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 tommy.whitelaw@alliance-scotland.org.uk

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Make a Difference - Lanarkshire Care Homes August 30th -

Hi 

With great thanks to Lynn Flannigan @lynnflannigan1 Lanarkshire Care Home Liaison Physiotherapist Law House for the kind invite and for arraigning a event on August 30th at Udston Hospital Hamilton from 09:3- 11:30 am 

 Places are free and can be booked via e mail VIA  Marion.Reid@Lanarkshire.Scot.nhs.uk


With great thanks to Lynn and all the team for this kind opportunity to take part  


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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Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Celebrating people and You can Make a Difference Pledges at the NHS EXPO September 7th

HI


I am so very honoured to be invited to speak at the NHS EXPO on our ' Make A Difference' campaign and tour on September 7th 

We have now received an incredible  10,000 personal pledges from Individuals,Hospitals,Care Homes,Universities and Colleges on how they will make a difference for people living with dementia families,carers and colleagues


I had the great experience to speak at the EXPO a few years ago at the beginning of the campaign,So its so very lovely to be returning  to give a update 
I will be taking part in the session with my great friends Paul Jebb @pauljebb1  Exp of Care Professional Lead, @NHSEngland. Hon Snr Lec  and Jen Kenward  @Jenkenward Experience of Care Lead - community, primary & integrated care   who will speaking about 'Turning good intentions into a purposeful action' on how and where people can find support on the pledges made this session will be at Central 8 at 12 o'clock 

I feel this is a great opportunity to both celebrate and help support the incredible people and pledges we have met and received along the way 

I am  also very honored to be invited to speak at a second session later that day  from 4 pm till 4:20 at Central 5,6,7

Once i have the timings for both talks  I will update this blog post 

There are many people to thank for this amazing opportunity here are a few 

Jane Cummings CNO  @NHSEngland                             @JaneMCummings 
Neil Churchill  Director for Patient Experience   @neilchurchill
Paul Jebb  Exp of Care Professional Lead, @NHSEngland          @pauljebb1 
Jen Kenward   Experience of Care Lead -            @Jenkenward
Nicole Fisher NHS England Team Manager- Older People’s Mental Health and Dementia

Thank you for this wonderful opportunity to share the pledges people and  work of our Dementia Carer Voices project 


What’s on offer from Health and Care Innovation Expo 2016? 
  • Two main stages, with speakers including NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens, comedian and mental health campaigner Ruby Wax, and international digital healthcare expert Professor Bob Wachter MD. Our list of high profile speakers continues to grow, with further national and international experts confirmed every week.
  • More than 100 expert-led sessions in our pop-up university, with targeted sessions led by key national organisations and directorates
  • Detailed, professionally-focussed seminars and activities in dedicated satellite sessions
Four feature zones, each running their own speaker agenda across two days: NHS Right CareNew Models of CarePersonalised Medicine and Digital Health

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 July 2016

Friday speaking Blackpool Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust

Hi

With great thanks to Jo Blofield  Adult Community Services Network – Central Lancs & BwD and all at  Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust for the kind invite to speak on Friday in Blackpool and launch ' You Can Make a Difference ' across the trust 


I am so very honoured to be invited and look forward to meeting everyone on the day 

tommy 







Friday, 15 July 2016

honoured to be opening new Dementia bays at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospital July 25th

Hi
I would like to thank Louisa Daly, Head of Patient Experience and Involvement,all the team Ashford & St Peters Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for inviting me back to the hospital to take part in the opening. of the new dementia bays at St Peter’s Hospital on Monday 25th July 12.30-2.00pm.
i have had the great honour to speak at the hospital before You can read about our previous visit here.
The dementia bays are situated within the care of the Elderly wards and the objective of the project is to “Enhance the Healing Environment”. The environment has been adapted, taking guidance from current research, through using colours and minor alterations to create a calm, therapeutic environment for people with dementia and their loved ones.
also very honored  to be asked  give two talks during the day, which i am very much look forward to.
Thanks you Louisa and all the team for this kind invite and great Honor 


Tommy 

Team photo April 2016

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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Thursday, 14 July 2016

Register for Launch of Neurological Programme at the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland

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Alliance Health and Social Care
ALLIANCE Neurological Programme

Launch of Neurological Programme at the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland

This new programme, funded by the Scottish Government aims to strengthen the voice of the neurological community and build capacity of the third sector to contribute to the development and implementation of policy and practice. 

