Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Register Here European Pillar of Social Rights - EESC Seminar Glasgow November 2nd

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), are looking to hear your views on the issues addressed in the European Commission’s communication for a European Pillar of Social Rights > at a seminar on 2 Novermber In the Lighthouse > in Glasgow from 1-5pm.
Despite the outcome of the referendum in the UK, and despite the fact that the European Commission proposals are aimed at the Euro area, the issues at the centre of the European Pillar of Social Rights – the future of work and ageing Europe, equal access to employment, working conditions, and social protection and services – remain central to the concerns of UK trade unions, employers’ organisations and civil society.
The seminar, run in partnership with EESC, SCVO and the ALLIANCE, including speakers from the European Commission, and Scottish and UK Government.  To register to attend, please click here >(deadline for registration: 30 October).
We would be grateful you would respond to our online survey, if you can or can not attend the seminar, please click here >. Deadline for submitting your responses to the survey is 28 October at noon.
For further questions contact John Power john.power@eesc.europa.eu and Carlotta Isabella IapichinoCarlotta.Iapichino@eesc.europa.eu
More information on the European Pillar of Social Rights, as announced by the European Commission President Juncker in his State of the Union speech to the European Parliament on 9 September 2015 is available here >.
More information on the European Pillar of Social Rights, as announced by the European Commission President Juncker in his State of the Union speech to the European Parliament on 9 September 2015 is available here >
For more information, please contact:
Charlotta Iapichino on Carlotta.Iapichino@eesc.europa.eu

1 p.m.-2 p.m.Registration and lunch
2 p.m.-3 p.m.Welcome and opening statements
Chair: Irene Oldfather, EESC member
  • Angela Constance MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities. Scottish Government Representative
  • UK government representative (tbc)
Overview of the European Pillar of Social Rights
  • Judy McKnight, EESC member
  • Graham Blythe, Head of Office, European Commission.  Representation in Edinburgh 
  • Special Envoy Prof. Alan Miller, Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions
3 p.m.-3.15 p.m.Coffee break
3 p.m.-4.50 p.m.Conversational Café on the European Pillar of Social Rights:
What do you consider to be the most urgent economic and social challenges in the UK and Europe, following the vote on Brexit? What is needed to address these?
What do you think should be done to tackle the problems facing employment and the world of work in the UK and Europe, meeting the needs of workers, job seekers, employers and enterprises?
How can social protection and social security systems be properly resourced and made fit for purpose?
What do we need to promote and sustain a cohesive society and address inequalities?
4.50 p.m.-5 p.m.Closing remarks and next steps
  • John Walker, EESC member

NSS Local Intelligence Support Team

Local intelligence support is tailored and responsive to meet local needs and priorities. It aims to have a positive impact on your strategic commissioning plans. This work builds on NSS ISD developments including the Health and Social Care Data Integration and Intelligence Project and the Integrated Resource Framework.

The LIST team were asked to do a piece of work with the Dementia Carer Voices, and we were happy to go along to the ALLIANCE and meet with Tommy, irene    and the team to see if we could help.  From the outset it was quite apparent how passionate Tommy is about the Dementia Carer Voices’ ‘You Can Make a Difference’ campaign and this rubs off on everyone around him. For those who have been to one of his talks they will have filled in a pledge card (a personal pledge on how you could do one thing to make a difference for someone with dementia and their families), now multiply that card by the thousands and this is where we came in.

Dementia Carer Voices saw the value in these pledges and didn’t want them lost so started typing them into a document and posting them on the website.  They then wondered if they could possibly be used in some other way to see if there were any patterns forming in job roles etc.  We, the NSS Local Intelligence Support Team place information specialists to work on-sites with Health and Social Care Partnerships, Community Planning Partnerships and Local Authorities.
Through LIST our partners gain access to a wide range of services to help inform an evidence base for decision making. These include outcomes monitoring, benchmarking, data validation, dataset design, statistical analysis, interpretation, data visualisation and data management.  Contact LIST for more information

