Are you a carer?

Please watch my short film, which includes families and carers reading from the letters they sent me.

If you would like to share your story or make a persoanl pledge to make a difference please email

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

4 Years Collecting Life Stories -

With great thanks to the DCV Team 

It’s now 4 years to the day that our very own Tommy Whitelaw began walking around Scotland’s towns and cities to collect the life and love stories of people across Scotland who care for a loved one with dementia. Tommy was a full-time carer for his late mother Joan who had Vascular Dementia, and he felt passionately that no one should have to face the confusion, loneliness and isolation that he himself felt. On 6th June 2011 he began his tour which saw him collect hundreds of life story letters detailing the experiences of individuals caring for a loved one living with dementia.




Since then, he has engaged with thousands of carers through his ‘Tommy on Tour’ blog and as Project Engagement Lead with the Dementia Carer Voices Project at the Health and Social Care Alliance. Tommy has continued to do an incredible amount of outreach work, taking the life and love stories of carers who have written to him, carers we have met in person, spoken to on the phone, heard from through email or through our online survey and shared these with health and social care professionals, students, MSPs and members of the public. As our Project Engagement Lead, Tommy continues to conduct frequent talks to raise awareness of the impact of dementia on families and the importance of empowering carers in carrying out their difficult but vital role.

We’re all so proud of how much Tommy has achieved in the past 4 years, raising awareness of dementia and of what this means for families and carers across Scotland. We would also like to thank each and every one of you who have attended an awareness talk, read our blog, followed the campaign, made a pledge or quite simply asked someone how they’re doing.

Thank you for making this dementia awareness week so successful and thanks to Tommy for raising awareness every day. Together we can make a difference.


Speaking Anam Cara Dementia Respite Services August 12th 2pm



With great thanks to Claire Mills, who is the manager of Anam Cara Dementia Respite Services for the kind invite to speak to at the centre on August 12th ( both Claire and my own birthdays ) 

I have had the great pleasure to speak there before and look forward to returning as part of my make a difference tour  
Anam Cara Ayrshire:
The Make a Difference campaign has been taken forward by many individuals who have shared the campaign and actively encouraged others to do so. Claire Mills, who is the manager of Anam Cara Dementia Respite Services has organised an incredible day to inspire people to make a pledge to make a difference.
They have arranged to host an afternoon tea session where Tommy will give an awareness talk and people will then have a chance to ask questions but in a more relaxed and informal setting. To make room for their adapted housing, the centre had to have cherry trees cut down, and are using the wood from these trees to make  hiring a woodcarver to make a huge jigsaw spelling out Anam Cara with each letter made up of engraved pledges, celebrating their commitment to making a difference and encouraging people to participate

Thanks for reading my blog, You can now view my 8 short flims here!
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Another busy week 5 #Talks - Darlington - Giffnock - Possillpark-Southern General Hospital


Another busy week 5 #Talks - Darlington - Giffnock - Possillpark - Southern General   


My wee tour continues this week with 4 talks which is talk,I am now at talks 289 of 364 on my ' Make a Difference tour that  startled middle of last year 

My first talk this week will be Monday in Darlington With Great thanks to Jo Rogerson Modern Matron West Park Hospital for the kind invite to speak at a series of workshops being held West Park Hospital Monday will be my 5th talk of 5there 

On Tuesday I have two talks East Renfrewshire CHCP. Dickie Building, Burnfield Rd, Giffnock,the first talk will be to AHPs,District Nurses,CPN's and then to students who are on placement at the health centre,with great thanks to Fiona Ralph,Team Lead/Advanced Nurse Practitioner,East Renfrewshire CHCP for the invite and arraigning 

Wednesday I have kindly been invited to speak at Possillpark  connections group .A big thank you to Sandra Barber Health Improvement Senior- Anticipatory Care for the invite to speak at the group meeting 

Finally on Thursday I have been invited to speak at The Southern General Hospital patient and carer core group. With great thanks to Yvonne Neilson Health Improvement Senior-Long Term Conditions Public Health Directorate for invited me along to speak at the hospital reference group meeting 

