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  • Senior personnel changes for two prominent care organisations

    Senior personnel changes for two prominent care organisations

    17.01.19 In two notable people moves last week, national social care charity Community Integrated Care (CIC) has appointed Libby Raper to replace Dame Joan Stringer as chair of its board of trustees, while Sharon Blackburn has announced her departure from National Care Forum (NCF). Raper takes over at CIC having been chair of Leeds College of Music and vice-chair of York NHS Teaching Hospital, with 20 years of experience in the commercial sector as a head of marketing. CIC employs 6,500 staff and supports more than 3,500 people, including people with dementia. Sharon Blackburn, NCF’s policy and communications director, will be stepping down in the Spring and plans a move to Australia where she will work for BallyCara, which provides care for older people.

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  • Help sought with new toolkit to improve dementia care

    Help sought with new toolkit to improve dementia care

    18.01.19 A web-based toolkit filled with stories and tips on how health and care organisations can improve dementia care is to be produced by Alzheimer’s Society. Commissioned by the Department of Health and Social Care, the toolkit will be a resource designed to encourage organisations to follow the Dementia Action Alliance’s rights-based Dementia Statements. Alzheimer’s Society is looking for examples of good practice to go into the toolkit, as well as service commissioners and providers who might be willing to help test the toolkit content in the coming weeks. Anyone with an interest is asked to complete a short online survey HERE

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  • Music for Dementia website provides information hub

    Music for Dementia website provides information hub

    16.01.19 The Music for Dementia 2020 website was launched this week to provide an information hub for advice, evidence-based research and expertise on why music is essential for people with dementia and their carers. It claims to be the first website of its kind bringing the music and dementia care sectors together. Set up in response to an ILC-UK report on dementia and music, the website aims to enhance people’s quality of life by making access to information about music services easier. “The website is a living, dynamic source of information,” said Grace Meadows, the site’s programme director. “Working with all the music, dementia, care and health communities, this site will be all-encompassing and inclusive, and we want to encourage people to share their work with us so we can be making people aware what musical activities are available in their communities and supporting access to them.” Click HERE

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  • The WHELD programme: showing the benefits

    The WHELD programme: showing the benefits

    Do person-centred care and social activity benefit people living with dementia in care homes? Lucy Garrod, Jane Fossey and Clive Ballard discuss the results of the WHELD study and implications for practice

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  • Technology helps people stay healthy at home

    Technology helps people stay healthy at home

    Does technology have the answers to early identification of health problems in dementia? Helen Rostill and colleagues discuss the early findings from their pioneering study: Technology Integrated Health Management (TIHM) for dementia

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  • A direct dementia referral pathway

    A direct dementia referral pathway

    Early diagnosis can help people to live well with dementia, but what if GPs omit to make the necessary referrals? Beverley Drogan came up with an ingenious answer

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  • Broad welcome for NHS plan on taking action on 'major killer conditions'

    Broad welcome for NHS plan on taking action on 'major killer conditions'

    15.01.19 Reactions to the NHS long-term plan in the dementia field were generally positive with Alzheimer’s Society saying that the plan promised to save almost half a million more lives involving “practical action on major killer conditions and investment in cutting edge treatments.” Society chief executive Jeremy Hughes said: “Dementia is the biggest challenge facing our health and care system, and a number of proposals in the NHS Long Term Plan will help us meet this challenge.” Dementia UK said the plan would shift the focus away from hospitals and was a “welcome step in the right direction,” although it would also require a serious commitment to recruiting skilled professionals and publication of the long-promised social care Green Paper. “It is all well and good to focus on preventing conditions like dementia, but we need to give due regard to people who are facing health challenges in the here and now,” said Dementia UK director of clinical services Paul Edwards.

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  • NHS long-term plan promises better care for people with dementia

    NHS long-term plan promises better care for people with dementia

    14.01.19 More integrated care and a focus on prevention measures are among the pillars of the NHS 10-year plan, launched last week, accompanied by a £20.5 billion cash boost and a “guarantee” that investment in primary, community and mental health care will outpace that in other areas. Digital technology such as location trackers for people with dementia is highlighted as a way to reduce hospital admissions. Rapid response teams, working across primary care and local hospitals, will reach vulnerable patients within 2 hours to prevent hospitalisation, while “expanded neighbourhood teams” including dementia workers will be on hand as part of “fully integrated community-based health care”. A pilot scheme in which teams of health professionals are assigned to care homes will be rolled out nationally – the plan says that the Enhanced Health in Care Homes scheme has reduced the number of residents needing to be rushed to hospital by meeting their needs within the care homes.

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  • E-Newsletter - 11 Jan 2019

    E-Newsletter - 11 Jan 2019

    I am delighted to bring you my week’s round-up of dementia care news, stories and comment. This week's topics include the NHS long-term plan, new major research initiatives and a new music for dementia website resource. It is an editor's selection which I hope you will enjoy.

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  • JDC Asks...

    JDC Asks...

    Sex and intimacy among residents are sometimes seen as the “last taboo” in care homes. Do attitudes need to change?

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