With the integration of health and social care it is important that programme activities work across sectors to highlight issues and ensure people are listened to at individual, local and national levels.  To develop and realise this programme the ALLIANCE will work in partnership with people living with neurological conditions, their carers and families and the organisations and staff that support them.

Do you live with a neurological condition or care for someone who does?  Does your organisation support people who are living with neurological conditions? 

There are several ways to get involved:

·         Attend one of our stakeholder or network events (see below)
·         Subscribe to our ebulletin
·         Email gillian.fergusson@alliance-scotland for more information and to share your views


Programme aims

The Neurological Programme aims to:

·         Develop a strong neurological community across the ALLIANCE membership and programmes
·         Increase the impact of the voice of people living with neurological conditions
·         Engage with Health and Social Care Partnerships
·         Support implementation of the National Clinical Strategy

 Events
  • Our Stakeholder event is aimed at organisations who support people living with neurological conditions and their carers.  The event will present an opportunity to meet others working in the sector, to hear about the programme and to contribute comments and ideas on the priorities for neurological conditions.. Please join us on the 28th July 10am – 12pm at the ALLIANCE offices.
     
  • The Involvement Network event is looking for people with lived experience of neurological conditions to come forward and share their views and experience to help influence policy and practice. We want to know what matters to you and what changes would you like to see?  Please join us on the 18th August 10.30am – 12.30pm at the ALLIANCE offices.
Meet the team
·         Paula_AS.jpgAlliance4.jpgIrene Oldfather; Director  Irene.oldfather@alliance-scotland.org.uk
·         Programme Development and Engagement
o   Gillian Fergusson  Gillian.fergusson@alliance-scotland.org.uk

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 Aspiring Chief Executive program delivered by the NHS Leadership Academy July 26th


Hi 

With great thanks to Lisa Oldfield, Programme Coordinator for the NHS Leadership Academy, and Chris Lake, Head of Professional Development, for inviting me back speak at the next cohort of the asprirng NHS Chief Executives programme

I had the great honour to speak last year at the first event and to meet the people who have signed up on the course .You can read more about that day from the post from our DCV blog below 
I am so honoured to be invited back to meet the new delegates attending this inspiring course 




Tommy was asked to facilitate a workshop on Making a Difference at the Aspiring Chief Executive program delivered by the NHS Leadership Academy on the 16th December in Leeds.
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We’d like to thank Lisa Oldfield, Programme Coordinator for the NHS Leadership Academy, and Chris Lake, Head of Professional Development, for inviting Tommy to speak. As a team we were really honoured to open this new programme aimed at the next generation of NHS Chief Executives.
It was an honour to speak at the event and read all the pledges from the day.
To make sure that I listen to the voice of carers and patients before I make decisions-and that I involve them in helping to make and drive improvements.
I pledge to always ensure that all conversations that I am involved in about a patient, refer to them by their name and not “Bed 24” or “The lady with pneumonia” –Richard Jenhins
Continue to champion and support our acute trust dementia programme at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust-Dr Andrew Catto
To stop, listen, hear before I try and intervene or make a suggestion that might not be right for the person I am trying to help-Josie
I pledge to listen to carers and their families so I can help in any I can to make a difference in their lives-Hughie Mills
To make a positive difference at least once per day for the people I work for and with and mainly the patients I care for-Denyse Ghisayawan
To make sure that anyone who asks for my help will get the right help they need either by myself or someone who maybe in a better position to fulfil it.
I pledge to find the difference that only I can make, and make that difference everyday-Deborah Lee
My pledge is to work tirelessly to create the culture where kindness is king and time is made for people’s stories to be told-Erin Wilkinson-Brice
I pledge to encourage the art of conversation in the organisation ‘Change the dynamic, change the outcome’
My pledge is to listen to people and their carers, to understand what is important to them and do what I can do to help make that happen-Suzanne Tracey
My pledge is to keep doing what I am, listening, understand each and every one as an ‘individual’ and keep increasing awareness and understanding where I can-Nicola Binns
I will ask people what and who matters to them and try to help them achieve their dreams-Jill Copeland
For my organisation to listen more to carers and make their voice count-Silas Nicholls


You can learn more about NHS Leadership Academy: www.leadershipacademy.nhs.uk  or follow the great work they do on Twitter: @nhsleadership

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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Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Self Management Week and Awards 2016




Self Management Week and Awards 2016

Self Management Week 2016 is running between 3rd October and 7th October.

