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  • Season's Greetings

    Season's Greetings

    Season's greetings and best wishes for a merry Christmas from all of us at the Journal of Dementia Care. See you in 2020!

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  • Ladder to top CQC ratings

    Ladder to top CQC ratings

    19.12.19 Ladder to the Moon has launched a Rapid Creative Improvement Programme, which the consultancy and training provider bills as an intensive creativity and innovation programme to achieve change in care services. Under the programme, which involves five days working with the staff team, Ladder to the Moon consultants aim to complete an audit of the current situation, deliver rapid achievement of a service priority, embed characteristics typical of Care Quality Commission (CQC) “good” and “outstanding” ratings, and provide recommendations to sustain change. The programme has been piloted with Greensleeves Care.

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  • E-Newsletter - 13 December 2019

    E-Newsletter - 13 December 2019

    Here is this week’s round-up of dementia care news, stories and comment. This week's topics include technology and hospital admissions, an update on drug treatments, and a blog on lying to people with dementia. It is an editor's selection which we hope you will enjoy.

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  • Free online course - Foundations in Dementia

    Free online course - Foundations in Dementia

    17.12.19 The University of Nottingham has developed a free, online course that is now open for registration. Foundations in Dementia covers six themes in 2-3 hours per week, with research highlights featuring dementia experts from the University of Nottingham. The course is designed to address the learning requirements of the Tier 2 curriculum developed by the Higher Education Dementia Network. It is aimed at health and social care professionals, students, carers of people with dementia, individuals with a recent diagnosis, volunteers, and dementia researchers. More information here

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  • South coast student visits to families with dementia prove big hit

    South coast student visits to families with dementia prove big hit

    13.12.19 More than 2,600 student healthcare professionals at Brighton and Sussex Medical School have now visited families affected by dementia as a way of finding out about the condition from first-hand experience of living with it. Called the “Time for Dementia Programme,” a mandatory part of the curriculum in which students visit the families six times over a two-year period, it builds on students’ confidence and communication skills as well as having benefits for the families who play host. “We’ve got positive feedback from many of the families,” said Rachael Ross from Alzheimer’s Society, which helped develop the programme. “Some of them have been in the programme for four or five years because they’ve really enjoyed it.”

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  • Channel 4 adviser calls for more medical training on YOD

    Channel 4 adviser calls for more medical training on YOD

    16.12.19 Consultant geriatrician Dr Zoe Wyrko, who advised on Channel 4’s “The Restaurant that Makes Mistakes” TV series aired last summer, told the Young Dementia Annual Conference that it had helped to show people as people and not as “dementia sufferers”. Speaking at the conference, organised by JDC in association with UCL she said people with YOD volunteered to take part in the series, in which they catered for celebrities and learned new restaurant service skills. Wyrko said it had been valuable publicity and would help to bring in more research funding, but she deplored the lack of attention to YOD even in the medical curriculum. She called on delegates to lobby the General Medical Council to update curriculums “because this is the reason doctors don’t have knowledge of YOD.”

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  • Family of Welsh speaker with dementia shocked by move to England

    Family of Welsh speaker with dementia shocked by move to England

    12.12.19 Older people’s commissioner for Wales Helena Herklots has expressed concern about an NHS decision to move an elderly Welsh speaker with dementia to a care facility in England. Thomas Griffith Jones, an 82-year-old grandfather, faces being transferred from Anglesey to Stafford because of his complex care needs, despite understanding “only a bit of English”. Herklots told the BBC that it was crucial not to overlook the “significant impact” of such a move: "For Welsh speakers, particularly those living with dementia, who may only be able to communicate in Welsh, being relocated away from a Welsh-speaking area can also create communication difficulties and create distress," she said. Mr Jones’ family fear the NHS decision will be “very confusing and quite scary” for him.

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  • Tribute to Four Seasons Health Care lead facilitator Colin Sheeran

    Tribute to Four Seasons Health Care lead facilitator Colin Sheeran

    11.12.19 Here Laura Steward pays tribute to her former colleague Colin Sheeran, who has died. Laura writes: “Colin was the lead project facilitator for Four Seasons Healthcare. He joined Four Seasons in 2014 to work on the PEARL project, then helped to design the different elements of Four Seasons Dementia Care Framework and lead a team of dementia, care and activity experts to implement the project throughout the business. Having worked in dementia care in the independent sector for 25 years as a nurse, home manager, regional manager and dementia care specialist, Colin had an intuitive understanding of people living with dementia and inspired others to look after people with compassion and kindness. His belief in his team was second to none; each of us grew not only as professionals, but as individuals, and that is purely because of Colin’s guidance and encouragement. He was not only our colleague, but our dear friend, and was the most wonderful of men.”

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  • Nurses worried by plans for liberty protection safeguards

    Nurses worried by plans for liberty protection safeguards

    10.12.19 An NHS acute trust safeguarding adviser has told Nursing Times magazine that she is “horrified” by impending changes to the deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS). DoLS are due to be replaced with a new system of liberty protection safeguards (LPS) in October 2020, but there are particular concerns that nurses will be ill-prepared for the changes. LPS will extend safeguards, where someone who lacks capacity is deprived of their liberty, to a wider range of settings and are supposed to be simpler than DoLS. Budgets have been set aside to train doctors and social workers on the new system but not nurses, according to Nursing Times.

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  • Age UK analysis shows 2.5m lost hospital bed days

    Age UK analysis shows 2.5m lost hospital bed days

    09.12.19 Some new number-crunching by Age UK indicates that social care-related delayed discharges from hospital have led to 2.5 million lost bed days since the last general election and cost the NHS £587 million. Although medically fit to be discharged, people were having to stay in hospital beds at a cost of £640,000 a day because social care arrangements could not be made at the right time, Age UK said. “The human cost is arguably even greater,” said charity director Caroline Abrahams, “with many older people finding [delayed discharges] mean their recovery and rehabilitation is seriously delayed or in the worst cases put out of reach altogether.”

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