Saturday, 9 December 2017

‘What Matters to You? launches summary report for 2017

What Matters to You? launches summary report looking back at What Matters to You? Day 2017.

The  2017 What Matters to You? Day (WMTY Day) took place on 6 June and was an opportunity to encourage and support more meaningful conversations and focus on the wants and needs of people receiving care and support. This year WMTY Day saw participation from over 1000 individuals and teams from across 30 countries set up ‘What Matters to You?’ activities in their local areas. What Matters to You? has now launched a summary report (This link will take you away from our website) of WMTY Day 2017.
Dementia Carer Voices UK Lead, Tommy Whitelaw, represents The ALLIANCE on the What matters to You? Steering Group and has been working with carers and people with long term conditions to find out what matters to them. Tommy has been working actively to promote the importance of meaningful conversations and the day itself at all of his events.
In June he interviewed Shona Robison MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport (This link will take you away fro our website), about what matters to her. Please take a moment to see all our WMTY case studies on the brand-new ALLIANCE website.
ALLIANCE Director, Irene Oldfather said,
“Dementia Carer Voices is delighted to be represented on the Steering Group of this meaningful project. What Matters to You? Day is a great opportunity to emphasise the importance of asking people what matters to them and encouraging person centred care. I urge everyone to read this summary report and Dementia Carer Voices looks forward to working with What Matters to You? in the future.”
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 December 2017

My mums name was Joan ,my Mum Had Dementia - our Story 9 Short Films

Tommy’s speech, providing a carer’s perspective,  on the theme of “No – one ever asked >” highlighted the transformational impact that listening, kindness and understanding made to his journey as a carer, and the importance of looking beyond a person’s diagnosis to engage with them as an individual.

If you would like to access further information about the Collaborative and to view presentations from the latest learning session, please click here.


In 2011 Tommy produced a short film in conjunction with Alzheimer Scotland. The video, which was later shown at the Scottish Parliament, includes families and carers reading from the letters they sent him during his dementia awareness tour of Scotland’s towns and cities. To view the FILM http://tv.enterprisescreen.co.uk/watch?v=347



 Putting the Care into Dementia Care

This training film is a collaboration between Health watch Essex, staff at Broomfield Hospital and Dementia Carer Voices







Interview for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

 Patients’ Stories Library

The NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde's Patients' Stories Library for Hospital Staff aims to use patients’ and carers’ experiences to look at how acute services can be improved.
Tommy shared his story with frontline staff working across NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, including the Ward staff that cared for his mother at the Southern General hospital. His film interview was also shown across a number of NHSGGC hospital sites during Carers Week 2013 to help raise awareness amongst staff about the importance of supporting carers in contributing to delivering person centred care. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36_Y_3y0yXM

Dementia Carer Voices where proud to tour with Healthwatch across Essex back in October 2015.  You can view the blog post and pledges from the few days here. 
Thanks to every one of you who attended each event and the @HWEssex team for arranging the few days.  Below is a new film about the tour with some of the Nurses who attended sharing their pledges made to the Make a Difference Campaign each day. 
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 It’s Ok to Ask for Help!

The It’s Ok to Ask DVD produced by NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Glasgow City Council, The Alliance and Alzheimer Scotland uses carers’ experiences to highlight the benefits of using carer support services in Glasgow, and encourages people to ask for help. Tommy Whitelaw, Alliance Scotland, shares experiences of looking after a partner, parent, relative, friend or neighbour with dementia. Other carers tell us about help they get from support services in Glasgow. FILM http://youtu.be/u2BAxSCcic0




'On the Couch' with Tommy Whitelaw filmed interview NHS Scotland Conference June 2015





Speaking Care Inspectorate Seminar 

Published on 7 Nov 2013
Tommy recently spoke to our inspection team to talk about his experiences of caring for his mum Joan Whitelaw, who died last year after living with dementia for several years. He spoke about the difficulties he had getting the right services for his mum at the right time and how this led him to take his dementia awareness campaign "On Tour"




















National Dementia Awareness Week 2014 (England) – NHS Employers Nursing Times - my Filmed interview

To mark National Dementia Awareness Week which runs from 18 to 24 May, NHS Employers the Nursing Times are working with the Alzheimer’s Society to promote resources available to NHS organisations and the NHS workforce.
As part of this activity, they have specially commissioned a short video of an interview with Dementia Carer Voices’ very own Tommy Whitelaw.

