Winston Churchill Fellow 2018

Great news!

I am delighted to have been awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Travel Fellowship grant, which is a great honour to become a Winston Churchill Fellow 2018. The fellowship will enable me to travel to New Zealand, Australia and the United States of America to explore the issue of culturally diverse prison populations and how prisoners with cognitive impairment or dementia are cared for and supported. I will be visiting a number of prominent prisons in each country, which have implemented initiatives to support both a culturally diverse prison population and those with cognitive impairment or dementia. This will include talking to prison, health and social care professionals as well as prisoners, and will provide examples and information to inform initiatives to support prisoners in England and Wales.

 Please see below link for other nurses taking up this amazing opportunity:

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AEC day 1

Alzheimer's Europe Conference Day 1

Opening session including speakers with dementia, those that look out for them, nurses and scientists. A powerful and inspirational speech from Jayne and Chris and the use of cognitive bridges and Imogen on dementia friendly communities:
And of course my colleague from Oxford Institute of Nursing Midwifery and Allied Health Research:
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Alzheimer Europe Conference 2017

Alzheimer Europe Conference  2017

Official opening ceremony
Care today, cure tomorrow

Powerful beginning to the two day conference, with discussions from people with dementia and scientists. Interesting discussion on how the trajectory for the disease of dementia is changing:

10th International Scientific Conference »Continuous development of nursing in society and its contribution to health promotion«
to be held on 8 June 2017, in Bled, Slovenia
Conference held in the beautiful country of Slovenia, with stunning views over Bled, supported by the Angela BoΕ‘kin Faculty of Health Care. Many countries were represented including: Ireland, England, Scotland, United States of America, Slovenia, Serbia and Kosovo.
An interesting conference regarding the development of nursing and nursing roles, with a number of presentations related to dementia and dementia care. An engaging and interesting conference, which ended with the 10th anniversary celebrations of the Angela

Monika Rybacka presenting on the development of the role of activity coordinators within acute hospital settings to support patients with cognitive impairment:

Dr Jo Brooke representing the Oxford Institute of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Research on the round table discussion as part of the 10…

ADI 2017 Kyoto

32nd International Conference of Alzheimer's Disease International

Kyoto, Japan

My second time presenting at this conference, always an amazing energy and buzz, which is so inspiring. Brilliant to have my son with me and to see him equally inspired πŸ˜ƒ

Learning loads and meeting amazing and inspiring people, and the conference lunches are one of the best I have had yet. Bit of course learning about culture at the same time! So busy... accidentally said to my son "I really need a holiday" the look on his face πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

I wondered if work you mind if I just kept travelling - clearly researching/writing while I went...

Vampire Cafe

Vampire Cafe, Ginza, Tokyo

I have come to understand that Tokyo is an amazing city with culture meeting the modern age.

Thanks to my son and his girlfriend I have visited many places that I would not have attempted on my own. For example that parks, shrines and temples. But, also the other side of Tokyo and electric city, animal cafes (very very strange), maid cafes (at which point I went home!!!!).

I have a favorite cafe that I wish to share, but before I do, I would like to stress I have been working and sight seeing and unfortunately over the past few days I have been rather unwell (hence my lack of posts), however following a couple of days in bed and no running for over 5 days :( feeling much better :)

My favorite cafe is of course the Vampire Cafe, some pictures below, and in one I think I look a bit demonic myself:

Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan

I have had an amazing day with my son and his girlfriend exploring Tokyo, well particularly one part - Ueno Park. The culture of Japan meets the new capital. During the day we meet some locals that happily stopped and explained some of their rituals to us, just a spontaneous act of kindness. I have added some pictures, which do not do this place justice at all, looking forward to exploring tomorrow.

So caught up with this city, I haven't done any work today (although the Uni is officially closed today), but for those that know me that in itself is amazing, although I managed a run πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