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Care, Compassion and Communication - Please Hear What I'm Not Saying

Wed, 11/04/2015 - 12:19 -- admin

Initially, Paul was asked to recite one of the poems, Please Hear What I'm Not Saying, by Charles C Finn, at a Derbyshire carers event. This went down so well that he has spent time recording the video with the NHS, which will be used in future staff training.

Wendy Slater, care programme approach manager for Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: "In June, during Carers Week, Derbyshire Healthcare, in partnership with mental health carer groups across the county, held a Festival of Caring to celebrate the work of carers. "This included afternoon tea sessions in Derby and Chesterfield where carers shared their feelings about caring for friends and relatives - both the joys and the difficulties, and the impact this has on their everyday lives.
"One carer identified the Please Hear What I'm Not Saying poem, saying that it spoke very strongly to her about the mask that carers sometimes have to wear.
"Paul read this for her and his delivery of the poem powerfully affected many of the carers, staff and service users who were present.
"So the reading of this poem by Paul will be used by the trust in training staff and to help people understand the impact that caring for someone with a mental health problem can have on partners, friends and relatives."

Paul spent time at Kingsway Hospital recording the video. Afterwards, he was praised by Kate Majid, Derbyshire Healthcare NHS head of transformation and patient involvement. She said: "I just wanted to pass on my sincere thanks for reading the poem on film.
"I've had the pleasure of a sneak preview and it is extremely moving - not simply the words but the way in which Paul presented them."

Paul has previously given talks at school assemblies on a range of subjects, including preparing for the world of work, careers, health and safety, life situations and team work. He is hoping that, after finishing work at Rolls Royce earlier this year, he will find a new career with reciting poetry at its heart. Paul mainly composes his own acrostic poems - a type of poetry where the first, last or other letters in a line spell out a particular word or phrase. He said: "It's amazing the response I have had since my appearance in the Derby Telegraph.
"As well as this video, I was also asked to appear at the start of a city council cabinet meeting to recite one of my poems. It's all been very exciting and the recording was the icing on the cake."

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