A Local Trundle……..

Yesterday I was with my local Humber Research Team for their quarterly Research and Development Group. Cathryn Hart always picks me up from home and we trundled to the Trust Headquarters with a beautiful morning sunrise

We arrived in reception to be met by someone from Clinical Governance signing in for the day who saw me and said she’d just read my book😳 with her book club and said kind things….so that was a nice start to the day.

What was even nicer was when we walked into Cathryns office and found their research team, ‘naughty elves’ guarding my cuppa tea along with a Christmas card🥰

Photos followed for their Twitter account before I could drink my cuppa.

We trundled down to the room to find lots of last minute cancellations….seems to be a theme this week – anyone would think it was Christmas!

The Research Newsletter caught my eye…..on the front page is a “Letter to Santa” from the Medical Director, Dr John Byrne. I bet it’s not every Medical Director that’s written to Santa!! Wonderful….

And the Research Team won the corporate Services Team of the Year at the staff awards – not the usual team to win awards, so a wonderful accolade for the team……and goes perfectly with the pressie I bought them that they’ll be opening at their Christmas meal next week……..😊

Cathryn started the meeting. ‘Research active Trust’ will be mentioned in all job adverts on NHS jobs so that staff know it’s core business. It’s because the Chief Exec, Michelle Moran is very pro Research, which helps no end.

We’re top of the recruitment in Yorkshire and Humber area of the Mental Health community Trusts.

CQC are now involving research in their inspection of Trusts.

Cathryn spoke about the possible opportunities and studies that they’re currently involved in or are applying for funding. Some wonderful opportunities coming to my region in lots of different specialties.

Cathryn spoke about the success of our Recovery College workshops that we run as a double act on Living with Dementia and what you can do to help and the amazing feedback we’ve had. Our next one is on January 17th at Hull Library.

Professor Mark Hayter from Hull Uni Health Sciences faculty joined us…..

The enthusiasm for encouraging research in the Trust is wonderfully heartening to hear. So many diverse projects and research being applied for or happening at the moment.

Their next Trust Research conference is the 15th May….but places are going quick…………they were all sold out within 3 weeks last year but amazingly they’re going quicker this year……😳

We always finish off with someone being invited to speak to a more general audience, so others joined us and Professor Mark then spoke about the Faculty of Health Sciences Research Strategy…..it was lovely to hear him say that strategies are pointless unless it works alongside an implementation plan……..otherwise it’s simply a document to tick a box…

He gave some fascinating facts about the area including Hull being a good place to do population type research as the population doesn’t tend to move around.

He spoke of the complexity and need of the University to be recognised as the success of the research and it’s affect on changing practice in the wider world affects the amount of money given by the government.

He spoke about the Health Sciences faculty being the one that carries out the most research so a very valued and valuable faculty for the University.

Another fascinating fact is the numbers of 18 years old is now lower so the same number of universities are seeking a lesser number of 18 year olds and it will be like this for a few more years…..so they have to diversify……They are putting a lot of work into Grant Application quality as the funding application process is highly competitive……and insisting academic applicants are planning ahead instead of leaving it until the last minute….

Wonderful to hear him say that Research Ethics needs a tidy up…Yup…….

He also gave me the quote of the day…………

From Sperm to Worm”

about the span of the research undertaken in the Faculty…….

A fascinating talk to end the meeting…..

About wendy7713

On the 31st July 2014 I was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. I may not have much of a short term memory anymore but that date is one I’ll never forget. I’m 58 years young, live happily alone in Yorkshire, have 2 daughters and I’m currently still in full time employment in the NHS. However, I’m now in the process of taking early retirement to give me a chance of enjoying life while I’m still me. I've started this blog to allow me, in the first instance, to write all my thoughts before they’re lost. If anyone chooses to follow my ramblings it will serve as a way of raising awareness on the lack of research into Alzheimer's. It will hopefully convey the helplessness of those diagnosed with dementia, as there is no cure – the end is inevitable. However, I’m also hoping I can convey that, although we've been diagnosed, people like me still have a substantial contribution to make; we still have a sense of humour; we sill have feelings. I’m hoping to show the reality of trying to cope on a day to day basis with the ever-changing environment that dementia throws at those diagnosed with the condition. What I want is not sympathy. What I want is simply to raise awareness.

12 thoughts on “A Local Trundle……..

  1. I am fascinated to learn that Hull is good for research as it’s population doesn’t move around much. Is it England’s hidden secret? Should I be booking my annual holiday in Hull? It comes to mind that Philip Larkin continued to live & work in Hull until his death even when he was the most famous poet in the UK.

    I never know what I might learn from you, Wendy, & I so look forward to your daily news. Thank you.

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  2. Thank you Wendy for the tip off about the Conference 2019. I have booked my place! And…. to Trisha, yes it is really worthwhile coming for a bit longer than the Conference. I have been a City of Culture Volunteer since 2016 which led me to volunteer for NHS Humber. Fabulous. Last year was really successful (£300m boost to the City’s tourism and 5.3m visitors). There is still lots going on as the City holds the title until the end of 2020. Have a look at the website http://www.absolutelycultured.co.uk.

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  3. You are a real inspiring, Wendy. I loved your book, although it brought tears to my eyes.
    Two of my closest, oldest friends have recently been diagnosed. So sad! Two wonderful bright ladies. One is in hospital and cannot be released until they find a place in a nursing home. It’s all happened so quickly.
    Is there anything going on in Wales? I would love to attend a Conference or something but cannot travel far (physical disability!). It would be good to help in some small way.
    Good wishes to you,
    Jeannie

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  4. Thankyou for your insights and your very informative book. The insights you give really assist with my interactions with like minded individuals.
    Kindest wishes
    Wendy

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  5. Wendy, your energy for life is extraordinary and stunningly inspirational for others. Any reader of your blog could only reflect positively regarding ‘I can ..’ and ‘I will…’
    I know that reflection on my personal situation is supported hugely by your facts, feelings and thoughts (and laughs!) Thank you, and more please!

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  6. Dear Wendy I have just finished your book..you are an inspiration..brave beyond and a gift to so many folk..may Christmas with your beautiful daughters be so happy…with thousand of blessings to surround you all there. Christy. Nimbin Australiaxx

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