Thank you to all of the above I am very honored to be invited and looking forward to meeting everyone this week 

Thank you 


Monday, 3 August 2015

awarded Honorary Master of the Open University


I am so very honoured and grateful to the Open University for the great honour to have been awarded 

Honorary Degree Master of the University for Health,Social Care,Education and Policymaking influence for my work across the UK on Dementia and caring 

With great thanks to Peter Horrocks CBE (Vice chancellor),Joyce Cavaye and all at the Open University

I am truly proud to be receiving this honorary degree and looking forward to working closely with all at the Open University over the next years 

I would like to dedicate this award to My Mum Joan,and my dear friend Irene Oldfather's  mum Margaret,Ian  Sarah, laura .my colleagues at the ALLIANCE the incredible people who share life stories with me and the inspiring people who I have met on my tour across the country 

And  to FM Nicola Sturgeon for inspiring me to keep going as a son and campaigner The day she held my mums hand a few weeks before mum  passed away     

Tommy Whitelaw awarded Honorary Master of the Open University

Tommy Whitelaw, Project Engagement Lead for Dementia Carer Voices and long-time campaigner has been awarded an Honorary Master of the Open University for his exceptional contribution to the education of health and social care workers, managers and policy makers on the needs of people living with dementia, their families and carers.
17320678Tommy’s campaigning journey began in 2011 when he undertook a walk round Scotland’s towns and cities to collect hundreds of life story letters from individuals caring for a loved one living with dementia. Tommy was caring for his late mum Joan, who had vascular dementia and felt passionately that no one should have to face the confusion, loneliness and isolation that too often becomes part of the caring experience. Tommy presented these letters at the Scottish Parliament to ensure that real people’s experiences are at the heart of the decision making process.
Since then, he has engaged with thousands of carers through his ‘Tommy on Tour’ blog and as Project Engagement Lead with the Health and Social Care Alliance’s Dementia Carer Voices Project, conducting frequent talks to health and social care professionals, students and carer organisations across Scotland and indeed the UK to raise awareness of the impact of dementia on people and families, and the importance of empowering carers in carrying out their difficult but vital role. He and the team have also made a series of videos which have been used as key learning resources by the Open University, with many students also attending Tommy’s educational seminars to really embed the importance of genuine person centred care.
The team are incredibly proud of Tommy for this incredible achievement, and for the work he does on a daily basis. We would like to say a huge congratulations to Tommy for what is a truly outstanding accomplishment.Tommy Whitelaw-JG
Upon receiving the award, Tommy said:
“I’m really privileged to receive this Honorary Master of the University from the Open University. Arriving home from a talk and receiving the letter the day after my mum’s birthday was particularly special.
The work we do is really based on people and relationships, so I would like to dedicate this to my mum, and my friend and colleague Irene Oldfather’s mum, along with my colleagues Laura and Sarah, and Joyce Cavaye for the nomination.
As a project, we are looking forward to working with the Open University and excited to have the opportunity to work with the future of health and social care.”
Speaking of the award, ALLIANCE Director Irene Oldfather said:
“I first met Tommy in July 2011, a few months after my mum had died.
I was at that time promoting work on the Charter of Rights for People with Dementia that I had started in Parliament. I recognised a kindred spirit.
Within the sadness of Tommy’s story, there was an enthusiasm and determination for change that can only come from the journey of loss that dementia can be.  I say loss – but somehow even within and around that deep daily loss is something that cannot be broken even by dementia – unconditional love. The privilege of caring – a special smile, a small gesture – even when communication is gone, a meaningful shared look can and often does, say it all. And you think – how lucky am I – how lucky am I to have today, with this wonderful amazing beautiful person who did everything for me – my mum?
I don’t think anyone in Scotland has done more to raise awareness and to campaign than Tommy and it is right and fitting that those efforts have been recognised in his Honorary Degree from the Open University.
It is almost four years to the day that I first met Tommy. I am proud of what he has achieved and I know his mum would be too. Sometimes it is from the deepest darkest places that the light shines through. Since that day four years ago Dementia Carer Voices has been set up. We are determined that the light and sparkle of wonderful people will never be diminished even by dementia and that the wonderful mothers of this world will always be remembered. Thank you Tommy for all you do to make that happen.”
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My Name is Tommy,I cared for my wonderful mum Joan

