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The ‘Implementation Guide and resource pack for dementia care’ has now been published and can be found on the NHS England website here for future reference https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/dementia-care-short-guide.pdf.
This Guide sets out the policy drivers and strategic context for transforming dementia care, and why it is of importance to commissioners, providers and STP partners in supporting the delivery of the Department of Health’s ‘Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia 2020’ and ‘Implementation Plan’.
Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust have produced this short training film (27 minutes – suitable for use in team meetings) to show how professionals, paid and family carers can use the principles of the Mental Capacity Act to support wellbeing and uphold human rights in the community.
Please share widely across health and social care in the UK.
The number of people with dementia of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) origin is expected to rise significantly – a seven fold increase over 40 years compared to a two fold increase in the number of people with dementia across the whole UK population in the same period.
It is recognised that within the BAME communities there is low awareness of dementia and low numbers of people accessing dementia services. The ‘Prime Ministers Challenge on Dementia 2020’ outlines the need to reduce variation in dementia care, support and access across age, gender, and ethnicity. It commits to “an increase in the numbers of people of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic origin and other seldom heard groups who receive a diagnosis of dementia” and greater provision of culturally competent care, with staff better able to meet the diverse needs of people with dementia.
The Implementation Plan called for Health Education England to commission a film for health and social care providers that focuses on the specific needs of the African Caribbean community within the care process. ‘Finding Patience’ had been developed with the input of experts across the system and follows Patience and her family as they recognise and come to terms with her dementia and ultimately seek help. To date these films have been very well received nationally as an awareness raising tool and although these have been shared previously, I am sharing these again with the request that these are shared further within your networks.
HEE recognise that a wealth of tools and training packages may have been developed locally and in order to understand the level of activity and to share good practice, colleagues are encouraged to share any local developments in dementia awareness with local office leads, in a bid to promote existing good practice and reduce duplication nationally.
This year Fab Change Day is changing. A natural evolution into something rather special, #FabChangeWeek from Monday 13th to Friday 17th November 2017. A real opportunity to showcase long lasting change coming from the collective commitment of frontline staff in health and social care settings.
We know we can’t do it alone. We need people like you!
There are so many ways you can take part irrelevant of where you are within your organisation. Don’t ever think you can’t make a change happen… the power for change and transformation lies within each and every one of us.
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The Trust’s Memory Support Worker Team has helped create a film to showcase their work.
The team, which was set up in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society in 2015, works with people in Leeds who have memory problems, and their families. They ensure that those living with dementia are able to access meaningful information, advice and support. By doing this, they’ve enabled staff in the Memory Services in the Trust to re-focus their efforts on their clinical role.
The film follows Memory Support Worker, Gwen Oates, on a visit to service users Violet and Ted at home. “She [Gwen] does a lot for us,” explains Violet. “If there’s anything wrong, or if we have a problem, she helps us.”
In the film, we hear from Audrey, who also has first-hand experience of the difference the team can make. “The dementia is very, very difficult for me,” says Audrey. “I feel much more confident knowing that I’ve got a support worker that I can ring and get help from. It means an awful lot to me. “I look forward to when she comes. It’s a big help.”
Watch the Memory Support Worker film:
Health Care Assistants led the development of ‘Carers Corners’ on Hazel and Hawthorne physical health rehabilitation wards at Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber (RDaSH) NHS Foundation Trust #rdashisfab
Our aim: – To provide a supportive space in the inpatient ward areas for patient’s relatives, friends, and carers.
Carers Corner: – Health Care Assistants upon each of the two ward areas took on the responsibility for identifying appropriate space within the ward areas to set up the Carer’s Corner. Then relevant health and social care information was obtained, as was a refurbished computer and phone, to enable carers to use the phone or Internet (supported if required) to assist their loved one and also their health and wellbeing.
Why this is important for people: – There is a shortage of room space in the ward areas, however there is a need to provide space for Carers to speak with staff, or be assisted in activities that they require in order to support transition of their loved one back home.
Often Carers will need to complete practical tasks, such as contacting health and social care agencies, or ordering equipment. Carers may not have the access to internet or phone at home, and also may struggle in completing these tasks.
In having an appropriate space within the unit, Carers can be supported and enabled by Health Care Assistants in the ward area.
What difference we have made: – The ‘Carers Corner’ is now complete. Carers and visitors have started to use these spaces, and have provided positive feedback to staff. Carers have used the space in different ways for different tasks, one example is provided below:
‘A patient was admitted, whose mobility was limited due to lack of appropriate shoes. The patient’s husband asked if staff could help get these for her. Student Nurse Paige enabled him to use the computer, because he had struggled to do this, and he proceeded to order the shoes of his wife’s liking, and paid for them online with quick delivery. The patient’s husband was very grateful, as he could complete this task whilst in the ward with his wife, and he was also able to learn a new skill on the computer which he was happy about.‘
In sharing this innovation, other areas in the Trust are now considering the development of designated spaces for families and carers.
For more information:- Please contact Judith Graham via email – firstname.lastname@example.org or via twitter @Jude_Graham_
Southport College will be visiting the Trust on the following dates to provide an introduction to Health & Social Care apprenticeships at levels 2 & 3. If you are keen to gain a recognised qualification in the work that you do, then this is for you.
Monday 14th November 9am-12.15 pm,
Room 2 Education Centre
Thursday 17th November, 9.30 am -2pm,
Lounge, Clinical Education Centre
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