O.k, well Inverness airport at least waiting my flight to Birmingham.
Welcome to my first attempts at blogging, lots to learn I’m sure so please be patient. I am just about to embark on a trip of a lifetime supported by a travel fellowship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (WCMT). I work as the Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Nurse Consultant in the Scottish Highlands and Islands (NHS Highland) and I am passionate about improving the experience for people living with dementia. I was lucky enough to have been awarded a travel fellowship to support me to visit Australia and the USA to explore ways to develop creative connections between people living with dementia, staff and communities.
I will be writing a formal report about my findings towards the end of the year once I return from the USA but wanted to document my travel and reflections as I went along. The WCMT are also supportive for Fellows to immerse themselves in the whole travel experience so will be blogging about my adventures along the way!
Thanks again to the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and to NHS Highland, my line-manager Heidi May, my family Neil, Finn and Woody who without all their support this would not have been possible.
I would also like to dedicate this blog to my dear father-in-law Keith Mantle who died recently at the age of 89 years and had lived well with dementia up until the last few months of his life.