You can get more information here on NHS Employers 
This video was made to mark this year’s Dementia Awareness week 





You can click on the image Below to preview the  trailer for a longer film which will be launched on 12th December in NHS Ayrshire and Arran University Hospital Ayr lecture theatre.
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Full version of Make a difference with the staff nhsaaa 
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Monday, 4 December 2017

16,000 People,Have Now Pledged To Make Difference. Every Person,Pledge HERE

we would like to say a   huge thank you to everyone who has made a pledge as part of the ‘You Can Make a Difference’ campaign and we are absolutely delighted to have received  over 16,000 pledges
This is a wonderful milestone to reach and would not be possible without the commitment and passion of everyone who attends our talks, reads about our campaign and pledges to make a difference to the lives of people with living with dementia and their carers.
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The team have been taking the ‘You Can Make a Difference’ campaign to 650 talks to date, reaching over 95,000 staff and students throughout the UK 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. 
You can read all the 16,000 pledges on our master pledge page and see our ‘You Can Make a Difference’case studies.
In June, Dementia Carer Voices launched its publication analysing 6,000 of the pledges we have received in the three years running the project. The key messages were around the importance of time in delivering compassionate care for health and social care staff and students.
Presentation HSCA
Presentation HSCA 1
If you have been inspired to make a pledge , please get in touch and email us your pledge at dementiacarervoices@alliance-scotland.org.uk. If you have made a pledge and want to share how you have made a difference and put a pledge do get in touch. Get inspiration on our ‘What Matters to You?’ case studies.
The campaign continues into 2017 and beyond – this autumn we will be visiting all universities offering nursing courses to share our important message.


Every Person Every Pledge Below 


November 

03/11/17 Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust 

06/11/17 Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnerships

07/11/17 New College Lanarkshire

08/11/17  Care at home teams Livingston 

09/11/17 Hospice at Home teams Carlisle and Lakelands 

16/11/17  NHS Lanarkshire Quality Improvement Day


   29/11/17    University of Glasgow, 1st Year Nursing Students, Pledge

October 2017

04/10/17 City of Glasgow College Pledge to Make a Difference

25/10/17  NhHS Borders District Nursing 
26/18/17 Stirling University 3rd Year Nursing

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

December 2016

November 2016

October 2016

September 2016

August 2016

July 2016

June 2016

May 2016

April 2016

March 2016
09/03/16 Hairmyers Hospital create their own pledge tree!
22/03/16 Bolton pledges to make a difference!
24/03/16 Hampshire Hospital Trust pledges!
31/03/16 184 pledges from University of Central Lancashire
February 2016

08/02/16 Stobhill Care Home launch pledge trees

January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015

December 2014
15/16.12.14 Norfolk and Suffolk

November 2014
03.11.14 Online pledges
07.11.14 Burton Hospital
13.11.14  Pledges of the week
24.11.14 The Retreat York
October 2014
13.10.14 More Pledges
27-30.10.14 NHS Highland Tour
September 2014
01.09.14  Teesside University
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
3/4.06.14 NHS Conference
27.06.14 BCDA Birmingham
May 2014 
April 2014
(08 -10).04.14 NHS Dumfries & Galloway 
March 2014
February 2014
19.02.14 NHS Fife
January 2014
We began the campaign by asking “What does caring mean to you?”

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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‘What Matters to You? launches summary report for 2017

What Matters to You? launches summary report looking back at What Matters to You? Day 2017. The  2017 What Matters to You? Day (WMTY ...