Expert Seminar on Stigma-free Social Care

Date: 1 November 2019

First Speaker: Chris Stothart, NHS Lothian, on Ageing with HIV: A Health Needs Assessment

Chris currently works for NHS Lothian with a responsibility for developing sustainable health services. Previously, he worked as a Senior Health Promotion Specialist with a remit for sexual health and HIV. In 2018, Chris led the Ageing with HIV Health Needs Assessment in partnership with Waverley Care. His background is in public health, a field he has worked in for nearly seven years.

Second Speaker: James McAbraham, Member of HIV Scotland's Advisory Network, on themes around Social Care for older adults living with HIV.

James McAbraham grew up on Royal Deeside Aberdeenshire and has family there, in Isle of Skye, Perthshire, the Outer Hebrides, Ireland and the SE of England. Diagnosed with rapid onset AIDS on the 1st November 2002 – prognosis was not good. He is therefore relieved to be aging with HIV. He was well supported by his employers, his lesbian rabbi, his lover and many friends including the Reverend Fr Bernard Lynch who ministered in New York during the pandemic. Family support was thin! James was a contributor to HIV Scotland’s Disclosures publication.

Third Speaker: Kat Smithson, Director of Policy and Communications at the National AIDS Trust, on A HIV Guide for Care Providers.

Kat Smithson is Director of Policy and Communications at NAT (National AIDS Trust), the UK’s HIV policy and campaigning organisation. She has led on NAT's workaround HIV prevention and testing, stigma and HIV and the criminal justice system.

Fourth Speaker: Joyce Murray, Improvement Support Team Manager at the Care Inspectorate, on the Indicators of Good Practice for People Living with HIV in Social Care.

Joyce Murray (previously O’Hare) has worked in the Care Inspectorate since 2002.  Her initial role was as Professional adviser Tissue Viability having previously been a Tissue Viability clinical nurse specialist in the NHS Forth Valley from 1996 to 2002. Joyce was instrumental in the then regulator, the Care Commission’s publication ‘Pressure for Change’ in 2007 which looked at pressure ulcers in care homes and identified six key areas for improvement. Since August 2015, she has been the manager of the Improvement Support team.  Joyce manages a team of qualified improvement advisers who provide improvement support in the Care Inspectorate for inspectors as well as externally with service providers across a variety of early years, children and young people, adults’ and older people’s care settings. As part of the improvement role, Joyce completed the NES Scottish Improvement Leaders course in 2018. Joyce has a strong belief in the potential for continuous improvement, using a systematic approach to test out change ideas, which in turn lead to positive, sustainable outcomes for all involved and ultimately improves the quality of people’s lives.