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Monday, 1 December 2014

NHSAAA - People-pledges-Films-Kindness and making a difference -Thank You

I am truly honored to be able   share a preview of the upcoming ‘Make a Difference’ Film being made with NHS Ayrshire and Arran and the University of the West of Scotland.
The film will hear from and  follow staff as they speak about and make their pledges and will see how they progress in fulfilling them. This will give a real insight into the ways in which people can make a difference in their daily lives, and crucially gives the opportunity for people to give honest feedback in real time about any potential barriers that make it harder for them to fulfil their pledge. NHS Ayrshire and Arran are committed to supporting staff on their ‘make a difference’ journey, 
I personally like like to say a huge thank you  from the bottom of my heart  to the all the team for their continued passion ,kindness guidance & support, particularly Derek Barron, Fiona McQueen, Janice McAlister, Amanda Johnson and Lynne McLaughlin. 
I am so glad to have met you all ,this campaign is called you can make a difference and you have helped make a difference in my life thank you 
  The team at NHSaaa will now work with staff to help to make sure that people are given the best opportunity to fulfill their pledges and give the best support and care, and to make a difference in the lives of people with dementia, their families and carers.
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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myself and all the team at Dementia Carer Voices would like like to say a massive thank you to all those who have taken the time to listen, and to make a pledge – we really can make a difference.
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The Story So Far…
The team at NHS Ayrshire and Arran not only invited Tommy to share his experiences, but have shown their commitment to listening to the experiences of patients and carers, and supporting staff to make a difference. This support has been from every level within NHS Ayrshire and Arran, as Tommy was invited by the Chief Executive to lead off his ‘staff talks’ by giving a talk in a formal Board meeting, where they started off the process of making a pledge.  This enthusiasm has been reflected throughout the organisation, with Senior Charge Nurse Lynsey Renfrew  encouraging staff to attend and even taking a pledge tree for her ward so that all of her colleagues there can reflect on the difference that they can make to the lives of the people they work with.
Each pledge that we have collected represents a huge milestone not just for the campaign but for the people of Ayrshire and Arran. The team at NHS A&A have aligned the pledges to their 10 Key Action Points to showcase how both the pledges and the Action Points can be fulfilled, giving meaning and context to each other.
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At the talks, the staff were encouraged to make a pledge and hang it on one of the pledge trees, which are now being displayed in dining rooms which are open to both staff and the public.
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NHS Ayrshire & Arran have an intranet site which now displays all of the pledges that have been made during the tour so that staff can view them.  In six months, these will be re-circulated and staff will be asked to review their pledges and say if they have met their pledge. This feedback will be gathered anonymously to promote honesty and open up a dialogue as to how staff can be supported to keep their pledges.
Tommy has spoken to over 500 staff at 12 talks, ranging from nurses, allied health professionals, medics, students, administration and support staff, social work, fire and rescue and police colleagues.
Furthermore, 2 talks were given to 145 students to students in partnership with the University of the West of Scotland, where we were supported by Janice McAlister, NHSaaa Dementia Nurse Consultant, and Suzanne Holland, who teaches the Care of Vulnerable People course at the university.
The campaign also made a stop at the Ayrshire Occupational Therapists Seminar, taking the message throughout the area to make sure that no matter what their role, people in Ayrhire and Arran were given the opportunity to reflect on carers experiences and encouraged to make a difference.
Fiona McQueen’s ‘Viewpoint’ blog piece spoke of the NHSaaa experience has had over 5000 hits, with over 900 retweets on Twitter. The use of social media in particular has been a great tool for sharing information and creating an easy way for people to get involved and to speak to others who are keen to make a difference. From tweets to wordeo clips, the campaign has really been strengthened and accessible to staff and members of the public alike.
Thank you again to everyone involved - we really can make a difference.
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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