Tips from Crystal Tipps

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Deborah Slater, one of the judges in the Self Management Awards 2017 shares why she is looking forward to judging this year’s awards and why she wants to turn back time…

For me self-management is empowering people with the confidence, skills, knowledge and support to live well with a strong sense of control and purpose.

It is not about being left to fend for yourself without help. For a number of years now Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland (CHSS) have been running a course called COSMIC (Champions of Self-Management In Care).  We aim to empower people living with long term conditions to see what is possible and to make informed decisions.  Increasingly we are being asked to run the course for Healthcare Professionals too.   CHSS has previously been successful at the Self-Management Awards and this year are delighted to have been invited to help judge the awards.

I’m looking forward to being inspired by the amazing work that people are doing in other parts of Scotland, learning from that good practice and spreading the word.

You should submit a nomination because whether or not you win, don’t under-estimate the huge sense of achievement that you feel when your work receives national recognition.  You have worked hard so don’t be embarrassed to blow your own trumpet.  Equally if you have been inspired by somebody else’s work then get nominating.

What piece of advice would you give your younger self?

Play to your strengths and don’t waste time pretending to be someone you are not.

Illustrated image of purple hairWhat’s the biggest compliment you’ve ever received?

From a training consultant attending a course that I facilitated: “That was the best training course I have ever been on”……either that or a colleague remarking:  “your hair reminds me of Crystal Tipps”.  I was a big fan but I’m showing my age now.

If you could have a super power, what would it be?

Turning back time: how many times have you said “with the benefit of hindsight I would have…”?  Not to mention all of the disasters that you could prevent.

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