My name is Donna Phillips I am a Clinical Nurse Educator/Clinical Nurse Lead for Lincolnshire Community Health Services (LCHS) working on Scotter Ward at John Coupland Hospital in Gainsborough.
I am a Dementia Friend Champion and my pledge for last years change day was to make another 100 dementia friends within LCHS I had already hit my first target of 100 and I wear my gold dementia friends badge that I received for this with pride every day on my uniform.
I made a pledge online for NHS change day last year to make another 100 dementia friends.
I am over the moon to say that I have smashed this target and that my total currently stands at 255 dementia friends.
That is 255 people who now due to the one hour information session they have attended facilitated by me know a little more about the long term condition of dementia, and can use this information gained in their personal and professional life to make things a little easier for people with dementia and their carers.
Making the pledge last year made me more determined to reach my goal. NHS change day this year has been rebranded as FabChangeDay after NHS England commissioned the Academy of FabNHSStuff to help and support the day. The purpose of the rebranding is to encompass staff across all healthcare settings including primary care, social care, hospices and charities and to kickstart a year of action. There will be increased support to enable dissemination and sharing of changes more widely throughout the health and social care arena.
As a fab ambassador for the Fab NHS Stuff I will be playing an instrumental part in FabChange day and will be making more pledges myself this year and encouraging others in our trust to do so too.