Wednesday, 18 June 2014

My mums name was Joan this is our story 8 short films - Dementia -caring

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.

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.
This interview was 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.

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.  

On 20th March 2013, members of the Scottish Parliament debated Jackie Baillie MSP’s parliamentary motion which highlighted the role played by those who care for the estimated 86,000 people in Scotland living with dementia, the challenges they face and the importance of supporting them wherever possible.

Tommy recently spoke to staff from the Care Inspectorate about his experiences as a carer, 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".

Tommy Whitelaw was interviewed as part of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Glasgow City Council's "Start the Conversation" campaign, to explore why power of attorney is such an important issue.

Highlights from Dementia Carer Voices Project Engagement Lead, Tommy Whitelaw's session at the Person Centred Health and Care Collaborative Learning Session 3, November 2013

To mark National Dementia Awareness Week (England) 2014, the Nursing Times interviewed Tommy Whitelaw, to capture the experiences of caring for someone living with Dementia in a short film to be made available to NHS organisations and the NHS workforce.

Newsletter Archive

Dementia Carer Voices Newsletter Issue 1
Dementia Carer Voices Newsletter Issue 2
Dementia Carer Voices Newsletter Issue 3
Dementia Carer Voices Newsletter Issue 4
Dementia Carer Voices Newsletter Issue 5
Dementia Carer Voices Newsletter Issue 6
Dementia Carer Voices Newsletter Issue 7 
Dementia Carer Voices Newsletter Issue 8
Dementia Carer Voices Newsletter Issue 9
Dementia Carer Voices Newsletter Issue 10

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Other Resources

Briefing Paper for 20/03/13 Members' Business Debate on Dementia Carer Voices
Article: Dementia Carer Voices heard in Parliament
Article: 'Tommy Whitelaw - A Carer's Story' Featured in NHS GGC Patients' Stories Library
Article: Getting to Know the Person, Not Just the Patient
Article: It's Okay to ask! Encouragement for Glasgow's Unpaid Carers
Dementia Carer Voices Survey >

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