about their condition but about their life, remember every patient is an individual.
Demi Marshall – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to deliver care how I would like to receive care.
Lindsey Griffin – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to make a difference to someone’s care each and every day for the better.
Lucy Briscot – Student Nurse

 

My pledge is to always make a positive impact in a patients care.
Becki Jayne – Student Nurse

 

As a student nurse, I pledge to listen to everyone’s problems and queries and try and best to help in any way.
Aimee Haggor – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to provide the highest quality of care to all of the people that I care for. I promise to treat them as an individual, not as their disease.
Laura Ingham – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to always apply all my nursing knowledge with the addition of love, care and kindness. To ensure that person feels human and not like a bed number.
Pippa Lane – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to be more understanding and to know the person behind the illness and their lives.
Victoria Tomlinson – Student Nurse

 

My pledge is to be there for patients and their families offering a friendly, caring nurse who is always there to offer comfort and support by just listening to them when needed.
Terri-Anne Paterson – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to do my upmost to be the best nurse I can be for my patients and their families, and try everyday to make them smile.
Gemma Renwick – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to see a person as an individual and not a medical condition. I will always aspire to provide the best holistic care I can for that person and their families and loved ones.
Emma Davison – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to never take for granted the emotional and upset loved ones will be going through, regardless of how strong they appear.

 

I pledge to always stay humble and love with all of my heart.
Claire Wilding – 3rd Year Adult Student Nurse

 

I pledge to care for all of my patients and their families/carers to the very best of my ability and do everything I possibly can be the best nurse I can be.
Charlotte Farrell – 3rd Year Student Paediatric Nurse

 

I pledge to give a level of care, compassion and commitment to all my patients as I have received from health professionals who cared for my man and nan during their ill health.
Zara Khalifa – Teesside Student Nurse

 

I pledge to always listen to the patient and acknowledge what they would want when I am provide and meet the needs of patients.
Keegan Wall – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to look after all patients as if they were my own family.
Donna Potter – Student Nurse

 

My pledge is always see the person before the illness and always find all what matters to that person what makes them who they are.
Michelle West – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to see the person behind the condition.
Bridie Coombes – Student Nurses

 

I pledge to try and see the person before dementia robbed their memories.
Nicola Burns – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to try to be remembered positively by everyone I meet and to always be kind.
Emily Ross – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to always hear what people say not just listen.
Abbey Linguard – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to be the best healthcare professional I can be, to make a positive impact to people/everyone`s life and be what they need when they need it.
K.Raine – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to always make sure every patient that I come into contact with knows that they matter.
Hayley – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to share the story of Tommy Whitelaw and his mother. To remember and practice his very powerful message. To demonstrate all aspects of the 6Cs and speak up I there is a problem and make a difference.
Joanna Liddle – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to never lose touch with why I came into nursing and how the smallest things can make the biggest difference in someone’s life.
Vicky Hawkes – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to ask, listen and do.
Carol Brown – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to care for each person as an individual and their family and carers, taking into consideration holism, respect and empathy. I will never take being a nurse for granted and view my role as a privilege.
Vicki Holliday – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to never forget how important and big “the little” things are. Stop
Nikki Walker – Student Adult Nurse

 

I pledge to remember that every single person has a life story and their story is important.
Rebecca Campbell – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to help make a difference to people who are effected by alcohol dependency even if it was just one. Daniel Mitchell – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to make a positive impact on the lives of the each and every single patient I encounter.
Emma Looney – Student Nurse

 

I pledge to ensure, make a difference to each patient/family/carer whenever I can. To always ensure I never walk past anything. Feel or know is not right and to change this. Ensure patient-centred care is maintained. Heather – Student Nurse

 

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Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership Staff Pledges

Some mid-week pledges for you folks!

Tommy has the great privilege to be invited to share the project to Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership staff at Bennachie View, Inverurie, on 31 August.

Gillian McDonald heard Tommy speak before and was keen for colleagues across the partnership to hear him and arranged the 3 talks.

We have a few thank yous, firstly, to Gillian, Kim Anderson and colleagues from the partnership for inviting DCV to showcase make a difference.

A massive thanks to Leanne Bruce, who saved the day with a replacement laptop and everyone that attended.  A few of the staff handed pledges to Tommy on the day you can read them below.

Team DCV 🙂

 

My pledge is to care for those who can`t care for themselves – to be their voice.
Heather Pine – Assistant Coordinator, Jarvis Court

 

I pledge when I assess people with dementia in CARNHILL Hospital I read their medical history and if available their life story book first. I will make time to always read their life story before going to their bedside.
Rachel Paterson – Speech and Language Therapist, NHS Grampian

 

I pledge to create a what matters to me tree in the care home. To banish the word “challenging” from our home. To strive to always see the story.
Liane Bruce – Care Home Manager

 

I pledge to listen to the tenants I work with. To also make time for carers who need to talk. Always be there when I can for anyone who needs me.

 

I feel I do my best to listen to “stories” however I pledge to make an effort to always ask “what matters to you”

 

I pledge to remember to tell carers I meet through work that they are doing a great job caring for their loved one.
Leah Harkness – Speech Therapist, NHS Grampian

 

I pledge to try my very best to help and make a difference in each individuals life I meet. To always listen and learn about them.
Justine Elizabeth McLachlan – Care and Support Worker

 

I pledge to help make a difference to the people I care for, and the people who are a part of my life. I pledge to try and make 1 person smile each day.
Karrie Henderson – Assistant Coordinator

 

I pledge to listen “what matters to you” to all I care for and know what is important for them.
Gillian McDonald – Very Sheltered Housing Co-ordinator

 

I pledge to listen to the love and life story of those whose home I work within.
Kim Anderson – Aberdeenshire Council

 

My pledge is to ask a resident each day how can I make your day.

