Nurse gets to meet the PM

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A NURSE with a South Yorkshire health trust met Prime Minister David Cameron at a Downing Street reception after being nominated in a national awards programme.

Suzanne Wightman, project lead at the South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, received the nomination along with her colleagues for their work producing a new multimedia toolkit to improve the quality of life of older people.

The Portrait of a Life kit, created with support from the Mental Health Foundation, is particularly useful for people with dementia as it helps create life stories – piecing together their past and promoting positive care planning for the future.

Suzanne said it had been an honour to attend the reception and meet Mr Cameron, along with Secretary of State for Health Andrew Lansley.

She said: “It was also a great opportunity to discuss the work being done to improve the lives of those with dementia.

“I was able to speak with the Prime Minister about the use of life story work as a therapeutic approach and present him with a copy of the toolkit.”

The hard work of the ‘Portrait of a Life’ team has also been recognised in the last 12 months at the International Dementia Excellence Awards and the Nursing Times Awards, being shortlisted as finalists on each occasion.