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  • Dementia care pathway guidance published as part of Forward View

    Dementia care pathway guidance published as part of Forward View

    30.08.18 Guidance has been published for the dementia care pathway, one of several mental health pathways developed as part of the government’s Five Year Forward View for Mental Health. It has been produced by the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health and is intended to improve delivery and quality of care and support for people with dementia, their families and carers. Guidance available HERE

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  • Dementia-Friendly Hospitals Charter to be relaunched

    Dementia-Friendly Hospitals Charter to be relaunched

    29.08.18 The Dementia-Friendly Hospitals Charter is to be relaunched at an event in London on 3 September and will contain a new section on volunteering in hospitals. Originally launched in 2015 by the National Dementia Action Alliance (NDAA), the charter provides guidance on best practice for staff and shows what people with dementia and their families should expect from hospitals. A relaunch event is being held at University College London Hospital and will be an opportunity for hospital staff to find out how to utilise the charter most effectively and share knowledge with peers. It is a free event, mainly for dementia leads, hospital dementia team members, chief nurses and hospital trust CEOs. More information click HERE

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  • Health staff - new professional standards on safeguarding

    Health staff - new professional standards on safeguarding

    28.08.18 Minimum training requirements and professional competences on adult safeguarding are set out in new guidance from the Royal College of Nursing (RCN). The RCN, which led development of the guidance on behalf of 30 royal colleges, said that health care staff involved in adult safeguarding would have three years to meet the new professional standards. Both emerging and common forms of abuse are covered by the guidance, such as “cuckooing” where unscrupulous people take over someone’s home, possessions and finances, as well as domestic abuse and modern slavery. Dawne Garrett, RCN professional lead for older people and dementia care said: "Following a plethora of abuse scandals involving adults at risk, health care staff now have a set of competencies they need to meet to help them safeguard people from harm. Until now, there hasn't been an equivalent." Guidance click HERE

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  • E-Newsletter 24 August 2018

    E-Newsletter 24 August 2018

    I am delighted to bring you my week’s round-up of dementia care news, stories and comment. This week's topics include the new Dementia Care Pathway guidance, new guidance from the Royal College of Nursing on adult safeguarding and a new cognitive rehabilitation programme led by Exeter University. It is an editor's selection which I hope you will enjoy.

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  • Care homes test tablet app as illness warning system

    Care homes test tablet app as illness warning system

    24.08.18 Seven care homes in Sheffield have been piloting a new tablet app which can spot whether older residents are unwell and reduce their need to go into hospital, according to care home review website www.carehome.co.uk. Staff have been trained to use the new app – Inhealthcare Professional – which is designed to be an early warning system for illness. It can be used, says the website, to monitor respiration rate, oxygen saturation, temperature, blood pressure, heart rate and level of consciousness, providing information which can then be shared with nurses at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Called the Digital Care Home Project, it is being trialled with 70 residents at seven care homes in the city.

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  • Care workers can have their say on recruitment plans

    Care workers can have their say on recruitment plans

    23.08.18 Care workers have been invited by the government to “have their say” on recruiting more people to work in care homes, home care and the sector generally. The Department of Health and Social Care is asking care staff to complete an online survey to help it increase the numbers of people who work in care in England. It asks questions about staff’s motivations for working in the caring profession, how they applied for the role, what they were doing before and what helped them make their minds up to work in care. The department said the survey would take 10 minutes to complete and answers would remain anonymous. Link to survey - click HERE

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  • Sensibility sensory arts festival features in new video

    Sensibility sensory arts festival features in new video

    22.08.18 TouchBase Pears is an inspirational resource centre in Birmingham run by the disability charity SENSE, which recently held a sensory arts festival called Sensibility. The three-day disability arts festival brought people together from all over the country and showcased the contributions and connections to arts and creativity of 60 deaf-blind and disabled people. It is an inclusive arts programme co-produced by people with complex disabilities and groups of older people, in particular those living with dementia. Click on this link for a video about the Sensibility Programme and Festival click HERE

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  • E-Newsletter  17 Aug 2018

    E-Newsletter 17 Aug 2018

    I am delighted to bring you my week’s round-up of dementia care news, stories and comment. This week's topics include the DoLS backlog and a sensory arts festival. It is an editor's selection which I hope you will enjoy.

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  • Mortality rate rises in over-90s driven by dementia, ONS shows

    Mortality rate rises in over-90s driven by dementia, ONS shows

    17.08.18 Mortality rates for “mental and behavioural disorders such as dementia” have increased sharply, says the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in life expectancy figures released this week. The ONS said the rise in mortality rates overall for people aged 90 or more was driven by the rise in dementia deaths. But the ONS said there were other factors as well, such as increased reporting of deaths from dementia because the condition is better understood, diagnosis rates have gone up, and the coding framework for cause of death has changed to make it more likely that dementia will be recorded as the cause.

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  • Dementia UK director raises concerns about “fractured” care system

    Dementia UK director raises concerns about “fractured” care system

    16.08.18 Dementia UK’s new director of clinical services Paul Edwards made headlines on the Express newspaper’s website – “Dementia UK director slams ‘fractured’ care system – ‘the government has SO much to do.’” He is quoted as saying that people with dementia are struggling to find their way around a fractured care system and that there is too much variation between regions. He says: “From being tied up by bureaucracy which delays the support a family receives even further, to the variance in regional dementia care and support, it’s reached the stage where many people just don’t know where or who they can turn to in order to address their often complex needs. If we want a society that views, understands and responds to the issues that dementia brings then frank, open and receptive conversations need to be spearheaded by MPs.

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