 

I pledge to make sure everyone feels important. To ensure they know their life matters. To help be their voice and to tell their stories.
Ishbel Hudson – Staff Nurse

 

I pledge to spend more time listening.
Brenda Andrgn – Aberdeenshire Council

 

I pledge to be patient and understanding.

 

I pledge to continue, not only caring but understanding each individual love story.
Tracey Goodall – Social Care Officer

 

My pledge is to hear my clients, not just their voice, but facial expression and body language too.
Linda Harbert – Aberdeenshire Council

 

I pledge to ensure that I spend more time listening to and hearing the voice of the person with dementia, as well as their families to provide the support that work for them.
Sara Dickinson – Local Area Coordinator/Care Management

 

I pledge to carry on listening and supporting clients with dementia.
Linda Kerr – Local Area Coordinator

 

Mu pledge in my professional and private life listen to the love stories.
Barbara Anderson – Care Manager

 

My pledge is to remind myself daily that I came into caring sector to make lives better and feel rewarded in my role.

 

My pledge is to continue to support and listen to the people I care for and for anyone else that comes into my life from now until the end.
Claire Keys – Care and Support Worker

 

I pledge to listen to everyone’s story and to be more understanding.
Gillian Geddes – Domestic Assistant

 

I pledge to understand what they person is thinking and show kindness, love and to listen to what they have to tell you about their life and what matters to them.
Dorothy Thomson – Domestic Bennchie View

 

I pledge to make a difference, large or small to the lives of those living with dementia and to the lives of those caring for their loved ones.
Jackie Thompson – Social Care Assessor

 

My pledge will be to encourage and embrace innovative practice in the field of self-directed support for people with dementia.
Ishbel M.MacDonald – CNES

 

I pledge I will make sure that I look after peoples “love stories” by keeping them at the centre of their care.  Karen Mackenzie – Speech and Language Therapist

 

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DCV invited to join GFT Movie Memories Steering Group

Dementia Carer Voices Director Irene Oldfather and UK Project Lead, Tommy Whitelaw have been invited to join the  GFT Movie Memories Steering Group.

Thanks to Jodie Wilkinson, Public Engagement Coordinator for the invitation.  The first meeting will take place in October and meet 3 times a year there after.

You can find some more information below about the launch of the Movie Memories programme.

In September 2016, Glasgow Film Theatre, in partnership with the Dundasvale Community Involvement Group, held a Movie Memories Event at Dundasvale Residents Hall. With a focus on accessibility and bringing people together, a pop-up screening of the Gene Kelly classic was held, complete with a movie memories handling kit, kindly loaned from Glasgow Museums.

Following on from the success of this event, GFT is delighted to announce the award of funding from Life Changes Trust to launch a monthly dementia friendly cinema programme, Movie Memories. The programme is designed especially for people experiencing early to mid stages of dementia, their carers and / or families.

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.

The programme aims to reach over 1,700 people living with dementia, as well as their carers and families, so that they can do something together and create meaningful memories.

A steering group will be established to guide the programme and Dementia Ambassadors will play an important role in delivering the project.

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.

 

GFT: Movie Memories Day at Dundasvale Hall – Singin’ in the rain, 16th September 2016

 

Thanks once again to Jodie and the team for inviting Dementia Carer Voices onto the group and look forward to meeting in October.

 

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

Thanks to Chris Anne Campbell, Nurse Director at NHS Western Isles, Denise Symington, Patient Focus & Public Involvement and Elizabeth Selby, Dementia Nurse Consultant NHS Western Isles and all the team for inviting Tommy back to speak at two talks at Stornoway Hospital as part of a development and our partnership with Chief Nursing Office Directorate work. #CNOScot

Back in June Tommy toured the Western Isles with Denise and Elizabeth for 5 days.

On 30th August we had another brilliant day with Elizabeth at the two talks and how brilliant to have such a variety of people, who play so many parts across so many roles at the hospital.  It was a great feeling of a wider community at the talks and was another brilliant day of partnership working, meeting people, we hope creating and celebrating making a difference and the growing of pledges on the trees.

We travelled home once again feeling inspired and looking forward to returning this December or early January next year for more talks and meeting more remarkable people who make a difference every day.

Thank you Stornoway and The Western Isles from all the team at DCV.

Further info:
Read our new Dementia Carer Voices publication on the analysis of 6,000 pledges.
Email your pledge or get in touch at dementiacarervoices@alliance-scotland.org.uk

 

 

 

 

 

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Visiting Healthcare Improvement Scotland

8th September sees Dementia Carer Voices, Tommy and Laura, visiting Healthcare Improvement Scotland In Glasgow and Edinburgh branches.

The Focus on Dementia teams will be launching a pledge tree in the staff rooms for people to make a pledge to make a difference over the month of September.

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

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

You can now view Healthcare Improvement Scotland’s strategy for supporting better care in Scotland: 2017–2022, which was published last week.

We would like to thank the Focus on Demetnia Team and the wider Healthcare Improvement Scotland collegaues for their support and look forward to watching the pledge trees grow.

 

Team DCV 🙂 

 

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