Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Final day Grampian tour 4 talks @ Robert Gordon University











Hi,
 
Today was the last day of my tour with NHS Grampian. 

 
Thank you so much to NHS Grampian, Heather Lyn and Dianne for looking after me.

Robert Gordon University, Una Lyon, Moray College Elgin and the Acorn Centre Inverurie and to all who have put such great effort and arranged a great tour of various venues across the Grampian area to engage with staff working within the health and social care sectors over the last three days.

 
Thank you so much to every single person who took time to attend the talks over the last 3 days. 

 
A big Thank you to Una Lyon from Robert Gordon University for the kind invite and for organising the last four talks of the tour-today in partnership with NHS Grampian at Robert Gordon University. Today was the final day and I had the great privilege to speak to nursing students at the faculty of health and social care.  

 
Thank you to all who took time to attend, for the kindness, pledges, support and encouragement 

 

Thank you 

 
Tommy 

 

 
                                         A few Nursing students from the talks earlier today 
 






  





                                            

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Earlier Today speaking Elgin Moray college & Acorn centre Inverurie -day 2NHS Grampian tour

                                          



With great Thanks to Heather Tennant fand NHS Grampian Also  Una Lyon from Robert Gordon University for the kind invite and for organising. They have arranged a great tour of various venues across the Grampian area to engage with staff working within the health and social care sectors.


Day 2 

Today I had two talks organised ,first speaking at Moray College Elgin then Inverurie  at the Acorn center 

Thank you so much to all who organised and attended both  events today we where welcomed with great warmth and kindness .
Thank you for taking time to attend ,once again a day meeting kind caring people and another day feeling inspired by the people I meet 

Thank you for another wonderful day  
Tommy 

After my talk at Moray College with Mark and Jane who organised today's talk 



On tour with


And




A wonderful day one - tour NHS Grampian thank you for the kindness




With great Thanks to Heather Tennant fand NHS Grampian Also  Una Lyon from Robert Gordon University for the kind invite and for organising. They have arranged a great tour of various venues across the Grampian area to engage with staff working within the health and social care sectors.

Today was day one of the tour and was very busy .I had the great privilege to do 5 talks today 
Starting with a presentation to the board followed by 3 talks to staff Aberdeen Royal Infirmary 
And last but not least Medical students studying at the Hospital university. 

Today was a day full of engagement and I met so many kind caring people. 

Thank you NHS Grampian for a great first day and for the kindness. 

Tommy 




With great thanks to the Board for the opportunity today speak for the time, kindness and engagement 

                        


Some of the kind staff I met over the 3 talks today Aberdeen Royal Infirmary 

                               

                                       A few more of the team I met today 


                             

A final thank you to the medical students for the opportunity  and great end to the day 


                               





Day one itinerary 

Date - Time
Where
     Audience
Tue 25th Feb:
09.30-12.00


Suttie (Conference) ARI
 –  Health and Local Authority
Tue 25th Feb: 
13.00-14.00
14.15-15.15 
15.30-16.30

Suttie (Conference) ARI
 Open sessions all staff in health and social care sectors   
Tue 25th Feb: 17.30
Suttie (Lecture theatre)
  Geriatric Medicine Student     Society (Medical Student / Medical Staff)

Monday, 24 February 2014

Day one - 6 talks tomorrow - tour of Grampian



Thanks to Heather Tennant from NHS Grampian and Una Lyon from Robert Gordon University for the kind invite and for organising. They have arranged a great tour of various venues across the Grampian area to engage with staff working within the health and social care sectors.

Tomorrow is day one of the tour 6 talks as listed below 

Tommy


      

Date - Time
Where
     Audience
Tue 25th Feb:
09.30-12.00


Suttie (Conference) ARI
 –  Health and Local Authority
Tue 25th Feb: 
13.00-14.00
14.15-15.15 
15.30-16.30

Suttie (Conference) ARI
 Open sessions all staff in health and social care sectors   
Tue 25th Feb: 17.30
Suttie (Lecture theatre)
  Geriatric Medicine Student     Society (Medical Student / Medical Staff)

                                



Tomorrow - Tour with NHS Grampian - 25th to 27th February



Thanks to Heather Tennant from NHS Grampian and Una Lyon from Robert Gordon University for the kind invite and for organising. They have arranged a great tour of various venues across the Grampian area to engage with staff working within the health and social care sectors.



