Cairngorm Western

In the first of a new series of blogs on HorseMen, Amy's latest project, intern Lizzie MacKenzie shares some insights on her introduction to the world of documentary film-making through horsemanship, healing and the Cairngorm mountains. 

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Making a Difference

I showed 30 minutes of the film today to a rather intimidating group of people – leaders in palliative medicine across the UK, who had assembled at 8 am to watch what we have done in Strathcarron Hospice. It seemed a bit early in the day. “We’ve seen thousands of films on hospice care they said”. Gulp. Maybe they hadn’t had breakfast. And then of course the film wouldn’t play on the PC. Back up plan one – another type of file. Also didn’t play. Keep calm, Amy. Back up plan two – a DVD, made for me last night by the fleet-fingered Garaine at Scottish Documentary Institute. Worked beautifully.

 

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One Chance to Get it Right

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The report from 'Dying without dignity: Investigations by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman into complaints about end of life care' came out last week. Seven case accounts are given of people who met their death in ways that are not what they wanted. It is heart-breaking. But this is an important report: and the NHS needs to face the challenges it sets. There is only one chance to get it right. And it is more heart-breaking when it is communication – between professionals, patients and family, that is the fault-line.

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