This year, the theme is ‘Powerful Partnerships’.

·         How can a powerful partnership transform your life and our services?
·         Has a powerful partnership helped you to self manage?
·         How does working in partnership help you and others to self manage?

Self Management Awards 2016

We will be holding the annual Self Management Awards on the Tuesday 4thOctober 2016 at the Garden Lobby, Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh.
Has a truly powerful partnership helped you to self manage? Nominate them today to recognise their excellent work and share the good practice throughout Scotland.

You can submit a nomination to the following categories:

·         Self Management Supporting Health and Social Care Partnership of the Year
·         Self Management Project of the Year
·         Self Management Supporting Community of the Year
·         Best Self Management Resource
·         Individual Transformational Story of the Year
·         Innovative Partnership Idea of the Year

A nomination form and more information can be downloaded here.

If you have any queries, please contact a member of the Self Management Week team at the ALLIANCE on 0141 4040231 or email: smw@alliance-scotland.org.uk

Closing date for nominations is 5th August 2016 at 5pm.


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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Monday, 11 July 2016

Speaking Ayrshire & Arran CareHOME Dementia / Delirium Conference July18th Crosshouse Hospital

hi 

With great thanks to my great friend Janice McAlister Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Nurse Consultant.Mental Health Services NHS Ayrshire & Arran/University of the West of Scotland for the kind invite to speak at the  Ayrshire & Arran CareHome Dementia / Delirium Conference July 18th Crosshouse Hospital 

I have proudly worked with Janice before on our Make a difference tour with 14 talks across Ayr Hospital ,Crosshouse Hospital University West of Scotland and at Ayr town hall 


Thank you Janice for the kind invite to take part 









Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Read Our July edition of the Dementia Carer Voices Project’s 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 highlights include the ALLIANCE’s National Conference, The RCN Congress with Project Engagement Lead Tommy Whitelaws Key Note Talk .Hairmyres Hospital Pledge tree, and Director Irene Oldfather and Project Engagement Lead Tommy Whitelaw attending an EESC Dementia Debate in Brussels.

Team photo April 2016





Applications for Carers Parliament now live!

One of the Scottish Government’s key manifesto commitments was to establish a Carers Parliament. This is a forum providing carers, young carers, and carer representatives from across Scotland an opportunity to discuss and debate matters important to them.
The Scottish Government has commissioned Carers Scotland, on behalf of National Carer Organisations, to organise and manage the Carers Parliament. A Steering Group involving key stakeholders has also been established to oversee the development, management, and evaluation of each Carers Parliament.
Scottish Ministers, MSPs, and other decision makers will be able to hear directly from carers, to hear of their knowledge and experiences, and participate in debates and discussions.
There will be two delegates from each of the 73 Scottish Parliamentary constituencies.
The ballot, conducted by carers on the Steering Group, will be held in late July with successful delegates informed in early August.
The most recent Carers Parliament took place on October 6, 2015 at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh.  The 5th event takes place on November 2, 2016 at Edinburgh Conference Centre, Heriot Watt University.



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, 5 July 2016

Honoured to attend The Opening of the Fifth Session of the Scottish Parliament

With great thanks  to Humza Yousaf MSP who kindly nominated  me for a Local Hero Award which involved attending the opening of the Fifth Session of the Scottish Parliament
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‘Tommy has worked relentlessly in highlighting the issue of dementia and in trying to improve the quality of life of people with dementia and their carers.’ Humza Yousaf MSP
The project would also like to give a massive thanks to Humza for nominating Tommy for his work. As part of the day, Tommy got to see Her Majesty The Queen when she departed the Scottish Parliament following Her Address to Members of the Scottish Parliament, before then joining  other guests as part of the Riding.

The Riding – is an historic procession that makes its way down the Royal Mile to the Parliament.  The Riding was a vibrant spectacle that brings together musicians and dancers along with Members and their guests, Local Heroes and representatives from a wide range of organisations from right across Scotland. It was an exciting opportunity to take part in such a historic event and celebrate the work we have done over the last 3 years.
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Speaking about the day, Project Engagement Lead Tommy Whitelaw said ‘I was so very honoured  to attend such a wonderful and inspiring day, and was very hounred that my great friend and colleague Gavin Patterson came along to support. There where so many inspiring people and stories to be heard including our friend Marri Welsh from Food Train Scotland North Ayrshire who was nominated for the great work that she does across communities.’
Thank you Humza for the kind nomination and to all for such a wonderful day