My name is Tommy Whitelaw, and for five years I was a full-time carer for my mum Joan, up until she sadly passed away in September 2012.
At the time my Mum was diagnosed with vascular dementia, I looked at her and thought to myself “it’ll be okay, we’ll get through this.” What I soon learned as her carer, was that dementia was an unpredictable illness which brought many challenges and forced us to adapt to ever-changing routines. Many days we would wake up to discover that everything we had grown accustomed to have suddenly changed again.I wondered whether the struggles I faced were mine and mine alone, and how other carers who had been through the same journey as I was embarking on, had managed to cope. This was the basis behind my first venture in to the world of awareness raising – the‘Tommy On Tour’ campaign, which involved collecting life story letters from people across Scotland caring for a loved one with dementia.
The hundreds of letters I received let me know that the challenges I faced were far from unique to my own situation and I have to say meeting and speaking to others in the same situation was one of the most beneficial things I could have done.
An issue that struck me during my journey caring for my mum was the lack of awareness and understanding of dementia and the way in which we perceive this illness as a wider society.  My door was always open but no one walked through it, people didn’t come to visit us anymore and I truly believe that was down to the stigma surrounding the illness.
Everyone affected by dementia has a unique story to tell and by sharing our experiences we can help to tackle the misunderstandings surrounding dementia and offer hope to people in the same situation.
This is something I am passionate about promoting as I build on my previous awareness raising work, as Project Engagement lead of the Health and Social Care ALLIANCE’s Dementia Carer Voices Project.
The project provides a platform upon which carers can express their views and experiences of caring for a loved one living with dementia, with a view to raising awareness among health and social care professionals, and wider society of its impact on families and the importance of empowering carers in carrying out this difficult but vital role.
A key focus of my talks through the project is to highlight the impact that inspirational health and social care professionals can make to the journeys of carers across Scotland. People who appreciate and understand the unique challenges that dementia brings can be there to prop you up, and I absolutely believe as a carer if I was propped up a little bit with the right help and support, I could have given my Mum the best care and support in the world.
The experience of caring for my Mum undoubtedly brought great challenges, stress, isolation and sadness, but it was a role carried out through love and we enjoyed many touching moments of joy and satisfaction. Those special moments live long in my memory, and gave me a real boost of strength to get through the difficult times, and continue to do so now.
Dementia Carer Voices pledge background
Dementia Carer Voices has now gathered over 4500 personal pledges as part of the “You Can Make a Difference” campaign. The campaign encourages people to listen to the experiences of people who have cared for a loved one with dementia and to think how they can make a positive difference in people’s lives. The team are delighted to have gotten such a strong response, and would like to take this opportunity to reflect on our journey up until now and how we have gotten to this point.
A fundamental aspect of the campaign has been about involvement. Throughout the UK tour, we have engaged with many thousands of  health and social care professionals, students, MSPs and members of the public, and have noticed a distinct increase in the number of pledges we have received when people are encouraged and supported to do so by colleagues and friends. We would therefore like to ask you to share this campaign, to encourage people you know to get involved and make a pledge to make a difference in the lives of people who have dementia, their families and carers. Through our own dedicated blog site, twitter account and website, the campaign is easily shared, and links people to a range of information.
Pledges can be submitted via email, twitter @DementiaCarerVo or on the blog site, and are also collected at every talk. We would very much appreciate it if you would promote this campaign; the talks and our films and encourage people to reflect on what they can do and how they can make a difference.
Dementia Carer Voices took the Make a Difference campaign to the Scottish Parliament in October 2014. View the pledges from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Paul Gray, DG Health and Social Care and Chief Executive, NHSScotland.
NHS Ayrshire & Arran and the University of West Scotland  (UWS)  were key partners in the ‘#make a difference’ pledges and dementia awareness campaign.  This video includes interviews with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Paul Gray, DG Health and Social Care and Chief Executive, NHSScotland, Fiona McQueen (Executive Nurse Director NHS Scotland), Professor Paul Martin (Deputy Principal UWS), Derek T Barron (Associate Nurse Director – Lead Nurse North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership), Janice McAlister (Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Nurse Consultant), Lynn McLaughlin (Senior Charge Nurse).
View the May/June 2015 Dementia Carer Voices Newsletter.  Subscribe to the newslettermailing list.

