The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence – it is to act with yesterday’s logic - Peter Drucker

The TurningTides Blog

Ideas and inspiration from Turning Tides

A Society that Embraces Dementia

Kate Swaffer's moving blog reinforces just how important current efforts are in improving the outlook for people with dementia. The numbers are expected to double over the next 20 years, so unless a cure is imminent then it has to be about preparing future generations to live with the impact. 

Nearly 25 years ago my first Charge Nurse post was in a unit for people with cognitive impairment (mainly dementia). As the clinical leader I was in a position to challenge the traditional model of care. Culture change, as we know, is never easy but by introducing new practices and modelling different behaviours, persistence paid off. We eventually reached a tipping point where everyone began to pull together to create a new norm.  

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This new cultural norm meant working in partnership with patients and their relatives to create a 'circle of care' that was as inclusive and enabling as possible within the constraints of a hospital environment. I look back on my time there as a sculptress might view a creation that she considers to be among her best work. Against this backdrop I was delighted to be asked to support the Scottish Government with the National Dementia Care Improvement Programme (NDCIP).  

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The Birth of TurningTides

Launching an independent consultancy and coaching business after years in the NHS can be daunting.  One year on and this ancient Buddhist wisdom sums it up:

"If we are facing in the right direction all we have to do is keep on walking".

Perhaps in my case it should be 'keep on rowing'! 

My first year was one of discovery and delight.  Discovery in terms of exploring how to transfer what I learnt in the public sector to this new business context and delight in learning what my clients value most.   

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