Date - Time
Where
Audience
Tue 25th Feb: 09.30-12.00


Suttie (Conference) ARI
 – health and Local Authority
Tue 25th Feb: 13.00-14.00/
14.15-15.15 / 15.30-16.30

Suttie (Conference) ARI
Open sessions all staff in health and social care sectors
Tue 25th Feb: 17.30
Suttie (Lecture theatre)
Geriatric Medicine Student Society (Medical Student / Medical Staff)
Wed 26th Feb: 10.00-11.30

Moray College - Elgin
Open sessions all staff in health and social care sectors
Wed 26th Feb: 13.30-15.00
The Acorn Centre - Inverurie
Open sessions all staff in health and social care sectors

Thur 27th Feb: 10.00 -11.30
RGU – Faculty of Health and Social Care
Open sessions all staff in health and social care sectors
Thursday 28th: Afternoon
RGU – Faculty of Health and Social Care

Closed session for Student Nurses




Tour dates:


For further information please click here to view the flyer or contact:

Heather Tennant : heathertennant@nhs.net , 01224 554299

Una Lyon : u.lyon@rgu.ac.uk, 01224 262 920





Thursday, 20 February 2014

- Speaking at Living until you die – crossing boundaries in Palliativecare” - seminar Feb 24th Inverness



Hi 

With great thanks to Ruth Mantle and NHS Highland for inviting me to speak at this event and for the invite to do 3 " getting to know me " workshops with them on day 2 



“Living until you die – crossing boundaries in Palliative care” - 2 day course

Mon 24th February – Tues 25th February 2014
Venue: Kingsmills Hotel, Culcabock Road, Inverness, IV2 3LP

COURSE SCHEDULE




MONDAY 24th FEBRUARY 2014

09:00amRegistration & Tea / Coffee on arrival

09:45amWelcome Address - Garry Coutts, Chair, NHS Highland (tbc)

10:00amIntroduction / Housekeeping with Alison MacRobbie, NHS Highland

10:10amPalliative Care – Primary Care Perspective
Prof Elizabeth Ireland
GP, Argyll & Bute / Chair National Services Scotland Health Board
11:00amTea / Coffee Break / opportunity to view stands

11: 30amRenal / Palliative Care perspective
Dr Stuart Lambie, Renal Consultant, NHS Highland

12:30pmTommy Whitelaw - Dementia - Carer's Perspective

13:00pmLunch in dining room / opportunity to view stands

14:15pm“Nausea & Vomiting”  
Dr David CarrollAssociate Specialist in Palliative CareNHS Grampian

15:00pmChest – COPD & Palliative Care
Dr Steve Thomas, Consultant, NHS Highland

16:00pmTea / Coffee Break

16:20pm“Delirium” (an interactive session)
Dr Gill Pilling, Associate Specialist, Highland Hospice
17:20pmBreak

17:30pmEvening Meal / Buffet
(for delegates attending an evening workshop)


Monday 24th February - Optional Evening Workshop Programme (must be pre-booked)
18:30 - 19:30 pm

WS1 –  Chest RehabilitationJude Colligan, Chest Physio, NHS Highland
WS2 –  Chronic PainDr Rachel Atherton, NHS Highland
WS3 – Defibrillator DevicesMandi Smith / Catriona , NHS Highland
WS4 –  Difficult ConversationsDr Stephen Hutchison, Consultant, Highland Hospice
WS5 –  “Healthy Steps”Mary Anne MacLeod, Macmillan CNS, NHS Highland
WS6 –  “Mindfulness in Practice”Susan Fraser & Jacqui Greenhalgh, Highland Hospice
 


Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Great honour to speak at and present NHS Fife Nursing assistants withBest Practice in Dementia awards




