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It is some time since I blogged here – apologies to anyone who missed me and apologies, also, to anyone who would have been happy for me to stay away!

This time around is all about stories and gifts. The first story is that of the…

I recently attend two courses at the School of Life. One was called ‘How to communicate better at work’ and the other ‘How to have better conversations’. Both classes were pretty theoretical (as the School of Life has arisen from making people…

Pilotlight is a partner in an event - Capacity Building: The Art of the Possible - organised by Providers and Personalisation to share learning around self-directed support.

In 2012, the Scottish Government Self-directed Support team…

I work for LGBT Health and Wellbeing, supporting services working with older people to become more inclusive of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. This is a valuable opportunity to affect change – and I want it to be the change…

I come from a family of tinkerers. My granddad was always in his shed hacking away at something or in the garage mucking about with his Morris Minor. He was a postman, not a carpenter or an engineer or a mechanic. Mostly, he didn’t know what he…

Turning points

This exercise comes with a health warning - it can unearth unwanted emotions. Participants need to be encouraged to look after themselves and only deal with parts of their lives that they choose to.

Draw a linear graph of…

Since July 2013, Iriss's Innovation and Improvement team has been leading a project to design a care pathway to support the transition from hospital to home for older people.

The first stage of this project (July 2013-April 2014) involved…

Since the changing of the year seems to be the time for lists, top ten lists, etc., I decided to compile mine about being creative whist producing cutting‐edge research. Not for the faint‐hearted! Here goes:

1. Be curious. Be a detective…

Fit for the Future is a partnership project of Iriss and Scottish Care dedicated to inspiring better outcomes for older people by working with providers from the independent sector. The project worked with care homes and care at home providers in…

The past year has seen a massive leap forward in Virtual Reality(VR) technology.  One company in particular is at the forefront of this exciting new frontier.

The Oculus Rift is a modern re-imagining of that 1990’s dream of virtual…