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ITV Corrie – Sinead Storyline – Wish They’d Included An Advance Care Planning Conversation?

I have been watching the Coronation Street storyline about Sinead dying from terminal cancer with great focus. Corrie tackling an important topic, not just cervical cancer, but death and dying too. I feel they've done well with the storyline, whilst…

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Top 10 Most Influential Disabled Person in Britain

On Tuesday 8th October 2019 the 2019 Shaw Trust Disability Power 100 List was announced at a launch event in the House of Lords. Sadly I was unable to attend - I have been poorly this week with a chest…

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Becoming a TEDx Speaker – TEDxNHS 2019

On Friday 4th October, I became a TEDx speaker. I became part of a group of accomplished speakers with an international reach. I ticked an item off my bucket list. I discovered so much about myself.  TEDxNHS is an event…

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Lucy’s Light Vlog – Come With Me On A Busy Week In My Life (15th to 20th September 2019)

Come along with me on a week of my life, covering 15th-20th September, in which I had a very full-on time, various Skype calls/conferences, leading a virtual workshop, 3 separate speeches, and an NHS England meeting, and everything I got…

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Meeting 2 of the NHS Assembly: Supporting Carers, Workforce and Environmental Impact

I’ll start this blog with “Happy 71st Birthday NHS!”. What an institution our NHS is, and what it achieves, I’m living proof of the success of our NHS, despite the challenges it faces. If you want to know what the…

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Co-Production Week: Two Podcasts Sharing Two Different Uses of Co-Production

This week it’s National Co-production Week, running 1st-5th July. Managed by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE, which is pronounced “Sky”), co-production week aims to raise awareness of co-production and to highlight good examples of co-production, especially in social…

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Mid & South Essex Personalised Care & PHB Event – 6th June 2019

Today I co-facilitated an event with the NHS England PHB Eastern Region Lead, Sarah Walker, with the event organised by Sarah, the NHS England Personalised Care Team/Managers and with support from myself. With Essex having one of the lowest uptakes…

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Dying Matters Week 2019 – Are We Ready? Our Short Films

This week it has been Dying Matters Week 2019; 13th-19th May. The theme this year was “Are We Ready?” and what a great theme it is, as we really aren’t ready and we need to be. Dying Matters Awareness Week…

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Imposter Syndrome, Tall Poppies, Peer Leadership & Strategic Coproduction

In this blog I discuss strategic coproduction and peer leadership, the feeling of 'imposter syndrome' and the concept of 'tall poppies', and sharing my experiences of the above. I also share a definition of what I feel a peer leader…

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Sitting on the NHS Assembly & Supporting Implementation of the NHS Long Term Plan

With everything going on in the country currently, you’d be hard pressed to be able to ignore the negative press around the NHS, its future, the care it’s providing, patient satisfaction, and how other countries (without naming them) are trying…

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