In pursuit of ‘winefulness’ by Jo Simpson

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” What is mindfulness….. Mindfulness is about knowing directly what is going on inside and outside ourselves, moment by moment. It is easy to stop noticing what is around us, lose touch with our feelings and end up…

Don’t judge a book by its cover #GillianHope2017

I have spent my last day here in Coimbra Portugal walking around the old town, soaking up the sunshine, buying small souvenirs I can squeeze into my suitcase and reflecting on my time here in Portugal on the Hope Exchange Programme. When I very first arrived I remember thinking that everything looked a bit shabby…

A different paradigm #GillianHope2017

  Over the last few weeks I have explored the health care system in and around Coimbra in Portugal and often visited departments that have been outside my general field of knowledge and expertise. This has not been a negative experience and in most cases has been doubly interesting because I learned so much more.…

Stepping out #GillianHope2017

Crossing the road in Portugal is a little bit more tricky than in the UK . There are lots of zebra crossings  on the Portuguese roads but I have discovered that standing at the side of the road by the zebra crossing does not cause the traffic to stop. Standing on the first stripe of…

Pioneers in the system #GillianHope2017

When talking to nurses in the UK before I came to Portugal, the general consensus was that there was little or no research being done by nurses and allied health professionals in Portugal and all the research in health and social care was lead by medical doctors and academics. This view was pretty much supported…

Community – #GillianHope2017

Here’s what I have discovered recently:- Put 6 people from 6 different countries in a room in Portugal and ask them to prepare and complete a joint project and within a matter of 2 hours you have a functioning and cohesive community of practice. Last Friday I went to Lisbon to a meeting of all…

Initial impressions days 1-3 #GillanHope2017

Here I am, now on my third day in Coimbra and I have managed to find reliable wifi in the hotel lounge. The hospital here is suffering from the international cyber attack and all email and internet is still down and proving to be a real challenge to my new Portuguese colleagues. However, the sun…