Nurse Suzanne’s chat with the PM

Nurse of the Year 2011 vist to No 10 Downing Street to a reception with David Cameron,PM.
Nurse of the Year 2011 vist to No 10 Downing Street to a reception with David Cameron,PM.

A NURSE who works in older people’s mental health services met the Prime Minister after being nominated for a Nursing Standard Award.

Suzanne Wightman, who works at South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust - which provides services in Calderdale - attended a reception at 10 Downing Street to meet David Cameron and Secretary of State for Health, Andrew Lansley.

She went along with a group of colleagues and spoke about their work on a toolkit, which aims to improve the quality of life for older people, particularly those living with dementia.

She said: “It was a real honour and 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 toolkit has been developed to help create life stories for people, particularly those living with dementia, by piecing together their past and looking at their care for the future.