We discussed the needs/wants with ALLIANCE and subsequently LIST created an analysis tool for the project to help them capture the thousands of pledges they have collected from carers and various health professionals throughout the UK.  The tool also helps to categorise the free text data from the pledges.  The structured grouping of pledges will allow analysis to be carried out, with an aim to provide meaningful outputs to be shared with a wide variety of audiences.
Going forward and with many more pledges still coming in we are happy to continue working with the ALLIANCE in the hope of delivering meaningful outputs which matches the hard work carried out by the Dementia Carer Voices project.
Themina Mohammed (LIST, NSS) & Susan Crawford (Scottish Cancer Trials & Research Unit, NSS)

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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Friday, 7 October 2016

A great Honour invited to speak to staff Picker Institute Europe October 27th


with great thanks to Andrew McCulloch, Chief Executive and all the team at the Picker Institute Europe  for inviting me  to speak to all staff  on October 27th  

I have had the privilege to speak with and meet many of the team at events on my tour and feel so very honored to be invited to speak at a staff seminar 

i look very much forward to meeting everyone on the day 

about The Picker Institute
The Picker Institute is an international charity working across social and health care. Established in 2000, the organisation continues to have a significant impact in the field of person and family centred care.
We use patient experience of healthcare to identify priorities in delivering the highest care quality. We measure experiences to uncover incidences of excellent and poor healthcare delivery. We work across health and social care systems to support organisations to improve the quality of patient care.
Our approach underpins quality measurement in both the USA and the UK with the ‘Picker Principles of Care’ an internationally renowned quality improvement framework.
Whether it’s designing and delivering the first national NHS patient experience survey in England, co-ordinating the largest staff survey in Europe, pioneering innovative improvement interventions such as Always Events®, or working with individual providers and healthcare commissioners to improve service delivery, we are committed to sharing our knowledge and expertise, alongside developing new services and tools that enable people’s experiences to be an integral part of delivering the highest quality care for all, always.
Always Events is a registered trademark of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

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, 4 October 2016

View New Induction Film with Healthwatch Essex, Broomfield Hospital and Dementia Carer Voices.



I am so very honoured to have take part in this new staff Induction film with Healthwatch Essex and Broomfield Hospital 

you can view the film via the link at the bottom of the page 

Sophie Blythe from Healthwatch Essex’s Engagement Team

I first met Tommy in June 2015 when I invited him to speak at our annual Healthwatch Essex Ambassador event.  I had been forwarded a link to one of his films and, from that moment, I knew that we absolutely had to work with him!  Since then, Healthwatch Essex and Dementia Carer Voices have worked on a couple of projects together, the latest being our ‘Putting care into dementia care’ training film – soon to be embedded in Mid Essex Hospital Trust’s induction training programme.

Around the time we first worked with Tommy, Healthwatch Essex launched a free Dementia Handbook for carers, which brought together information about the sources of care and support in Essex available to people who are living with dementia and their carers. This was developed in response to a piece of research we had conducted not long before, where we discovered that people experienced difficulty and confusion when trying to find out about care and support services.

Later on that year, we launched our Carer’s project, to raise awareness of the issues affecting carers in Essex. The findings of one of our reports “Carers Said” has since been used as evidence by the Department of Health. One of our first ventures for this project was our ‘Carers’ Journey’.  We invited Tommy back to join us on a three-day road trip of Essex in our Chatterbox cab, delivering a series of talks at hospitals, care providers, carers groups and universities. We used Tommy’s powerful story to highlight the importance and value of listening to people’s lived experience of services, in order to find ways to improve them. Hundreds of health and care professionals made pledges of small actions to make a difference to the lives of patients and their carers.

Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford took part in our ‘Carers Journey’ tour. We were impressed with the exciting projects and activities going on at the Hospital, for example their Forget-Me-Not garden, designed to offer a calm, sensory space to support people diagnosed with dementia. The team at Broomfield were keen to collaborate with us to develop their work even further, and that is where the idea for a training film was conceived.

So earlier this year we invited Tommy back to Essex and spent a day filming discussions and interviews with nurses, matrons and dementia specialists at Broomfield hospital. Linking these clips to parts of Tommy’s powerful talk, and featuring testimonies from staff, the film illustrates how listening to the patient’s story can inspire innovations in person-centred care. By taking the time to find out more about the person, and what matters to them, we can communicate more effectively with them, develop meaningful activity plans and better understand their needs and wishes.
As an organisation, Healthwatch Essex believes the best services are those that are developed and delivered by listening to people and using that lived experience to help shape them. This training film harnesses the passion and drive of Tommy and the staff at Broomfield Hospital and demonstrates how health and care professionals can make their patient’s (and carer’s) experience the best it can possibly be.

