For the third year running, the National Dementia Action Alliance were approached by The Journal of Dementia Care to be a stream partner for Dementia Congress and run a stream on dementia care in acute hospitals.
On 7th November, Imperial NHS Trust’s Jo James kicked off the morning by expertly chairing three presentations. NDAA’s Sarah Tilsed began by providing an update on the Dementia-Friendly Hospital work, including the launch of a new Hospital Charter Dementia Leads Network, a poster for hospitals to display, and working with Public Health Wales to create dementia-friendly hospitals across Wales.
Chloe Hood from Royal College of Psychiatrists provided an update on the fourth round of the National Audit of Dementia, which generated lots of interesting questions from the audience.
We then saw a fantastic panel, chaired by Toby Williamson, discuss the creation of the charter poster and why it’s important to them. The expert panellists – from Dementia UK’s Lived Experience Advisory Panel (LEAP) and tide (together in dementia every day) – were Frank Arrojo, Janis Cottee, George Rook and Tracey Shorthouse and all had been involved in the production of the condensed version of the charter.
University of Worcester’s Sarah Waller wonderfully opened the afternoon by chairing three fascinating and varied presentations. The first was by Louise Seaward & Lauren Daughtrey from Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust who have been innovative and created a delirium support outreach service; followed by Imperial NHS Trust’s Nicole Bevan who has created a unique support pack to support individuals with dementia having dialysis; and this session ended with Brenda, Faveline and Cheryl from Barts Health NHS Trust raising the spirits of the room by showing how they use music as a way of creating a connection for people with dementia.
Vicki Leah from University of East London fantastically chaired the final session, which started with a lovely presentation by Lynne Phair and Sally Dando from Dementia the Montessori Way UK, who spoke about their book clubs that provide cognitive stimulation for people with dementia. The day ended with Chris Wilkin from Taunton & Somerset NHS FT holding a workshop on targeted interactive storytelling.
We would like to thank The Journal of Dementia Care for being a member of the NDAA and inviting us to be a stream partner in UKDC.