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Sunday, 2 August 2015

New Talks Added Today 175 talks confirmed 2015

Our Make A Difference tour continues this year across the country .Last year I had the great privilege to speak at 187 events 

we are  truly inspired with over  4000 pledges we received  to date 

 We will be keeping in touch with individuals,Health Boards ,trusts,groups people who have already pledged to try and support encourage and help fulfill 

Looking forward to meeting more Difference Makers this year     

January 2015
·         14.01.15  Speaking at Carers Connect – Dixon Halls
·         23.01.15  6Cs Live Conference, NHS England
·         27.01.15  3 talks at Warrington Dementia Action Alliance Steering Group 
·         28.01.15  National Conference and Graduation Event for Cohort 5 Dementia Champions, Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh

February 2015

·         03.02.15  Advanced Dementia Consultation Event - Irvine 
·         09.02.15  Attending Dementia Programme Board
·         09.02.15  Manchester Police Carers Support Group 
·         10.02.15  Person-Centred Health & Care National Development Day with Dementia Carer Voices  Stand at the Beardmore Hotel & Conference Centre
·         12.02.15  Speaking for Care Companions in Sutton Coldfield 
·         16/17.02.15  3 talks at University Hospital Coventry   
·         19.02.15  Meeting with Cabinet Secretary at Scottish Parliament - Project Report
·         23.02.15  Speaking at King George Hospital, Illford 
·         24.02.15  The Future Mental Health Conference in London, O2 Arena
·         25/26.02.15  Speaking at ALISS Project Workshop at Gathering S.E.C.C
·         26.02.15  Speaking at Dementia Friendly Bishopbriggs Academy

March 2015

·         02.03.15  Speaking at Cumbernauld College HND Students 
·         04.03.15  Dementia Carer Voices stand at NHS Continuing Health Care Scotland, Glasgow 
·         05.03.15  Supporting Carer Leadership Event Via EPIC
·         06.03.15  Speaking at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh 
·         10.03.15  Speaking at Seabank Care Home, Saltcoats
·         11.03.15  NHS Change Day, Derby
·         12.03.15  4 talks - NHS Tayside AHP Forum 
·         12.03.15  Speaking at Abertay University
·         13.03.15  Attending/Stand SSC Ambassadors Conference 
·         16.03.15  2 Workshops at Asset Based Conference, Glasgow 
·         18.03.15  On discussion panel for Focus on Dementia Conference 
·         20.03.15  National Forum Mental Health at Warwick University
·         24.03.15  Speaking at ICO Conference Centre London – Morning 
·         25.03.15 2 talks  GCU  Nursing and SW  students
·         24.03.15  Speaking at Burton Hospital - Pledges the next steps – Afternoon
·         26.03.15  Stirling University, Highland Campus 
·         26.03.15  Speaking care inspectorate Invernness 
·         26.03.15  RCN Highland Branch 
·         27.03.15  West of Scotland College Paisley 
·         30.05.15  Speaking at Self Management Story 2 talks Telling Event, Dundee 
·         31.03.15  Speaking at Masterclass End Of Life Care, NHS Forth Valley

April 2015
·         01.04.15  Speaking at Making Links Event in Mitchell Library
·         01.04.15  Cross Party Working Group on Dementia, Glasgow City Chambers
·         01.04.15  Speaking with Amanda Focus On Dementia at UWS  
·         07.04.15  Speaking at Pendine Park, Wrexham
·         08.04.15  Social Work Students GCU 
·         14..04.15 Speaking Hull 4 talks 
·         15.04.15  Speaking at 6Cs Conference, Sleaford 
·         16/17.04.15  Hospital Caterers Association National Conference , Glasgow Hilton
·         21.04.15  Speaking at Trust Dementia Conference at Midland Arts Centre, Birmingham
·         24.04.15  2 Talks – TEWY Country Durham, GP Surgeries
·         29.04.15 Raithgates Care Home in Kirkcaldy Fife Council 