Tommy will be back once again to launch the film at our ‘Premiere’ on 28th September at Broomfield Hospital. It has been a fantastic experience working with such passionate and committed people. We urge all health and care professionals to watch it and learn from it and put into practice. Can you be that person to make a difference?

You Can View the Film Here Putting care into dementia care’ training film is a collaboration between Healthwatch Essex, Broomfield Hospital and Tommy Whitelaw, from Dementia Carer Voices.

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, 3 October 2016

Do you support or look after someone with dementia? University of Glasgow would like to hear your views

Do you support or look after someone with dementia?  If so, researchers at the University of Glasgow would like to hear your views.

We would be seeking you  to take part in a single focus group. This would be to discuss the experiences of carers of people with dementia in finding, arranging and using care and services and would last 2 hours at most. A £10 gift voucher would be offered to participants and travel expenses would also be refunded. If you are interested and would like more information please contact Kathryn Saunderson: email Kathryn.saunderson@gla.ac.uk , phone 0141 330 8322.

Attached is a flyer with further details about the project and how to get  glasgow-university-research-flyer

Saturday, 1 October 2016

140 Talks confirmed for 2016 - all dates at the link HERE

Our Make A Difference tour continues 2016  across the country,Last year I had the great privilege to speak at over 200 events  we are  truly inspired with over 10,000 personal pledges received to date 
We will be keeping in touch with individuals,Health Boards ,trusts,groups people who have already pledged to try and support encourage and help fulfill 
Looking forward to meeting more Difference Makers over 2016 

·         08.01.16 2 talks UCLAN
·         12.01.16 2 talks Shrewsbury NHS
·         19.01.16 Musgrove Park Hospital
·         21.01.16 HFMA South Central Conference
·         22.01.16 Speaking and pledge film with Broomfield’s Hospital
·         26.01.16 Manchester Metropolitan University
·         27/28.01.16 2 talks Annual Budget Conference, Devon
·         29.01.16 Understanding and acting on patient experience conference, London
·         03.02.16 4 talks CCSH, Surrey
·         04/05.02.16 5 talks Ashford and St Peters Hospitals
·         08.02.16 Stobhill Care Home
·         10.02.16 University of Cumbria
·         19.02.16 NHS England Care Makers Celebration
·         22.02.16 Papworth Hospital
·         24.02.16 NHS BHR Hospitals
·         26.02.16 Alzheimer Scotland Summer Ball Inverness  
·         29.02.16 Scottish Ambulance Academy - Glasgow
·         01.03.16 NHS Lincoln Hospital
·         02.03.16 NHS Lincolnshire Annual conference 
·         03.03.16 Scottish Ambulance Academy – Glasgow
·         04.03.16 Scottish Ambulance Academy – Glasgow
·         07.03.16 Stobhill Care Home
·         08.03.16 NHS Leadership Academy Conference
·         09.03.16 3 talks Hairmyres Hospital - East Kilbride
·         10.03.16 Meeting Scottish Ministers
·         11.03.16 National Clinical Leaders Event, Watford
·         14.03.16 Cornwall NHS
·         16.03.16 Leadership Academy Event Loughborough University
·         17.03.16 NHS Patient Insight Team Experience
·         22.03.16 Bolton NHS Trust
·         23.03.16 Matthew Fife Care
·         30.03.16 UCLAN University
·         06.04.16 3 talks Manchester University
·         08.04.16 International Conference of Dementia, University of Chester
·         14.04.16 Celebration Event, Penrith

·         15.04.16 Carer watch, Livingston
·         20.04.16 Dementia Training Day, Southern General
·         22.04.16 Speech and Language Conference at Queen Margaret University
·         25.04.16 Health Foundation Conference, Gateshead
·         27.04.16 Speaking Cumbria
·         28.04.16 West Collage Scotland
·         28.04.16 Caring for Carers Event, Glasgow
·         29.04.16 Speaking Hamilton, Dementia Ambassadors

