Last full face to face Induction…..or is it…?

Yesterday was the last of the old format Trust Inductions for my local Humber NHS Trust new staff. When I first heard they were changing the format I was a tad disappointed as I felt it would mean new staff would miss out on the face to face talks, however I underestimated their thinking…….

I remember the Induction at  Leeds Trust, when I worked there, being overloaded  at the time I was there and Humber was no different. It can be exhausting simply listening all day, with PowerPoint after power point…..just the same as it is at any conference……death by PowerPoint has never been a favourite of mine..

However I was delighted when I got an email from my lovely friend, Cathryn Hart, saying that those responsible for the redesign were asking me if I’d like  to continue to talk about my experiences of research, living with dementia, what research and why it’s really important that NHS staff give people the chance to take part.

So now they’ve given me 30 mins as their Patient Research Ambassador  to ramble to all new staff starting in the new Year…….in a condensed new redesign …..glad they havn’t got rid of me…

Anyway, back to yesterday……it wasn’t a good brain day and I’d woken feeling quite discombobulated but luckily everything was in my pink file read so no thinking to do…..Sarah from the Research Team, picked me up at 9am as we planned and we caught up on the antics of Lola, her lovely dog…..she’s been on adventures to the Lake District

Once we got to the Trust Headquaters we ambled through the car park with beautiful autumn colours

…..stopped to sign in with the lovely friendly receptionists, who always chat to me and there I finally found a knitted poppy to buy to wear for rememberance day ….we went upstairs to the office and had a catch up with Saba, another lovely team member….

As it crept towards the time of our session, we trundled over to the lecture theatre to see how many new starters there were…….

……..and there was a roomful! Looked like the most we’d ever had….

We did our usual double act. Sarah caught me off guard by asking me an off the cuff question at the beginning  but my brain still wasn’t playing ball and I stuttered and faltered. She probably asks me the same thing each time, but this time the words wouldn’t come…

No one else would have noticed as they don’t know me, they don’t know the usual me. So when it was my turn I explained from the start, how it was a good job I’d got the words written down, how I could type far quicker than I could think and speak and simply read my piece as usual……

I ended by saying …..”Never forget you can make a difference…..”

Sarah reminded me about asking them if I could take a piccie and they happily agreed……

Such a big group, we could only get in half the room!

All NHS Trusts should have a patient speaking on their Induction programme. Could be any condition. Just to bring reality at the start of their new role in the NHS…

A nice local trundle to start off the week…….and now UK Dementia Congress for the next 3 days……..


About wendy7713

On the 31st July 2014 I was diagnosed with Young Onset Dementia. 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.

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