‘A day in working my life’ - might include:
- shaping the future of global IPC for WHO http://www.who.int/gpsc/ipc/en/
- writing various evidence-based documents and communications, for aspects of IPC including hand hygiene and injection safety http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/44102/1/9789241597906_eng.pdf
- listening to colleagues and the challenges they are experiencing so that strategies can be adapted and presented in context, this includes for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), hand hygiene in a range of settings and in support of the antimicrobial resistance agenda
- discussing and preseenting the best strategies to ensure documents aren’t just pieces of paper on a web site but are used in practice
- connecting people to ensure they can learn from each other and share country experiences and ideas for capacity building for example through Webber teleclasses and Private Organisations for Patient Safety
- campaigning to create and maintain social movements and sustainable improvements for patients, health workers and carers
Wednesday, 23 December 2015
Guest Post -Joining the dots through wonderful people working in health and social care around the world
Friday, 18 December 2015
Christy Ringrose, a student at the University of the West of Scotland and some of her classmates have taken inspiration from the Dementia Carer Voices Campaign and produced an album of songs from the pledges made to the campaign so far. Christy shares her blog now with the Academy.
One way of caring for people is to listen to them. This is why Tommy encouraged people around Scotland to write to him about their experiences of knowing or caring for someone with dementia. Tommy wanted us to make these letters sing through our songs.
The day we read the letters, a world of feelings and stories was strewn across a table. There were statements, bold and true: “I feel lost”. There were prayers “Sweet Jesus get me through another day”, and words of encouragement to Tommy “mate, you’re doing great”*. Letters from sons, daughters, mothers, sisters, neighbors and care-workers. Each letter powerful because it was written because someone passionately cares about someone else.
How can a multitude of voices be compressed into a song? One way is to find out something that ties all the letters together. Tommy himself said that they are all “love letters”; love letters written in a time of difficulty. The struggles that come with dementia, bring feelings of sadness, perhaps even anger and irritation – but amongst this despair, love persists in being heard.
How can we ensure that our songs express these feelings? We can ensure that the feelings themselves are involved at every stage of the creative process: From the crafting of lyrics and melody, to the practicalities of recording and performing, it is important to come back to the heart of the matter, without which no song would exist.
When we care about someone, we put them first. Similarly, if we care about something, we put that something before everything else.
For example, when someone suggested to me during a recording session that I add computer crafted violins to my song, “Romeo and Juliette”, I thought that this is not an option because only a musician who knew the story behind the score
would be able to echo the fear of losing someone, or the sweetness of wanting to be with someone you love.
In this way, songwriting is constant collaboration with the subject matter. The songwriter can quite easily forget this, especially in thinking about how to entertain their listeners, or even how to make money or popularity from the song. What I enjoyed about this collaborative songwriting process, was that the material was so strong, so beautiful, that I felt it taking precedence. It was more important to find that balance between desperation and love, than to find a skillful melody.
Hopefully this shift of priorities will inevitably result in good quality
Thursday, 17 December 2015
Monday, 7 December 2015
With great thanks to Ben Roberts @ben_m_roberts_1 and Grace Langton @gracie_langton
From Bolton NHS foundation trust @Boltonnhsft for the kind invite to give two talks across the trust on December 14th,along with visiting the new dementia friendly wards
I met Ben and grace whilst speaking for Sam Sherrington @SamSherrington at a #Valuemaker event for finance teams across the NHS and I am very proud to be their friend,grateful for the support they give and truly inspired by the passion and work they all do to make a difference
I am so very honored to be invited and looking forward to making more new friends across Bolton NHS trust and finding out more about the great work they do
Timetable for the day will be:
- 10:00 to 12:00, talk to staff and stakeholders
- 12:00 we'll then head over to officially open our Dementia friendly ward
- 13:30 will be a talk to finance, procurement and business intelligence teams
- We were also going to ask if you would draw the prizes for our Chrsitmas Raffle at our time out, this one of the many things we've doing this year to raise money for Dementia,.
Friday, 4 December 2015
It was and still is based on life stories.To truly understand or find the right help someone ,we have to know about them we have to know
what matters to you
who matters to you
We reached a crisis through a lack of understanding from within and to often towards us .My mums life was a love story,Mums love for family, friends and ability to care for and about all she met
Dementia was allowed to play to big a part .it certainly has the power if not supported with the correct support ,advice and understanding to veer across the family .
You can help by sending your life story, thoughts, and experiences good or bad to firstname.lastname@example.org
MY promise to you is the same promise I made to my mum to try and bring a better understanding on dementia and caring to the best of my ability across the wider society
Tuesday, 1 December 2015
and 13.30 - 1445
I had the great privilege to speak with Linda a few weeks ago at an event at NHS Fife and was both inspired by the presentation and passion to bring ' Make a Difference ' to NHS Forth Valley
Leading change and creating value
Tuesday, 24 November 2015
With great thanks to Stephanie Dawe Chief Nurse and member Executive Team and Rosemary NeiLson for the kind invite to speak at the CARERS COUNT Conferecne
I am very honored to be invited and look forward to attending,listening,learning,speaking and meeting everyone
Monday, 16 November 2015
Reading, Writing and Your Health: Journeys in Self Management - Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh Nov 24th
Thursday, 12 November 2015
Tuesday, 10 November 2015
Monday, 9 November 2015
- December 3,
1.30-4.30 Getting started with social media
A taster session that looks at how you can use social media to connect with other people and share your ideas.
- January 21,
1.30-4.30 Video and audio for the web
A practical look at making simple video and audio using your smartphone.
- February 17,
1.30-4.30 Blogging about wellbeing
How to write, plan and share good blog content about mental health and wellbeing.
- March 17,
1.30-4.30 Simple social media graphics
A practical session where we'll create simple graphics using words and pictures.
Speaking Birmingham The "Grow" Conference for Health Education West Midlands NHS - GP Educators Nov 20th
The summary report from last year’s ‘What Matters to You?’ Day is now available to download. ‘What Matters to You?’ Day takes place...
Tommy’s speech, providing a carer’s perspective, on the theme of “ No – one ever asked ” highlighted the transformational impact that ...
Celebrating People, Places, approaching 20,000 Pledges to Make a Difference The Dementia Carer Voices...