Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Stress and Distress in Dementia: E-Learning training for staff working in Acute Settings via NHS Education Scotland



The Psychology of Dementia team at NHS Education for Scotland are delighted to announce the launch of a new e-learning training programme for health and social care staff working in general hospital settings, called Stress and Distress in Dementia: Acute Resource.

This resource has been developed to support delivery of Scotland’s National Dementia Strategy and 10-point National Action Plan as well as implementation of the Standards of Care for Dementia within acute settings.  It is aimed at staff working at the skilled level of dementia care – as identified within Promoting Excellence: A framework for all health and social services staff working with people with dementia, their families and carers. 

The resource aims to enhance understanding of the causes of stress and distressed behaviours in dementia using a biopsychosocial model. It also explores evidence-based proactive and preventative strategies that can be used to improve the experience, care, treatment and outcomes for people with dementia, their families and carers while on the ward. It is important to acknowledge that working with distressed behaviour can, in itself, be stressful and upsetting. Therefore, the training also highlights the importance of identifying and responding to your own and other staff members’ stress and/or distress.

The training uses a variety of teaching methods, including clinical case examples, videos, and individual reflective tasks.  It also teaches practical techniques to understand and respond to stress and distress in dementia.  The e-learning modules take approximately 2 hours to complete in their entirety, although is designed to be completed as and when time allows.

Pilot Evaluation

The online training was reviewed by a multi-professional reference group and piloted by staff working in acute settings across two health board areas (NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde and NHS Fife).  Carers from MECOPP were also generous with their time in reviewing the training content and providing personal accounts of their experiences of dementia care within acute settings.

Overall, the training was received positively:

“A really useful learning tool for staff working in hospital settings.”

“This course covers a broad and relevant range of information.”

“The interactive tasks were engaging and thought provoking.”

“I found this training course very informative and believe it will be well received by health care staff.”

Participants also reported that the training had increased their confidence in responding to stress and distress in dementia as well as promoted the development of appropriate work related skills and knowledge in this area.

How to Access the Training

The training is available on LearnPro and can be accessed at

If you have any questions regarding the new training resource then please get in touch with Louise McIver

Sunday, 26 April 2015

ALLIANCE Annual Conference – Citizen Wellbeing Assembly


“Join The Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland Citizen Wellbeing Assembly to share your experiences, debate pertinent issues, and generate ideas to create a future where we can all enjoy good health and wellbeing across Scotland.  We will collectively identify where these ideas are already being turned into reality and make the connections needed to drive our health and wellbeing.
In association with the Health and Social Care Academy, the Assembly will allow us to create a unique and creative space that brings together all groups with a stake in health and social care to collectively explore some of the key challenges and work towards consensus on the way forward. Our Assembly is an opportunity to inform Scottish Government and others as they develop a long term plan for the future of health and social care in Scotland.
Please complete and return the booking form to secure your place.
For more information please contact Marianne Brennan on 0141 404 0231”.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Speaking Senior Leadership Development Programme East Midlands may 12th


With great thanks to  Jackie Barringer
Senior Consultant - Prospect for the kind invite to speak at  Senior Leadership Development Programme The programme is a leadership programme for  senior finance leaders who all work across the NHS organisations in east midlands

You can view a Guiding Agenda for the two day event below 

May 2015 

12th and 13th May 2015   
Day one
09-0009-30Arrival, registration and coffee
09-3009-45 Welcome, aims and expectations
09-45   10-15 Reflections from master class two and progress to date using peer coaching style 
10-15 11-15Mapping  environment for the NHS and Social care system 
11-3012-00What do we mean by business acumen and entrepreneurialism? 
12-00 -12-45  Business tools for scanning, assessing and planning (Jackie to lead and prep)

12-4513-30Lunch and networking
13-3014-00Spot the gap presentations (DB lead)
14-00    14-30 Understanding others Motivation / Motivation exercise
15-00 15-45 Ego defences and leading others (DB Lead)