May 2015 

·         05.05.15  Dementia Programme Board – Edinburgh
·         07.05.15  Abersford care home Ardrossan 
·         10.05.15  Guest AberdeenFC  with AVCO 
·         12.05.15  Royal Wolverhampton – Nurses Day
·         12.05.15  Speaking at Nursing Conference, Loughborough University 
·         14.05.14  Speaking at Hertfordshire International Nurses Day Conference
·         19.05.15  3 talks Bart’s health NHS Trust 
·         20.05.15  Hinchingbrooke  Hospital, Cambridge
·         21.05.15  Stafford county hospital
·         22.05.15  Speaking Blackpool Victoria Hospital Nurses Conference    
·         26.05.15  Speaking NHS Borders patient experience/stories
·         27.05.15  Speaking Larkhall Community Growers
·         28.05.15  Speaking at Competency update event, Edinburgh 
·         29.05.15  Speaking Nairn 

June 2015

·         01.06.15  Speaking Napier house Glenrothes 
·         03.06.15  Speaking HW Essex - Chelmsford 
          04.06.15  speaking Broomfield Hospial Essex 
          05..06.15 live web cast for Scottish Ambulance Service 
·         08.06.15  Speaking Future-Focused Finance (morning )
·         08.06.15  Live radio guest Jeremy Vine show carers week launch (Mid-Day)
·         09.06.15 -  3 talks Nottingham University Hospitals 
·         10.06.15  Speaking Wakefield  Shaping the future of dementia care
·         17.06.15  Speaking at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary
15.06.15  Speaking at I Care Conference, University of Bedfordshire, Luton 

·19.06.15  Speaking at Nursing Conference, Oxleas
·         18.06.15  Scottish Ambulance Academy
·         22.06.15  Scottish Ambulance Academy
·         23.06.15  Speaking  NHS Scotland conference workshop   12:30-13.30
·         24.06.15  Speaking NHS Scotland conference workshop 11:30-.12.30
           24.06.15 on Couch session NHS Scotland Conference 
·         26.06.15  Speaking Cameron House Inverness 
·         25.06.15  ALLAINCE Scotland Conference 
·         29.06.15 Speaking GHA housing support workers 

  July 2015 
                      01.07.15 East Riding Carers Celbration
                      04.07.15 kingsmill CareHome Inverness 
·         07.07.15  Social Workers Barrhead Health and Care Centre
·         09.07.15  Speaking Newcastle Transforming Participation Forum
·         17th,24th,30th,31st Darlington hospital 
            22.07.15 Canterbury University 
·         27.07.15  speaking Arran 
            28.06.15 nursing workshop hatfield 

August 2015 

·         03.08.15  Darlington Hospital
           04.08.15 East Ren CHCP.
           04.08.15 Possilpark Health Centre
           07.08.15 Long term Conditions - Public Health NHSGG
           12.08.15 Annam Cara

September 2015 

·         03.09.15  Teesside University Nursing Conference
          08.10.15 NHS Fife
·          09,10,11th September 3 Day Tour with NHS Dumfries and Galloway
           16.09.15 University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Trust
             17.09.15 speaking UWS Paisley Campus 2 Talks 
              18.09.15 Speaking UWS Ayr Campus 2 talks 
                 21.09.15 speaking sunshine house Wigan
                            22.06.15 speaking bereavement conference
        23.09.15 talks with Ben #Valumaker 
·         25.09.15  Speaking HFMA South West Branch Executive Committee

28.09.15 QNI annual conference 
29.09.15 masters in healthcare leadership east of England 

October 2015

01.10.15 mnnd event Dublin 
                       05.10.15 Huddersfield University 
                      0910.15 GCU nursing Students 
·         10.10.15  Chester Plus Mental Health Awareness 
12th, 13th 14th & 14th .10.15 tour with HW Essex 

