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From leaving school, Pamela Eaton BSc MA RHV RMHN MIHPE PGCE Dip Counselling (Dementia Friend) had an over-riding ambition to help to improve people’s lives. At the beginning she only wanted to work with children and young people. To this end, she trained and practised nursery nursing, then paediatric nursing and obstetrics. She especially enjoyed working with children and young people with disabilities. She then went on to general nursing, working with adults in many settings. Health visiting meant that she could use a holistic approach to caring for and supporting all members of the family and the community, from cradle to grave. An interesting time was her work in public health with families of prisoners. She has always enjoyed singing, finding that it alleviated many stressful situations in the community, and in hospitals and hospices.
Her passion for providing the best possible support led her to work on national Government projects in identifying and establishing measurable standards for nursing and health visiting. This also involved training staff nationally on achieving these standards and implementing them in the community and hospitals. Working across the age spectrum in the community in Bolton, she helped set up and worked as part of a multiagency team to support the health and wellbeing of that community, and to improve their choice and build their own lives.
As CEO of the Community Health Council, she championed patient rights, collaborating with local MPs and councillors, and through the media of TV and radio, and speaking at conferences.
She led Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in West Lancashire, and then was Head of Children’s Services. Using the concept of community and all-inclusive work, she has specialised in caring for and supporting members of the older generation. As well as working on a one-to-one basis with the older person and their loved ones, she enjoys training their carers and support staff through the local college and university. Her main special interest and strengths are with vulnerable older people, whatever their vulnerability. Working with individuals who have dementia and their families is also a specialty that she enjoys and about which she is passionate. Her special thrill: being invited by HM Queen Elizabeth II to her Garden Party in 2013 at Buckingham Palace in recognition of her contribution to improving the lives of those living in deprived communities.
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