·         04.05.16 Lincoln County Hospital
·         05.05.16 3 talks West of Scotland Housing Association
·         06.05.16 Lanark Care Home
·         11.05.16 Patient Experience Conference London
·         12.05.16 Salford Royal Hospital
·         12.05.16 Stirling Council Libraries, Drymen
·         17.05.16 Keele University
·         18.05.16 London (Details TBC)
·         19.05.16 North Devon NHS Trust
·         20.05.16 Carewatch, Stirling
·         23.05.16 The ALLIANCE Conference
·         30.05.16 BBC Radio Scotland with Kaye Adams

·       01.06.16 Pledge tree launch at Hairmyres Hospital
·       09.06.16 HMFA Midlands Conference
·       10.06.16 Dementia Ambassadors event in Kirkcaldy
·       11/12.06.16 NOHPG Conference, Leeds
·       13.06.16 Links worker programme event in Glasgow
·       14/15.06.16 NHS Scotland Conference
·       17.06.16 BBC Reporting Scotland
·       20/21.06.16 Belfast, Sean Maher
·       22.06.16 Royal College of Nursing Conference, Hydro
·       22.06.16  BBC Scotland 6 o’clock news
·       28.06.16 EESC SOC dementia session in Brussels
·         04.07.16 5 talks West Herts NHS Trust
·         05.07.16 Patient Experience Conference, Manchester
·         05.17.16 Wishaw Hospital
·         18.07.16 Crosshouse Dementia Care Home Event 

·         22.07.16 Central Lancaster and BWD
·         25.07.16 Ashford and St Peters Hospital
·         26.07.16 NHS Leadership Event, Leeds
·           02.08.16 4 talks in Arran with Irene
·           10.08.16 Dalmellington Care Home. Ayr
·           12.08.16 Fairknowe Care Home, Maybole
·            17.08.16 Thistleknowe Care Home
·            23.08.16 Dementia Frinedly Girvan
·            24.08.16 South Ayrshire Carers
·           30.08.16 Uddingston Hospital

·         05.09.16 Katherine House Hospice
·         06.09.16 RCN North West
·         07.09.16 NHS Expo
·         08.09.16 Manchester NHS Trust
·         13.06.16 3 talks NHS Belfast
·         14.09.16 UWS Hamilton
·         17.09.16 Dental Nurse Society conference
·         16.09.16 2 talks UWS Ayr
·         19/20.09.16 Dementia UK Conference
·         21.06.16 NHS Belfast
·         22.09.16 Carers Association, Birmingham
·         23.09.16 Heart of England Carers Conference
·         27.09.16 Kings College London
·         28.09.16 Health watch Essex

·         05.10.16 Bromley Healthcare
06.10.16 Independant living conference 
·         08.10.16 HMFA, Kent
·         13.10.16 Catering Services
·         10.10.16 Glasgow Clyde College
·         15.10.16 church nurses association
·         18.10.16 2 talks QI Belfast
·         19.10.16 Social Workers Belfast
·         24.10.16 North Ayrshire Council
·         26.10.16 Chichester Nursing Conference
·         27.10.16 Picker Institute
·         Honorary Master’s Usher Hall

·         01.11.16 Chichester Nursing Conference
·         02.11.16 GCU Nursing Students
·         03.11.16 End of Life Care Conference – Shrewsbury
·         04.11.16 Musgrove Park
·         07.11.16 Arbroath Dementia Ambassadors
·         08.11.16 Nursing Standard Conference
·         09.11.16 National Nursing Conference
·         10.11.16 Park Springs Care Home Motherwell
·         11.11.16 Leadership Awards  
·         14.11.16 Hinchingbrook Conference
·         16.11.16 3 Talks Care Watch Motherwell
·         17.06.16 RCN Dundee 
·         21.11.16 University Glasgow Nursing Students
·         23.11.16 Association for Prescribers Conference, London
·         27.11.16 National Physio Conference
·         28.11.16 Launch Pledge trees Glasgow Clyde College
·         29.11.16 Patients Experience Conference
30.11.16 Bupa Dementia Ambassador Conference

·         08.12.16 Bristol Universities
·         09.12.16 Dementia Prevention Conference Paris
·         12.12.16  3 talks St Giles Hospice
·         14.12.16 Health Education England West Midlands
·         16.12.16 3rd Year Nursing students UCLAN


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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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 ...