16.10.15 UWS Dumfries Campus 

22.10.15 speaking always events London 
·         23.10.15  Speaking HMFA The Eastern Branch Annual Conference 

November 2015 

02.11.15 speaking NHS Fife learning session 
·         05.11.15  Speaking Shrewsbury 
·         06.11.15  Speaking ACAP (ACAP nurses ) Conference
11.11.15 Gartnavel diabetic Patients Group
18.11.15 Speaking Age UK Annual. 
19.11.15 speaking Clips conference 
          20.11.15 Health Education West Midlands NHS
           24.11.15   PCHC Conference Glasgow 
·         26.11.15  RCN Birmingham 
           27.11.15 Healthcare Support Worker Conference Oxleas 

February 2016 

          25.02.16  Alzheimer Scotland summer ball Inverness   

March 2016 

Parliament Poster 1 Parliament Poster 2 Parliament Poster 3 Parliament Poster 4
Make a difference 2014 

            20.01.14  Letters, Life and Love Stories Concert    
·         21.01.14  Spoke at Peace Hospice, Watford    
·         22.01.14  Spoke at 6C's Live Event, London   
·         27.01.14  Spoke at Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham   
·         28.01.14  Spoke at BCDA dignity event, Birmingham 

·         03.02.14  University of Edinburgh - Nursing Students  
·         04.02.14  Stow College - Health and Social Care Students   
·         05.02.14  St Andrew's Hospice - Airdrie   
·         06.02.14  Presentation to Crosshouse Hospital NHSaaa  
·         06.02.14  University of Abertay    
·         17.02.14  Royal College of Nursing  
·         18.02.14  8 Pillar Test Sites Learning Session 1   
·         19.02.14  NHS Fife - Dementia Champions   
·         20.02.14  University of Edinburgh - MSC Integrated Service Improvement  
·         24.02.14  NHS Highland Palliative Care Event  
·         25.02.14 NHS Grampian/ Robert Gordon University NHS Grampian - Presentation  to board and 4 talks at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary to medical students in ARI.
·         26.02.14  NHS Grampian / Robert Gordon University - Moray College Elgin and Acorn Centre Inverurie
·         27.02.14  NHS Grampian / Robert Gordon University – 4 talks to nursing students  

·         03.03.14  NHS England Expo Manchester
·         04.03.14   NHS England Expo Manchester
·         05.03.14  Inverary Talk - Caring Connections and the focus is on creating a person centred network in Argyll and Bute, across health, social care and third sector  
·         07.03.14  Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh   
·         11.03.14  Senior Charge Nurses event – Beardmore Conference Centre   
·         12.03.14  Monklands Hospital, Airdrie  
·         17.03.14  Reid Kerr Collage Nursing Students
·         17.03.14  NHSGGC Tour Western Infirmary 3rd Floor Function Suite 1-2pm and 2.30-3.30pm (2 talks)
·         18.03.14  NHSGGC Tour Inverclyde Royal IRH Education Centre Upstairs 1-2pm and 2.30-3.30pm (2 talks)
·         19.03.14  Year 1 addiction sessions - Glasgow Caledonian University   
·         20.03.14  NHSGGC Tour Royal Alexandria Hospital Medical Education Lecture Theatre 1-2pm and 2.30-3.30pm (2 talks)
·         21.03.14  Gartnavel General Hospital Lecture Theatre Post Graduate Centre 1-2pm and 2.30-3.30pm (2 talks)
·         24.03.14  NHSGGC Tour Western Infirmary 3rd Floor Function Suite 1-2pm and 2.30-3.30pm (2 talks)
·         26.03.14  Dementia Post-Diagnostic Support HEAT Target Event - Beardmore Conference Centre   
·         28.03.14  James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough   

·         31.03.14  NHSGGC Tour Royal Alexandria Hospital Lecture Theatre 2 1-2pm and 2.30-3.30pm (2 talks)   

