Category Archives: end of life

Health and care conference goers – a call for action! #NCASc15 #KFintegratedcare

Today the good and the great from the world of social care gather in Bournemouth for the first day of the three day annual Children and Adult Services conference. Meanwhile the King’s Fund Integrated care conference was held yesterday in London. Perhaps … Continue reading

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Mind the Gap: the gap between health and care services.

As another big conference starts tomorrow – this time the National Children and Adult Services conference in Bournemouth – #ncasc15 – here is my challenge to the delegates: Prevention… Integration… Mind the Gap! And here is the story that led to the … Continue reading

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In the shoes of Elizabeth Meatyard… | Founder of Dining Companions at Kingston Hospital

I first heard about ‘Dining Companions’ through the work I am currently doing with Florence Wilcock and colleagues at Kingston Hospital, building on our #MatExp project and starting to use Whose Shoes? to explore and improve other areas of patient … Continue reading

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Dealing *urgently* with urgent care for older people…

I have always loved writing stories and making connections. When I was about six or seven, I used to nag people to give me a set of random words and then enjoyed weaving them all together in one story. I … Continue reading

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In the shoes of Mel Pickup… | CEO, Warrington and Halton NHS Foundation Trust

In May 2012, I thought it would be a good idea to collect and publish some ‘in my shoes’ guest blogs for Dementia Awareness Week. I started it with my own story and then collected all sorts of stories from other people. Like … Continue reading

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In the shoes of … | Ken Howard, caring for his terminally ill parents

I recently spent a great week in Scotland. I am hoping to find time to write a blog about this – not least the Sherpa Union (very exciting new development around self-leadership, building networks  and peer support!) and two Whose Shoes? … Continue reading

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In the shoes of Hilary Marmot, Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist … Looking at How to get to Eden. Through the Ages.

Today sees the start of the Dementia Congress in Brighton, one of the highlights of the year for our #dementiachallengers – not least because we get the chance to meet up and collaborate! There is a great programme this year … Continue reading

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“Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans” – my tribute to my dear friend Lindsay

I chose this title, taken from the song ‘Beautiful Boy’,  because I remember vividly how completely gutted I was when John Lennon died. I remember the stuffy senior manager at work who thought I was on another planet. It just … Continue reading

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How are you supposed to feel?

How are you supposed to feel When your best friend dies Of cancer. I don’t know how to feel It doesn’t feel real Empty inside I cannot hide The pain. Never again will we laugh and chat About this and … Continue reading

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