Launch of the Seminar Series – Letters, Life and Love Stories (You Can Make a Difference)
The School of Nursing and Midwifery hosted the first of their public seminar series for 2018/19 with speaker Tommy Whitelaw - ‘Letters, life and love stories (You can make a difference)’.
The event was launched by the Head of School, Dr Pat Owen. She introduced the seminar series as an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the NHS over the last 70 years, and specifically the contribution of nursing and midwifery during this time.
Tommy Whitelaw was a full-time carer for his mother who had vascular dementia. Tommy gave an inspirational talk about his campaign to raise awareness of the issues surrounding dementia. He spoke about the letters he received from carers which were ‘written with love’ but matched with loneliness, isolation and understanding. Tommy emphasised the importance of positive engagement between clinicians and carers, and how this can impact on the future care of patients.
Alongside Tommy’s speech, a new book entitled - ‘Collected stories: being cared for at home’ - has been launched. This is a joint project between the School of Nursing and Midwifery and the Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust. The book contains a collection of stories which give unique insights into patient and carer experiences of care in the home.
The Seminar Series continues in the New Year (January 2019) with speaker Dr Tracey Cooper who will be presenting ‘Still Roaring: Courage for compassion’.