·         01.04.14  NHSGGC Tour Gartnavel General Hospital Boardroom 1-2pm and 2.30-3.30pm (2 talks)   
·         02.04.14. NHSGGC Tour Western Infirmary 3rd Floor Function Suite 1-2pm and 2.30-3.30pm (2 talks)
·         03.04.14  OT forum East Renfrewshire (morning)
·         08.04.14  NHSD&G Tour - Waverly Medical Centre Open session x2 and Palmerston Football Club Closed Session (Invite only)
·         09.04.14 NHSD&G Tour - Conference Room Crichton Hall Open session x2 and Alzheimer Scotland Resource Centre, Gordon Street meet and greet with lunch.
·         10.04.14  NHSD&G Tour - Tribunal Room Midpark Hospital Open session, Conference room Crichton Hall Session with dementia champions and Howgill Centre, Treastaigh, Annan Open session
·         10.04.14 Masterclass Caledonian University
·         21.04.14 Maple Villa Livingston Dementia unit for challenging behaviours
·         22.04.14 speaking Sandywells NHSGG staff conference 
·         24.04.14 Speaking opening of Dementia Friendly Kent 
·         28.04.14  NHSGGC Tour Glasgow Royal Infirmary Boardroom 1-2pm and 2.30-3.30pm (2 talks)    
·         29.04.14. NHSGGC Tour Victoria Infirmary Practice Development Classroom 1-2pm and 2.30-3.30pm (2 talks)  
·         30.04.14. NHSGGC Tour Vale of Leven MR1 1-2pm and 2.30-3.30pm (2 talks)

·         01.05.14 Speaking Sunshine House Wigan
·         06.05.14 Hosting Webinar NHS England Leeds International Nurses week  
·         06.05.14  NHSGGC Tour  Glasgow Royal Infirmary Boardroom 1-2pm and 2.30-3.30pm (2 talks)    
·         07.05.14 Speaking Care Inspectorate Conference  
·         08.05.14 NHS Borders Dementia Awareness Event  
·         09.05.14  NHSAA Crosshouse Hospital 
·         12.04.14 Carers Dementia Support Group Edinburgh
·         13.05.14 Unveiling plague at Heartlands Hospital Birmingham
·         14.05.14  Scottish Practice Nurse Association Conference – Perth
·         15.05.14  NHSAA Ayr Hospital
·         19.05.14  ALLIANCE Annual Conference – Pollock Halls Edinburgh
·         20.05.14  Speaking at University of Abertay
·         22.05.14  NHSAA Crosshouse Hospital
·         22.05.14  Ardeer Centre, Stevenson - Care at Home Frontline staff event
·         27.05.14  NHSAA Ayr Hospital
·         27.05.14  Person Centred Care Conference – Make a difference stand 
·         28.05.14  Person Centred Care Conference – Make a difference stand 
·         20.05.14  Speaking at Moray College – 8 pillars Launch

·         03.06.14  Speaking at County Hall – Irvine for North Ayrshire Council
·         03.06.14  NHS Annual Conference - attending
·         04.06.14  NHS Annual Conference – attending
·         05.06.14  Speaking at Voluntary Action South Ayrshire Conference
·         06.06.14  NHSGGC Podiatry Development Day
·         10.06.14  Speaking at SG dementia event
·         11.06.14  NHSAA Ayr Hospital 
·         12.06.14  Brooksby Medical Centre, Largs - North Ayrshire Council Staff and carers
·         13.06.14  Central Borders Conference
·         17.06.14  Speaking to Birmingham Social Workers Seminar
·         18.06.14  Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust and Rowley Regis Hospital
·         18.06.14  Salford University – Nursing and Social Work Students 
·         19.06.14 Meeting Cabinet Secretary for Health Parliament 
·         19.06.14 NHSAA Crosshouse Hospital
·         20.06.14  Speaking at Southern General - NHSGGC
·         20.06.14  NHSAA Ayr Hospital 
·         25.06.14  Speaking at COSLA Event  - Link worker project
·         25.06.2014 Speaking at Care Inspectorate, Administration Staff
·         26.06.14  NHSAA Ayr Hospital
·         26.06.14  Speaking at Beardmore conference centre – Facing the future together 
·         27.06.14  Speaking in Birmingham – Masterclass to Social care sector via BCDA
·         30.06.14  NHSAA Crosshouse Hospital

