Tuesday, 26 May 2015
Monday, 18 May 2015
Friday, 15 May 2015
Wednesday, 13 May 2015
With great thanks to Tracey Burrell assistant director of nursing and Alison Verrall Blackpool Hospitals education and teachings trust for the kind invite to speak at the Care & Compassion Day they are having on May 22nd
I would also like to say a big thank you to my friend Paul Jebb @Pauljebb1 experience of care professional lead NHS England for the kind introduction and for nomination to speak
I have also be invited and really looking forward to a tour of the hospital and meeting the dementia champions based there
I am very housed to be speaking and look forward to attending and meeting everyone
“This day is to celebrate International Nurses Day. The occasion has been honoured by nurses since 1965 on May 12 — the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, who is hailed as the founder of modern nursing. The Trust uses this day as a great opportunity to highlight the important role all nursing and allied health professional teams play in patient care and to share an extra special thank you to our nursing staff for the work they do.”
Monday, 11 May 2015
Thanks for reading my blog, You can now view my 8 short flims here! http://tommy-on-tour-2011.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/my-mums-name-was-joan-this-is-our-story.html
Friday, 8 May 2015
Our Dementia Carer Voices May Newsletter is now available to read and download at the link here Read: Dementia Carer Voices April/May Newsletter
Welcome to the latest edition of the Dementia Carer Voices Project's newsletter, which will keep you up to date with our latest activity.
This month's edition includes details of our Charity of the Year award, an update on the Carers Bill and the launch of our report on our caring survey, along with some great guest contributions to our Dementia Carer Voices blog site.
Thursday, 7 May 2015
Wednesday, 6 May 2015
Getting it Right for Young Carers
Caring for a relative or close family friend can be a rewarding and joyful experience for many of those who do so but it can also carry a great deal of added responsibility and difficulty. Young Carers may be denied certain rights of the UNCRC such as the right to spend time with friends (Article 15), to be protected from discrimination (Article 2) and the right to education (Article 28 and 29).
Getting it Right For Every Child (GIRFEC) is a new way of working in Scotland, underpinned by the UNCRC, for all professionals who work with children and young people and this includes young carers. The Children and Young People Scotland Act (2014) introduces the Named Person Service which allocates a Named Person to every child in Scotland from birth to 18 (with a few exceptions). This named person is known to the child and family and is there to support them as and when required. This service gives a point of contact for anyone who has any concerns about a child’s wellbeing – including the child and family.
The Act also places a rounded definition of wellbeing into legislation which encompasses all aspects of a child’s wellbeing using 8 indicators (Safe, Healthy, Active, Nurtured, Achieving, Responsible, Respected and Included). For young carers whose wellbeing may be comprised by their caring role, it will be beneficial to have someone they can go to, to have their overall wellbeing assessed and the right help put in in place to support their wellbeing while enabling them to enjoy their time with their relative.
The Getting to Know GIRFEC Project has been running seminars all over Scotland to inform children and young people, parents and carers about GIRFEC and what it means to them. By giving them an understanding of GIRFEC it places young people and families on an equal footing to be able to participate in meetings and decisions around the child or young peerson. There are numerous resources available on the project website which have been designed to explain GIRFEC in a variety of ways including plain English booklets, videos, easy-read documents and easy to use activities to improve understanding.
Friday, 1 May 2015
Opportunity Knocks! The ‘time for change’ is what sprang to mind last Thursday when we realised that patients, clinicians and managers have the chance to come together to improve quality patient care as a community. Conversations with like-minded peers on Twitter were the inspiration for this exciting initiative. I’ve always been patient focused, but the community spirit is something new to me, if I’m honest. My understanding of the importance of community collaboration stems from a meeting I attended in Manchester a few months ago. Dr Amir Hannan invited me to attend a meeting about collaboration within the community that delivers positive change http://www.htmc.co.uk/pages/pv.asp?p=htmc602 . What we witnessed that day has inspired me to embrace community collaboration to deliver quality patient care in health and social care.
We’ve adopted Cumbria as my home, being originally from Dublin, and we want to share this region with everyone to show how inspiring it can be. I’ve recently joined Carlisle Ambassadors and their vision is to promote the local community in Carlisle to make it a better place to live and work – this ideology is exactly what we hope will spread as result of this conference. We aim to bring people together to share knowledge and life experiences so we can deliver for our community, in the areas of disability, children, adolescents and beyond. How we use I.T and social media will become important support tools, and I hope this is an area we can develop at the conference. If we are successful we will not only change things for today, but for tomorrow and generations to come.
Everyone is invited who has an interest in improving quality patient care through innovation and working together, including patients, clinicians, managers, businesses and the public. This event is about supporting each other to improve our health and wellbeing by being innovative. The support has been incredible and it is a credit to everyone who has shown an interest in the event – this gives us hope as it shows people pulling together, using their own time and resources for the common good. We will bring together a group of people determined to make positive changes. This is something we’re passionate about – we know, together, we can do this and we can deliver.
We hope to create an environment that encourages questions and although we may not find all the answers we’ll have started to change things for the greater good. We have some fantastic people who have life experiences and delivered throughout their career willing to come and share their knowledge, so we can learn from them in order to improve health and social care in our communities – and we hope they too can learn from others attending.
Our aspiration is that we can bring innovation to the Great Border City, so I say “Be Just and Fear Not”.
Together we Inspire
If you would like to get involved please email email@example.com or contact us directly via Twitter @HIC2016 @garethpresch #worldhealthinnovationsummit
Together we can inspire sustainable quality health care that benefits the wider community. We look forward to seeing you in Carlisle, 11th/12th March 2016 (venue TBC)
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