Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Dementia Carer Voices - February Newsletter is Now Available

ALLIANCE Annual Report – Showcasing DCV in top ten of ten years
The ALLIANCE has published its interactive annual report for 2016, which highlights some of the organisation’s key activities over the course of the tenth anniversary year.
Dementia Carer Voices are delighted to feature 8th in the Power of 10 – Top Ten Achievements, showcasing the You Can Make a Difference Pledge Campaign.
If you would like to receive a hard copy of the report, please contact call 0141 404 0231

Reaching 12,000 pledges
2017 has kicked off to a great start with us reaching our 12,000 pledge milestone, with 252 of them made in January alone, reaching over 65,000 people in person at the seminars.
Thanks to every one of you who have made a pledge and for your continued support. Do keep us up-to-date on how you are getting on with fulfilling your pledge.
If you would like to contact us or make a pledge you can by emailing or tweet us at @DementiaCarerVo

Dementia Post Diagnostic Support: NHS Board Performance 2014-15
On Tuesday 24 January, the Scottish Government published Dementia Post Diagnostic Support: NHS Board Performance 2014-15.

Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences Students @ University of Strathclyde pledge
Dementia Carer Voices were invited to speak to 3rd year pharmacy students on Monday 9 January, as part of their consolidation week. Project Engagement Lead, Tommy was joined by his colleague, Graeme Morrison ( @ALLIANCEGraeme ), Prescription for Excellence Inclusion Officer, to talk about the importance of seeing the person behind the condition and focusing on what matters to people. Pharmacists are very accessible healthcare professionals and have a growing role in supporting people with long term conditions, so it was important to emphasise the difference that these future pharmacists could make to people’s lives.

Learning and Improvement Network for Specialist Dementia Units Launch Events
ALLIANCE Director, Irene Oldfather and Project Engagement Lead, Tommy Whitelaw attended the Programme Learning and Improvement Network for Specialist Dementia Units launch events in Glasgow and Edinburgh in January 2017. Both Irene and Tommy are on the ‘Focus on Dementia’ National Advisory Group, as the project is one of the key partners for working across 5 specialist dementia units and 2 acute areas in Scotland. The first meeting was held on Wednesday 1 February, looking at the feedback from the learning events and future ideas and taking the partnership forward.

Future DCV events
Keep up-to-date with events DCV are attending over the next month. To find out more, see our “Get Involved” page over on our blog.

Our GP
“Over the past months, the ALLIANCE have been working with people and professionals on ‘Our GP’, a pioneering Scottish Government funded project that aims to ‘co-design’ future digital GP services. This has led to the creation of three innovative citizen-led ideas for new digital GP services, described in a brief explainer video.
We are encouraging members of the public and healthcare professionals to now get involved online!  Individuals can view quick demos of these three ideas for new services on our website, then give us their views through a short survey by the 16th of February. This will help identify the most valued ideas and redesign these innovative digital tools, which aim to improve people’s experience with GP practices.
Now is the time to have your say in designing Scotland’s future GP digital services  By taking part you could also win a great prize like an Apple Macbook Pro, smartwatch or a Fitbit.

SAVE THE DATE: Next Self Management Networking Event
The next Self Management Network Scotland event will be held on Thursday 27 April in Glasgow. More details on how to register will follow but for now please save the date!
After two years, and with 475 members, we think it’s time to have a look at how we enable effective communication within the network and how you can share learning with one another.
We also want to think about “so what?” With all the self management knowledge gathered within the network, let’s think together about how we can use that knowledge to make change happen.
We are working on the agenda at the moment but are happy to hear your ideas on what can help us answer the key questions this event will address:
  1. How do we effectively share knowledge within the Self Management Network Scotland?
  2. How do we use this knowledge to make change happen?
Look out for more information soon. If you have any questions or would like to share your ideas, please contact

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