12 / 11 / 2013 3.12pm
Emma recently got in touch with Care Maker HQ to give us an update on what she has been up and how well she has been progressing in her studies and in her role as a Care Maker, with the support from her trust and also her university, University Campus Suffolk.
"In June I presented to the board of trustees at the hospital I am on placement with, in my role as a Care Maker. I had a very positive response and since then I haven't stopped! I have now given my presentation many times to different committees and groups of colleagues. Each time I have been met with extreme enthusiasm and the support for my role has grown along with strong awareness amongst the trust.
"I have also been heavily involved in the 'family carers' programme at my trust, which is where my photo on this page was taken. This originated from an idea I gave to the deputy head of nursing about visiting times for carers and their ability to be more hands on with their relatives if they wanted to be. From there I was then asked to join the committee that had just been started with family carers in mind, to see if my ideas could be implemented.
"I have volunteered many hours of my own time on the project and together we have produced leaflets, surveys, information and support for patients with carers. It has also included audits and negotiating privileges for carers at the trust.
"I have been extremely privileged, as many of my ideas and issues were taken into account and the specialist nurses that I have been working alongside have been enthusiastic and very supportive.
"Since then I have also put forward some other ideas to specialist nurses and I am due to become involved in some other initiatives which, if they are given funding, will help patients with learning disabilities and dementia immensely.
"In the future I have some more meetings where I will be giving my presentation, but colleagues have been saying that they are overwhelmed with my enthusiasm and professionalism!"
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