·         01.07.14  Attending Cuppa Club – Albany Centre
·         02.07.14  Dementia Café with Croy, Ayrshire
·         03.07.14  Speaking #BeGoodBeSocial Scotland's third sector social media gathering
·         08.07.14  North Wales Dementia Tweet-up Conference
·         09.07.14 Speaking Essex Lloyds launch   
·         15.07.14 Sunflower Dementia Gardens, Wrexham Hospital
·         23.07.14 Speaking at Carr Gomm Community Event Argyll and Bute
·         24.07.14 Person Centred Talks with Person Centred Greater Glasgow and Clyde
·         28.07.14 Cuppa Club, Glasgow
·         30.07.14 Dementia Conference Warrington Hospital

·         07.08.14 Speaking to Occupational Therapy Team South Ayrshire
·         11.08.14  Speaking Crosshouse Hospital NHSAA
·         12.08.14 Attending Promoting Excellence Board

·         15.08.14  Speaking at Ayr Hosptial NHSAA
·         20.08.14 Speaking at Quarriers Bridge of Weir Event
·         26.08.14 Speaking at North Ayrshire Council for Tony Fisher 
·         27.08.14  Speaking at Drumchapel Hospital 
·         29.08.14  Session for Social Media for Social Good in Glasgow
·         29.08.14  The Crossreach Dementia Ambassadors Conference in Perth

·         1.09.14 Speaking at Teeside University, Nursing students
·         09.09.14  NHS Highland Tour – Belford Hospital Fort William
·         16.09.14 Speaking Glasgow University, Nursing Students
·         17.09.14 Speaking at Warrick University
·         18.09.14  Speaking at Burton Hospital, Burton on Trent
·         19.09.14 University West of Scotland Ayr; 2 talks
·         26.09.14 Hertfordshire University

·         01.10.14 Speaking Ailsa Hospital, Ayrshire
·         03.10.14 End of Life Care Event, City Hospital Birmingham
·         04.10.14  Portobello Book Festival
·         7-9 10 14 DCV Exhibition stand at SG
·         08.10.14  6Cs Live Conference in Birmingham NHS England
·         10.10.14 Lanarkshire Acute Care for Older People
·         14.10.14 Hope Café Lanarkshire
·         15.1014   Abertay University 
·         20.10.14  Speaking at City Hospital Birmingham
·         21.10.14  Filming Make a Difference Film with NHSAA
·         22.10.14  Filming find your voice at the ALLIANCE
·         23.10.14  Speaking at Dundee University
·         24.10.14  2 events – Social workers in Warrington
·         27-30.10.14  NHS Highland Tour – 12 Talks
·         31.10.14  HMFA Scotland Conference in Perth
·         31.10.14  Citizens Advice Direct AGM (Evening)

·         03.11.14  Sunderland City Hospital - Planning for your future care conference 
·         07.11.14. Speaking at Burton Hospital
·         12.11.14  Wolverhampton End of Life Care Conference
·         13.11.14  NHS Western Isles Tour (Moved to Feb)
·         17.11.14  Speaking to Glasgow University Nursing Students
·         19/11/14  NHS Tayside Podiatrist Conference  
·         20.11.14  Derbyshire NHS Trust End of Life Conference (Moved to December)
·         21.11.14  Speaking to Nursing Students Hertfordshire University
·         24.11.14  Speaking at Retreat in York
·         26.11.14  Protected Learning Time GP Practices, Murrayfield

·         02.12.14  NHSGGC Learning Session
·         02.12.14  General Practice Conference in Lothian 
·         04.12.14  Derbyshire NHS Trust End of Life Conference
·         05.12.14  Cohort13 Senior Charge Nurse Conference
·         05.12.14  Social Media for Social Good Event
·         11.12.14  Speaking at North Cumbria Hospital
·         15 +16.12.14  5 talks for Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Trusts 
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