Group Advocacy – January 2019 Newsletter

Something that patients and staff could agree on towards the end of last year was the set of problems relating to demand on acute beds, boarding out and delayed discharge. Patients spoke to us about mattresses being put into quiet rooms to accommodate people because all other beds were full. Other people told us about being placed in the wrong ...

Patient Experience Project News

Isla Jack, the Patient Experience Development Worker, started in October. Working alongside our volunteers, she is looking at improving how we gather and report patient experience. A survey in November confirmed patients felt it was important to be asked for their feedback. It also showed that people would prefer to give feedback in different ways. In January, we are testing ...

Patients Council Meeting – 24 September 2018

10 people attended the meeting.  We welcomed our guest speaker, Jamie Martin, who told us about his previous role as permanent Co-ordinating Charge Nurse (CCN and his new role as Patient Co-ordinator in the Royal Edinburgh Hospital. Senior Charge Nurses and Charge Nurses CCNs work in pairs, one from adult services and one from older people’s services, share the CCN ...

Annual General Meeting- 26th November

We welcomed Mike Ash from the IJB- Edinburgh Integration Joint Board who by using the new combined model of Edinburgh Health & Social Care Partnership hopes to offer a more effectively run system. This model will make a difference as to how we can influence things as a group in the future. Using a ‘bottom up’ approach it is going ...

Emotional-CPR

We invited Dr Daniel Fisher to tell us about E-CPR in The Hive on 28 June. Over 50 people attended, including service users, advocacy workers, researchers, third sector staff, psychologists, physiotherapists, mental health nurses, social workers, a GP and a psychiatrist. Daniel trained in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and practiced for 25 years but it was his lived experience …

Group Advocacy

There has been a definite recovery flavour to our group advocacy over the past few months. Patients often praise the strong recovery focus in the Orchard Clinic and its use of innovative approaches e.g. in employing peer support workers, so it was good to speak to Trevor Jones, one of the people responsible for this happy state of affairs, just …

Patients Council Meeting – 28 May 2018

We enjoyed a very interesting conversation with Evonne Rendall, Health Improvement Practitioner with Smokefree Lothian. Evonne is currently based 4 days per week within REH and developing the service and relationships with ward staff, management and patients. Her role is to support patients to become smokefree and implement consistency, enabling patients experiencing nicotine withdrawal to be supported by ward staff …

Poetry Corner Musings – Martin McAlpine

We laugh, we cry, we love, sometimes we hate, The grassy field, we see the gate, Should we enter, should we not, is it safe? Could we be shot? Or charged by an angry bull, have We transgressed that golden rule That says Stay! Stay away from here, We know to avoid a fear. We stay in our comfort zone, ...

I Love To Wait – Hazel Christie

I love to wait for you I love to wait for you the way it concentrates my mind on the fact that you are not here for me I listen for the footsteps of the approaching therapists I glance up, register their faces, watch as the waiting room empties and I’m left alone with my thoughts So I wait I ...

Patients Council Meeting – 29 January 2018

Our new Chair, Martin McAlpine, introduced our guest speaker, Professor Alison McCallum, in her capacity as NHS Lothian’s Caldicott Guardian, whose role ensures that patients’ identifiable information is treated with dignity and respect. If patient consent is required, it must be given freely and can be withdrawn at any time. She ensures that rights are respected, needs are assessed, the correct treatment and care is given effectively and adequate ...