Registration for this year’s NHS Scotland Event (30th-31st May, Glasgow) is now open and is FREE. We were delighted that VHS was invited to put forward three of our member organisations to present sessions and we encourage you to register to attend these, and indeed the whole event. The aim of the event is to shine a light on key areas where NHS Scotland and its partners are driving transformation in health and social care whilst ensuring the delivery of quality care, across boundaries and throughout the stages of people’s lives.
More about the third sector led sessions that will be delivered by QNIS British Red Cross and Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care below. All three sessions are available on both days – see programme for timings and further details.
Working Together to Address Inequality: Practising Realistic Healthcare
- Clare Cable – Chief Executive and Nurse Director, Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland
- Hilary Alba – Clinical Supervisor Team Lead SNIPS/Asylum/FGM, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
- Rachel McReady – Parish Nurse, Steeple Church Dundee
- Jessica Davidson – Senior Clinical Forensic Charge Nurse, NHS Lothian
Using three stories of improvement, the Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland will discuss unleashing the potential of clinical staff to be catalysts for change in their communities. Three case studies are offered to demonstrate how people can be empowered to make good choices, giving them dignity and control over their lives and improving outcomes. Each practitioner was enabled in their improvement journey through the Queen’s Nurse Institute development programme.
- Case study one: Jess Davidson is Senior Clinical Forensic Charge Nurse, based at St Leonard’s Police Station in Edinburgh.
- Case study two: Hilary Alba is a senior midwife in Glasgow working with refugees and asylum seekers.
- Case study three: Rachel McReady is a parish nurse, employed by the Steeple Church in Dundee.
Get Me Home, Keep Me Home
- Norman McKinley – Executive Director for UK Operations, British Red Cross
- Ashley Young – Operations Manager, Health and Social Care (North), British Red Cross
- Lynne Morman – Integrated Manager (Discharge Management), Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership
This session provides an overview of a British Red Cross and Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership pilot service on Assessment at Home and admission prevention. It will explain the model, outcomes, challenges and impact. The design of the pilot aimed to:
- Enable earlier decisions and discharge for patients whom there is uncertainty about whether they can go home.
- Prevent admission for patients with medical conditions that do not require hospital treatment but need extra care.
As part of a multi-agency team, the British Red Cross provides home-based care, support and assessment for patients, through the model’s ‘Discharge to Assess’ process. It enables informed decisions regarding the ability of the patient to remain at home, levels of support needed or an informed decision if this is not possible. People remain hospital patients during the assessment at home with care as needed up to 24 hours in the initial stages.
Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief
- Mark Hazelwood – Chief Executive, Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care
- Rebecca Patterson – Director, GLGDGG, Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care
- Dr Jeremy Keen – Consultant Physician in Palliative Care, Highland Hospice
- Dr Deans Buchanan – Consultant in Palliative Medicine, NHS Tayside
- Dr David Gray – Consultant in Palliative Medicine, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Declining health, death, dying and bereavement are profound and universal human experiences. Though we have become very good at prolonging life, we still cannot prevent death. However, there are many ways we can improve people’s experiences of death, dying and bereavement. Improving people’s experiences requires us not just to act within the health and social care system, but also to change the social context within which the health and social care system is operating. The session will illustrate four specific examples using a range of diverse approaches to engage people and achieve change in very different settings.
- Hear about innovative, low cost and practical approaches to effecting change.
- Have an opportunity to reflect on declining health, dying and bereavement in their own workplace and personal communities.
- Be challenged to think about their own role in improving declining health, dying and bereavement.
VHS will be at these sessions, and we look forward to seeing you too.