Dementia Action Alliance September Newsletter

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The first thing to mention in our September edition of the National DAA newsletter is that our Dementia Friendly Hospitals Charter launched on 3 September and is available to download. Also in this month’s update are details of a new report by Tide and DEEP on end of life care, an interview with Buz Loveday from Dementia Trainers and information on how to take part in an engagement exercise with the Department of Health and Social Care. Plus there are further updates from Beth Brittonand Your Life Management as well as news Tracey Shorthouse joining our Dementia-Friendly Hospitals Task Force.

The updated Dementia Friendly Hospitals Charter is now available

Our Dementia Friendly Hospital Charter relaunch event took place on 3 September featuring a varied selection of expert speakers with more than 80 attendees. The presentations from the day can be found on our website here. In the build up to the relaunch the charter was endorsed by Minister for Care, Caroline Dinenage, Professor Alistair Burns from NHS England and Professor Martin Green OBE from Care England. To see what they said as feedback from Dementia Leads in hospitals and download the charter itself click below.

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New Report on End of Life Care and Post Bereavement Support

Tide and DEEP launch a new report sharing the perspectives of people living with dementia and their carers. In Autumn 2017, ‘DEEP – The Dementia Engagement & Empowerment Project’ (the UK network of Dementia Voices) and ‘tide – together in dementia everyday’ (the UK network of carers of people with dementia), held a series of three workshops in North West England to stimulate conversations about end of life care with people living with dementia and carers of people living with dementia.

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5 minutes with Buz Loveday from Dementia Trainers

We spoke to Buz Loveday who is the Lead Trainer at NDAA member Dementia Trainers on the work they are carrying out and the focus of that plus our own Seldom Heard to Seen & Heard campaign. Dementia Trainers help organisations deliver outstanding person-centred dementia care to their clients by providing dementia training, consultancy, mentoring and support.

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Health and care staff invited to take part in engagement exercise

The Department of Health and Social Care have invited millions of health and care staff to be part of the biggest health and social care conversation in British history in a new national engagement exercise launched by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock. The Secretary of State gave a speech to staff at Southmead Hospital Bristol, on a visit where he met and thanked clinicians from ‘the bottom of his heart’ for treating and saving the life of his sister last year. To contribute to the engagement exercise professionals can register here to join submit views or for more details click below.

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Beth Britton gains Skills for Care training & mentoring endorsement

NDAA member Beth Britton has collaborated with fellow member Skills for Care and become an endorsed training and mentoring provider. Beth said

“I am extremely proud to say that I’ve been Endorsed as a training and mentoring provider by Skills for Care”

After a rigorous application process that involved submitting 50 individual pieces of evidence alongside narrative statements totalling 2500+ words, Beth was delighted to join Skills for Care’s Endorsed Providers. She thanked all of her fantastic clients and colleagues who supported the application and helped to make Endorsement a reality, and Skills for Care for their support and professionalism throughout the process.

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Dementia Statements: Your Life Management Services

Your Life Management Services
 have a selection of updated actions based on the following Dementia Statement:

“We have the right to be respected, and recognised as partners in care, provided with education, support, services, and training which enables us to plan and make decisions about the future”

One of the updated actions is:

“Your Life Management will develop Dementia Voices – A support group for carers and people living with dementia. We have started the initiative across a selection of our developments to empower those affected by dementia. It is a group for people living with dementia, family members and loved ones affected by dementia that will help shape our services and policies to help us achieve a better quality of life for both the person and the people around them. We aim to have run 3 groups by November 2018.”

See this action as well as three other updated actions from Your Life Management by clicking below

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Other DAA news – click for details

Retired nurse Tracey Shorthouse joins Dementia Friendly Hospitals Task Force

We’ll be hosting a stream again at the UK Dementia Congress on acute hospitals, members get 15% off

 NHS England publish the Dementia Care Pathway guidance on dementia care & support through Royal College of Psychiatrists

Royal College of Nursing release new resource to support nursing care in older peoples care homes

Young Dementia Annual Conference takeing place on 20 September in Birmingham

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