Care and Support West General Meeting and Open Forum Event:
These meetings are free to Care & Support West members. Non members will be invoiced on booking.
This meeting has speakers on Leadership and Management with a special focus on Dementia
“Training & Leadership + AGM”
Speakers will include:
- 09:30 – 10:15 Debbie Sorkin The Leadership Centre, LGA, London
- 10:30 – 11:15 Glenn Knight Training2Care
- 11:30 – 12:15 Jackie Pool Sunrise Senior Living SW Reg Dementia Care Mgr
- 12:30 – 13:00 Emily Hancock Project Officer for Join Dementia Research
- 13:00 – 14:00 Info surgery time for providers and commercial partners
- 14:00 – 15:00 C&SW Annual General Meeting
- 15:00 Session ends
Debbie Sorkin: Setting the Scene
Some 850,000 people in the UK currently live with some form of dementia, and the Alzheimer’s Society forecasts that this number will grow to 1 million by 2025. Research by the Society has also shown the steady rise in the past 30 years in the proportion of people in residential care with dementia; this now stands at over 80%. So whether you’re involved in home care or residential care, if you’re supporting older people, it’s crucial that you ensure your staff are properly trained, so that they can work effectively and provide truly person-centred care for people with dementia.
And this isn’t easy, as funding for social care gets more and more constrained. As the King’s Fund put it in its September report, Social care for older people: home truths, ‘The social care system in its current form is struggling to meet the needs of older people...social care providers [are] under unprecedented pressure’.
So part of the response has to be good leadership, grounded in values and in how people behave in everyday situations: leadership not just at the top of your organisation, but right the way through your staff teams; and not just within your own organisation but beyond it.
In this session, Debbie will set the scene for the day, showing how you can take clear and practical steps to drive a consistent leadership culture in your organisation, as well as how you can work across organisational and sector boundaries to provide true systems leadership. She will illustrate this with examples of care providers who have used leadership as the cornerstone of their good – and in some cases, outstanding – care.
Glenn Knight: The Mobile Virtual Dementia Tour
Training 2 Care is the UK license holder of the renowned Virtual Dementia Tour (VDT). The VDT is a unique training experience in which delegates wear specialist and patented equipment to understand what it might be like to live with dementia. This experience builds upon traditional training courses (classroom based awareness course) which explore the different types of dementia and how they might affect someone by building empathy and increasing a person’s insight into the condition.
Only once we have walked in the shoes of someone with dementia can we then truly understand how to improve the care and support we provide to them. The VDT has been included in many well-known organisations training plans across the UK including 11 NHS trusts, Essex University, Fire services, Swansea University and many more. By and large, those that experience the VDT feedback that it has given staff and families the tools they need to improve their practice and has even played a huge part in one of our customers receiving and outstanding CQC rating. For more information please visit www.training2care.co.uk for more information.
Jackie Pool: Moving from Person-Centred Care Planning to Enriched Care Reporting
Person-centred care is now a well-understood concept in dementia care, building on the early work of Professor Tom Kitwood and the University of Bradford, School of Dementia Studies to an expectation by commissioners and regulators that this is the basis of all dementia care plans. But how do we know that these plans are being put into everyday practice?
CQC Inspectors are visiting care settings looking for evidence of care or treatment that is personalised specifically for them (Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014: Regulation 9. This means that they are looking for evidence that “providers are doing everything reasonably practicable to make sure that people who use the service receive person-centred care and treatment that is appropriate, meets their needs and reflects their personal preferences, whatever they might be”.
Jackie will describe a framework for addressing the regular and frequent recording of person-centred care actions that enrich the lived experiences of people with dementia. Jackie will also explore how training in evidence based best practice dementia care and good management and staff support can combine to provide outstanding dementia care services
Emily Hancock Project Officer for Join Dementia Research
Join Dementia Research (JDR) is a national research register that anyone can sign up for as long as you are over the age of 18. Signing up allows researchers to contact volunteers about studies they might like to take part in, there is no obligation to take part in any study. Research as we all know, is vital to one day finding a cure, and making the condition manageable. Aside from the benefits of making future suffers experiences a little easier, taking part in research can be a rewarding experience for the individual. For further information please have a look at our website www.joindementiaresearch.nihr.ac.uk
Emily will explain further about this research register works, where it came from and what it hopes to achieve. A key aim for Emily in the coming months is to improve the numbers of those with Dementia on the register; she will discuss the possibility of embedding JDR in care homes and how this may be of a benefit to all.