I was sad to find an empty calendar awaiting me for this week when suddenly Sarah Trufhitt, Research Assistant at Humber NHS Foundation Trust emailed me asking if I was free to help her deliver the first Induction session for new NHS staff at the Trust.
Well it was yesterday. It was really weird getting up and having to go somewhere again – the first for a few weeks. Weird but wonderful. It was what I’d been looking forward to and what my brain needed, but still, it didn’t stop it feeling strange.
Anyway, Sarah agreed to pick me up from home and was duly there at the agreed time. She often comes to my village to drop off her cute dog. She found a wonderful ‘befriending’ system, whereby people who don’t have a dog, because of work commitments etc, look after someone else’s. No cost involved. A couple in my village look after her dog each week – what an amazing idea and why didn’t I know about this!!!
Anyway, I digress……but this was our main topic of conversation all the way to Trust Headquarters!
We arrived to find a chocca full car park – obviously everyone was back at work and a whole group of new starters needed spaces.
Sarah made me a cuppa while she got her stuff together and it was lovely to catch up with everyone and of course have a piccie
We trundled over to the brand spanking new lecture theatre to find a room full of new NHS staff. From GP’s, Doctors, social workers, Nurses and Healthcare staff of every description – wonderful🥰
Sarah handed out the paperwork about Join Dementia Research, the Annual Conference, and I explained the free workshop me and Cathryn are running on the 17th Jan in Hull open to anyone and everyone.
Sarah took them through the importance of research in the Trust and the part they can play and ran through some of the current studies before I finished off. Part of my words go like this…….
“You may be sat there thinking, well what’s research got to do with me, it’s not part of my job? We have to normalise talking about research and to do this we must have every healthcare professional, no matter what their job, all coming on board and promoting research. To normalise talking about research would normalise involvement. If you don’t think research affects you, you may change your mind if you or someone close to you was given that devastating diagnosis of dementia.”
There were lots of smiley, friendly faces, which bodes well for patients visiting the Trust. The session went well and I noticed many making notes and listening instead of getting distracted – always a good sign.
Saw this nice A-Z poster about Dementia Research in the office too….
It was a good job it was a familiar short session. One where I read the same each time, nothing new, nothing unfamiliar. Just what I needed as a first outing for some weeks. Shame it’s the only thing this week but better than nothing…….