Dementia (March 2011)

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The theme of this Dignity Network event was Dementia care and the key note speaker was Professor Jane Gilliard, National Dementia Strategy Implementation Manager at the Department of Health, who gave an amusing and insightful presentation which gave an overview of current work.

Dementia Presentation
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For those of you who were unable to attend the following is a brief summary of the key points of her presentation.

Living well with dementia

  • An update on the implementation of the National Dementia Strategy National Dementia Declaration and Dementia Action Alliance was launched on 26 October 2010 and meet quarterly. Their web site is: www.dementiaaction.org.uk
  • Production of a Commissioning pack – there are 2 major packs proposed by Government. The first will have 4 domains – timely diagnosis, acute hospital care, care at home and anti psychotic medication. Both will be completed by April.
  • Review of anti-psychotic medication – there is a target to reduce its use by two thirds by November 2011.
  • Ministerial Advisory Group on Dementia Research which has met twice and attended by 500 people.
  • A major awareness raising campaign was launched last year and further TV Pilot is planned for the North East and Yorkshire and Humberside soon
  • A two year programme of demonstrator sites is underway. A film was shown of the demonstrator sites to give examples of how, with some imagination, changes to the living environment can be uplifting and positive.
  • A number of other useful websites were included in the presentation which have been made into a fact sheet that can be found at www.southglos.gov.uk/dignityincare

Denise Hope ran a workshop session in two parts. The first session looked at how dementia is perceived and a discussion around what practical steps can be taken to improve these perceptions to improve people’s lives. The second session was a discussion about a case study of a service user called Henry.

Barriers to overcome:

  • Attitudes – public/media – need to raise awareness
  • Funding – is lack of money an issue?
  • Professional awareness – be more willing to accept view of those who know the client best
  • More information/training/resources – training is available – but do people know about it?
  • Move to more personalised services – look at and focus on individual needs
  • Staff approach – cultures of staff
  • Education for public, staff, families and service users

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