Are you a carer?





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






If you're a carer and you'd like to send a letter in, you can post it to Tommy on Tour, 39 crosslee street glasgow g521sl. You can also email it to tommy@i-woz-there.com

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Tour with NHS Highland confirmed October #inverness #Oban #Wick #FortWilliam

                                                  




With great thanks to Ruth Mantle Dementia Nurse Consultant ,Mamie Thompson Head of engagement NHS Highland for the wonderful opportunity  to tour together again across the areas the Board covers this October 

We had a wonderful few days of joint talks  in Inverness last year ,in fact this was the springboard for the make a difference tour that followed

So a BIG thank you to all the team and I am very much looking forward to touring with everyone finding more about the work and initiatives across Highland and doing some make a difference talks together

We are still finalizing dates and places and I will update the final itinerary soon

You can follow Ruth @ruth_mantle  and Mamie @nhshmt  on twitter for updates



Thank you team NHS Highland

Tommy      

Travel up by train from Glasgow to Wick Sunday 26th October

 CAITHNESS GENERAL HOSPITAL (CGH)Wick
 Older People in Acute Hospital North Practitioner Group  10- 10.45

 meet Dementia Champion and other local Champions

Post-Graduation Session (CGH) 12.30- 2PM (and also allow for questions and conversation afterwards).


CENTRE for HEALTH SCIENCES Inverness 



Fort William



LORN & ISLANDS HOSPITAL, OBAN




Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Speaking care at home and tele care staff North Ayrshire Council Tuesday



Speaking care at home and tele care staff North Ayrshire Council Tuesday

With great thanks to Tony Fisher from North Ayrshire Council for the kind invite to speak to speak next week at a  Care at Home and tele care,event-Front Line Staff Event on Tuesday 26 August
in the Ardeer Community Centre in Stevenston. The event will be attended and addressed by Councillor Robert Steel who is the Carers Champion in North Ayrshire  staff will also  hear presentations on
the Dementia Support Service,engagement with service users and telecare.


I have had the great privilege to speak for Tony before at quite a few event across Ayrshire in fact I was a guest speaker a few week ago in Largs for him and look forward to attending and speaking again



You can get more info on the great  work North Ayrshire Dementia support services do at the links here

Tommy

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
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Speaking Teesside University Student Led-patient safetyConference #tupsc14 September 1st

Hi

With great thanks to Michelle Hudson for the kind invite to speak at the Teesside University Student led 2 day Conference on September 1st & 2nd
I Follow and have been following  Michelle on Twitter @catmichelle76 for quite some time and look very much forward to meeting in person

Thank you Michelle and all concerned for the kind invite and opportunity  to both attend and speak at the event

Tommy












 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
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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Starting college HNC Working with Communities 2 year course Anniesland Campus

 


hi
with great thanks to Ian ,Irene Veronica and the ALLIANCE for the support and opportunity to start a 2 year college course on working with communities
The project started from my bedroom whilst caring for my mum and now a 3 year Scottish Government project at the ALLIANCE

 is with hard work from all the team growing and its of great importance I grow with the project 

so step One is the college course with a few more steps being worked on and announced soon        

HNC Working with Communities

This course is designed to provide people who are actively working within the community the opportunity to gain credit and recognition for skills, qualities and learning gained through their experience.

Course content

Community Learning & Development:
  • Accountability for and Management of Resources 
  • Learning Approaches 
  • Group Work 
  • Principles and Practice 
  • Social Science Approaches 
  • Workplace Practice 
  • Group Award Graded Unit
  • Adult Learning 
  • Capacity Building 
  • Promoting Health in Community 
  • Working with Young People 

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
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You Can Make A Difference Tour -170 Talks - Make A Pledge Make A Difference

       


You can make a difference!  


Campaign tells staff "You Can Make A Difference" for people with dementia and their carers



The Health and Social Care ALLIANCE’s Dementia Carer Voices project is embarking on an exciting new campaign for 2014, calling upon Scotland’s Health and Social Care professionals to consider how they can assist people with dementia and their carers.
The team will be taking the You Can Make A Difference’ > campaign to staff across the country to highlight that no matter what their role, everyone working in Health and Social Care Services has the potential to transform the lives and experiences of people with dementia and their carers, often in seemingly small ways. Staff will be given the opportunity to reflect on carer’s personal stories and make a pledge based on one key message or action that they will take away and apply to their everyday practice to make a difference. 
Some of the pledges received so far include;
“I pledge to listen with open ears and and open heart.”
“I pledge to view the person I care for as all that they have been, they are and all that they can be.”
“I pledge to take the time to speak to the person’s family and provide support to make their lives as fulfilling as possible.”
Tommy Whitelaw, Dementia Carer Voices Project Engagement Lead, 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. In my case it was a district nurse who not only gave me practical advice about how to take care of my mum, but sat down, put her arm around me and told me ‘You’re doing all right. You can make that difference.”

You Can Read All The Pledges Here http://dementiacarervoices.wordpress.com/

Tour dates 

·         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
·         15.07.14  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
·         08+09.09.14  NHS Highland Tour
·         16.09.14 Speaking Glasgow University, Nursing Students
·         17.09.14 Speaking at Warrick University
·         18.08.14  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
·         20.10.14 Speaking at City Hospital Birmingham
·         22.10.14 Speaking at Glasgow Caledonian University
·         23.10.14  2 events – Social workers in Warrington
·         27-30.10.14  NHS Highland Tour
·         31.10.14  Citizens Advice Direct AGM
·         31.10.14  HMFA Scotland Conference in Perth


·         03.11.14  Sunderland City Hospital - Planning for your future care conference
·         12.11.14  Wolverhampton End of Life Care Conference
·         13.11.14  NHS Western Isles Tour
·         20.11.14 Derbyshire NHS Trust End of Life Conference
·         26.11.14 Protected Learning Time GP Practices, Murrayfield

·         02.12.14  NHSGGC Learning Session
·         05.12.14  Cohort13 Senior Charge Nurse Conference