Category Archives: social care

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 (cricket) shoes of Alison Cameron… | As she is bowled over…

If the technology works, this blog should go live at a very important moment. I am delighted, but not at all surprised, that Alison Cameron has been included in the first ever list of HSJ Patient Leaders. And I will … Continue reading

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In the shoes of … | Gill’s Mum: “Sunk without trace”

When I called in to see Mum, I found her busy; busy trying to sort out her handwritten blog. Cutting and pasting it the old way – by rewriting bits. It is lovely to see Mum starting to write regularly … Continue reading

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The #MatExp month of ACTION begins today. Why women everywhere need the Maternity Review Team to engage!

June is not going to be dull…! For me personally, this is a big week – I am looking forward to speaking at the NHS Confederation Annual Conference on Wednesday. The session I am involved in, chaired by Dr. Mark … Continue reading

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The rain in Spain, #MatExp ABC, Sherpa Union, whatever next… ???

The last few weeks have seen some interesting developments in all areas of my work… as well as a rather misty walking holiday in Spain… The #MatExp campaign seems to have taken on a life of its own – fantastic … Continue reading

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Meetings – and how to add a little magic

In my old life as a local government officer, I attended many meetings. I am not a big fan of meetings. I used to sit and count up in my head the approximate cost of the meetings in terms of … Continue reading

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In my own (beach) shoes… at the Dementia Congress, Brighton

“The UK Dementia Congress is the largest annual multi‐disciplinary dementia‐focused event and exhibition in the UK” The largest event is a quantitative measure. But for many of us the Dementia Congress is also a wonderful gathering of friends and new friends – people coming together fired by a common purpose. It was lovely to see … 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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Co-producing inclusive, vibrant #dementiachallengers events in Scotland

Well the invisible hordes are coming out of the shadows and becoming real people… very supportive, creative passionate people. And they are bringing their own ‘invisible hordes’ in their wake… I would like to include here a lovely film made … Continue reading

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#Woopdedoodle!* The top 50 ‘HSJ Inspirational Women, 2014′.

The last couple of weeks have been a complete rollercoaster for me with one of the highest ‘highs’ and lowest ‘lows’ of my life within a 24 hour period. I have been very moved by the response to my tribute to … Continue reading

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