Tuesday, 26 September 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.

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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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12 comments:

  1. You truly are an inspirational son!

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  2. It strikes my heart to know that you were able to care for your mum during her time. I wish we have more people like you. I was moved by everything you said ! I have come to realise the importance of 'Love'.

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  3. Inspirational is an understatement

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  4. AnonymousJune 16, 2015

    Thank you so much for talking at the University of Bedfordshire conference! your story was incredible and so heart breaking yet so inspirational! you've made it hit home just how much of a difference people can make to other lives. you truly are an amazing man!

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  5. I was very touched by your story today tommy at the University of central Lancashire, thank you for sharing it with us all, it has opened my eyes a lot, and give me a different perspective of dementia, I will always remember your story and take your inspiration with me throughout my nursing career. your mum will be so proud of you and what you do, you are a wonderful person x

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  6. Really appreciate you sharing your experience , and hearing about your mum : the photo of you both is excellent. Am just doing a free online course on Dementia with Tasmania University. It contains information that we, the general public , need to know. Don't know if there's an English equivalent? Thanks

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  7. I feel privileged to have heard your talk today in Elgin about your experience of being a carer for your mum. How you loved her, and she you. Caring is loving, simple as that. You did what was right for you and your muml and I'm glad there were people in your lives that made a difference. I hope I do that in my job each day and I thank you for telling your story today. Best wishes x

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  8. Be the oneJune 21, 2016

    my heart to know that you were able to care for your mum during her time. I wish we have more people like you. I was moved by everything you said ! I have come to realise the importance of 'Love'.

    24 hour care at home

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  9. Saw you speak today at Nursing in Practice event in Birmingham. Over my years as a nurse I've seen many films, read many accounts and spoken to many people effected by dementia but never have I heard the journey portrayed with such love, reverence, passion and strength as yours was today. I was in tears, thank you for being such a wonderful career and son to your mom, Joan, and thank you for your thanks to the nurses, I think everyone there will strive everyday to be the nurse that you described. I bet Joan would be so proud of you, and rightly so.

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  10. I attended your talk at NDDH last friday. what an inspiration you are to your mother, she was very lucky to have you looking after her, even if you at times felt lost. It makes me very sad that you did not have the support you needed but with the effort you are now putting in to help resolve this, hopefully you will help others have the support they require.
    I feel very proud to be embarking on my new career and can assure you I will try my up-most to fulfil my declaration I made after your talk.

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  11. AnonymousJune 05, 2017

    I was honoured to spend time with you recently in the Western Isles, having looked after both my father and now my mother who both had and have dementia. I feel so strongly about your message of seeing the person behind the condition. I know how hard it is to look after someone and to carry out those very personal care tasks that you know your parents would not wish their child to see them in such a vulnerable position. However I also know and hold onto those precious memories when there is a slight spark of recognition, or you know they feel safe with you and this helps to light up and see me through those dark times

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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 ...