Catriona Jamieson

I'm Catriona, learning disabilities specialist nurse. My role is to lead and develop various aspects of PAMIS' work including PAMIS Digital Passports, our specialist PMLD First Aid course, the specialist epilepsy service, health related services for people with PMLD, and digital services for people with PMLD. I am passionate about using a digital and multimedia approach to assist in developing a broad range of supportive and inclusive services and tools from oral and living history projects to communicating practical health and care information.

What inspired you to work with PAMIS?

I’ve always worked with people who have needed some sort of support to get the same opportunities as everyone else- in fact my sister and myself grew up as young carers, and so it almost seemed inevitable that most of my working life would involve some aspect of that! PAMIS were very supportive of a dear family member and I became aware of the work that the charity offered and how that could change people’s lives for the better.

What is your role?

Like everyone in PAMIS, I have multiple and diverse roles. I lead in several areas including the PAMIS Digital Passport, PMLD First Aid, Epilepsy and Digital. I'm involved in some health improvement work and, alongside my colleagues, support people with PMLD to gain the reasonable adjustments needed to gain equitable access to routine health care.
I spend a lot of time developing and delivering specialist training and enjoy working to deliver services that are truly practical and useful.

What does working at PAMIS mean to you?

I suspect that most of my colleagues would answer in the same way as me- working for PAMIS, and PAMIS families is more than a job. It truly is a way of life!
I am fortunate in having a very rewarding role where I get to work with individuals and families in a very practical and meaningful way. I get to see the best side of practitioners who are desperate to improve the lives of people who have PMLD and who see the value in listening to and acting on the experience of the family carers.
I can see daily the positive contribution that the work of PAMIS has on people's lives and I'm proud to be included in that.

Tell us something we wouldn’t guess about you?

I'm a figure skater and skate in a local adult skate team. We were chosen to appear on Dancing on Ice and skated as zombies to Thriller at Elstree Studios in London.

Why do you think it’s important for people to know about PAMIS and the services they provide?

It’s vital for people to know about PAMIS - as a person with PMLD or their family carer, to access support, activities and resources, as a practitioner, to ensure that your practice is relevant to people who have PMLD and aligns with your values base, or as a member of the general public, to ensure that you are aware of the needs of people who have PMLD and can adjust your own environment and communication to include them.

What is your favourite quote?
It takes a community.......