Hi

With great thanks to Helen Skinner Alz scot professional development nurse - Lynn Cambell associate director of nursing, NHS FIfe and to all who attended today's talk and certificate presentation 

I feel truly honoured to have been asked hand out certificates by NHS Fife Nursing to Assistants who recently completed  their Stirling Dementia Centre Best Practice in Dementia Course.before my talk 

Thank you to all who took time to attend today's talks for the great welcome and kindess today,was very special indeed 

Thank you to all at NHS FIfe for the passion shown today and for caring for us 

NHS Fife are #makingadifference 








Press Release NHS FIfe 

You Can Make a Difference!

Health campaigner Tommy Whitelaw visited the Victoria Hospital today (19/02) to talk to NHS Fife staff and share his experiences as a carer.

Tommy, who was awarded the Age Scotland Campaigner of the Year in 2013,describes himself as a son, a carer and a campaigner following his experience of caring for his mum who had dementia, and who sadly passed away in 2012.

As part of his work with the Health and Social Care AllianceTommy talked about theYou Can Make a Difference campaign. The aim of the campaign is to encouragehealth and social care workers to reflect on the personal stories of family membersand carers of those with dementia, before making a pledge based on one key message or action which they can apply to their everyday practice in order to make a difference.

Tommy said: “Carers tell us that a little bit of time, listening and understanding can make an unimaginable difference during what can be a very difficult and lonely journey.
“No matter what your role, you have the potential to transform the lives and experiences of people with dementia and their carers.”

Tommy also presented certificates to our NHS Fife Nursing Assistants who recentlycompleted their Stirling Dementia Centre Best Practice in Dementia Course.
The event was also broadcast via video conference, with around 100 staff fromQueen Margaret and St Andrews Community Hospital also taking part.

NHS Fife Associate Director of Nursing, Lynn Campbell said: “It has been a great privilege to welcome Tommy to the Fife today.
“Having heard Tommy’s experiences from his perspective has resonated with all of us, both on a personal level and in our professional roles, and shows how we can make a real difference to those with Dementia and their carers."

For more information on You Can Make a Difference, visit the campaign website -http://dementiacarervoices.wordpress.com/you-can-make-a-difference/  



Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Today - Speaking NHS Fife Victoria hospital Acute services division lecture theatre



Hi 

With great thank to Helen Skinner Professional Development Nurse NHS  Fife Acute Services Division Victoria Hospital Kirkcaldy for inviting me to speak to NHS Fife Dementia Champions and staff across acute services

I look forward to the opportunity to meeting all who attend ,speaking about my wonderful mum Joan ,the letters I receive and people I meet on my tour dementia and caring  

Thank you Helen for the opportunity 


Thank you so much Helen Skinner NHS Fifie Acute services  for the great honour to be asked to present successful learners with their certificates 

I have been asked to present  certificates to healthcare support workers who have completed a 6 month dementia training course on February 17th along with speaking in the hosptial lecture room to staff  ( please see link to post below ) 

Thank you so much Helen NHS Fife Acute Services Division Victoria Hospital Kirkcaldy for this great privilege 



Tommy 



Sunday, 16 February 2014

Today Speaking National Dementia Care Improvement Programme - Learning



Hi

With Thanks to Michelle Miller from Healthcare Improvement Scotland who came in to the office yesterday to chat about involvement in this learning event for the five '8 pillars' model of community support test sites, which takes place on February 18th.

I look forward to participating on the day and sharing what co-ordination of care would have looked like, and meant to me from a carer's perspective.

The 8 Pillar Model of Community Support developed by Alzheimer Scotland, sets out the coordinated approaches that are needed to support people with dementia and their families and enable them to live well and as independently as possible at home for as long as possible. For more information on the 8 Pillar Model, click here.

Tommy

National Dementia Care Improvement Programme
Dementia Strategy – Commitment 3: testing models of integrated care and support based on the ‘8 pillars’ model of community support

Learning Session 1 - Tuesday 18 February 2014
Iris Murdoch Center, Stirling University 






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