Students from UWS, Paisley Campus, pledge to make a difference on 5 March.
Dementia Carer Voices would like to thank Helen Rainey for inviting our UK Lead, Tommy Whitelaw, to speak at UWS Paisley Campus this week.
Tommy spoke to a classroom of Integrated Health and Social Care students, which included eight students visiting from China.
We were also joined by Shaun Maher, the Scottish Government Clinical Lead for Person-Centred Care. His work has had a huge influence on our approach in the Dementia Carer Voices team. He talked about the importance of kindness, and making sure we listen to people and families. Our biggest failure in healthcare is not involving people (and their families) in the decisions that affect them.
Tommy rounded up the visit and, as always, we finished with a dance. Two of the students were very enthusiastic and ended up doing a few laps of the classroom.
We’d like to thank all of the students for pledging to make a difference! You can read their pledges below.
My pledge is to continue to tackle loneliness and isolation in my community, knowing how important connection and belonging is.
Lee Davidson – Shelter Scotland/Foundations First – Volunteer Befriender Family Support
I pledge to introduce the principle of “what matters to you” principle into the BA Integrated Health and Social Care Programme.
My pledge is to ask the people that I care for what matters to them.
One thing you would like to change: Change organisations and make them more person-centred.
My pledge is to make the people I support to smile at least once in the time I see them.
My pledge is to ensure I always tailor my working practice to meet the needs of those I am caring for to ensure they have a good quality of life.
Kerry Brown – Renfrewshire Carers Centre
I pledge to provide the highest level of care to patients, be compassionate and work with patients and family to support and meet specific needs.
I pledge to try and treat people as individuals and take their emotional well being into consideration as well as their physical health.