dementia leaders programme
The purpose of this programme was to improve the awareness and understanding of dementia in Acute Care by providing training to 16 identified 'Dementia Champions' across the NHS South of England (Central) area who could then identify, lead and maintain quality improvements in dementia care across their acute hospital.
Professor Dawn Brooker and her team from the University of Worcester Association for Dementia Studies made a successful bid to deliver the training programme through a series of sessions from June to October 2012 with additional remote support/mentoring, to allow the Dementia Champions to then cascade the training to their teams and implement a programme of improved dementia awareness within their own acute setting.
People with dementia need to be supported and empowered by well-informed staff whether in hospital or the community. The urgency of addressing this in Acute settings is widely recognised as a key area for action and this project will make an important contribution so that people experience the best possible care and support . Ian Bainbridge, Deputy Director for People, Communities and Local Government, Department of Health (South of England)
Subsequent prgrammes were run in Oxfordshire in both actue and community hospital settings and also in community hospitals in Hampshire.
The programme has since been developed further with a new partnership programme developed between ADS, Sitra and the Housing LIN to create a bespoke course specifically for leaders within Hosuing, supported, general needs and Extra Care. More details about this on-going programme can be found here