You may or may not remember, but when I was diagnosed last year I wrote a blog about the lack of support I found in the NHS – the very place I thought I would be sure to find advice about continuing to work well with dementia. As a result of this I approached our Director of HR, Dean Royles, about the lack of support available for our staff at St James Hospital. He put me in touch with NHS Employers.
Well, today we had our first meeting. I met with Ruth Warden and Jen Gardner and it was very positive. I came out hopeful that something would be put in place as they were full of enthusiasm to get it right. We are now planning to work together (brownie point for including someone with dementia in dementia related plans) to bring about awareness and raise the profile of the need for support. I’ll be helping to contribute to their design for documents to help employers support their employees.
We will be developing two strategies -one to help employees with dementia or symptoms of dementia and the other to support carers juggling work and caring.
Head now full of ideas, so must go and empty brain into iPad before they escape……….