16-1516-30Debrief, checking out for the day

18-001900Before Dinner SpeakerTommy WhitelawProject Engagement Lead

 DINNER 7.30

08-4509-00Arrival and coffee
09-0009-15Recap day one/ Reflection on leadership implications from yesterday
09-15 10.15Speaker– Paul McKevitt, Deputy Chief Executive Wigan Borough Council 
10-3012-00Burn out in leaders and how to develop your resilience 
12-3014-30Resilience and Mindfulness as a leader 
14-3014-45Personal development action planning
14-4515-00Debrief and close

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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Dementia Carer Voices was named Charity of the Year by the Hospital Caterers Association

Taken from the ALLIANCE Fortnightly  bulletin read more  HERE  

Dementia Carer Voices was named Charity of the Year by the Hospital Caterers Association at their Annual Conference which took place in Glasgow this year. The project, managed by the ALLIANCE, was awarded the honour at the Gala Dinner, where the team was presented with a very generous cheque for £4,100 raised by the Hospital Caterers Association.


Earlier in the day, Project Engagement Lead Tommy Whitelaw spoke to delegates about his experiences in caring for his late mum, Joan, along with the experiences of carers who have shared their story with the project in order to raise awareness of the issues people face in caring for a loved one living with dementia. He received a standing ovation for speaking so movingly about he and his mum's loving relationship, whilst deepening people's understanding of dementia and of caring.
Later in the evening, ALLIANCE Director Irene Oldfather addressed the audience at the Gala Dinner and introduced a new short film on the project which is now live on their YouTube channel >. She spoke of empowering individuals to make a positive change to improve the lives of people living with dementia and their carers, sharing the key messages from the You Can Make a Difference campaign > and encouraging delegates to get involved.


The evening was a great success and the team would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Hospital Caterers Association for their generosity and hospitality on the evening, and for making Dementia Carer Voices their charity of the year. The team will continue to work to raise awareness and champion rights and the carer voice.
To find out more about the project, please visit their wordpress site at >, or follow them on twitter @DementiaCarerVo >

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Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Guest Post via Elaine Samson, Senior Policy Advisor at the Care Inspectorate

From our Dementia Carer Voices web site  
It is with great pleasure that we are able to introduce our very first guest contribution to the Dementia Carer Voices blog. Over the coming weeks and months, these articles will give an insight into the work being undertaken by our partners across the sector to improve the lives of people living with dementia and their carers.
In this entry, Elaine Samson, Senior Policy Advisor at the Care Inspectorate takes time out to tell us about their ‘Hub’ – a new website providing access to a range of resources aimed at supporting improvement in the services they regulate and inspect.
The key message from the Dementia Carer Voices Campaign is “you can make a difference” and we hope that The Hub, recently launched by the Care Inspectorate, will have an important role in supporting people’s personal commitment to make a difference to the lives of people with dementia and their carers.
The Hub offers ‘one-stop-shop’ access to a range of resources aimed at supporting the social care and social work workforce, including students who will be responsible for ensuring the best possible care of Scotland’s ageing population.
Find below some of the key features of The Hub that can help you keep up-to-date with all the latest policy developments and resources available to support your everyday practice, and help make your personal pledges become a reality.

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Knowledge – a central library, wherever you are
Also available as a mobile version on mobile phones and tablets, The Hub’s Knowledge section is a portable online library for when you are out and about.
It provides a visual library of good practice and policy documents, with a user-friendly search function and detailed tagging options that allow you to search the library for the publications most relevant to your work. The Hub includes a series of portals with information on the latest policy developments currently impacting on the social care sector, including dedicated policy portals ondementia and carers.
The Knowledge section also features the weekly Adult and Health Bulletin to keep people up-to-date on the latest news in the sector, and has a built-in newsfeed from the Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS).
This complements a range of research tools to help you carry out your own research, including an embedded Social Services Knowledge Scotland (SSKS) search portal and a series of IRISS resources to support evidence-based work practice.
It also has lots of useful links particularly relevant to people with dementia and their carers and families.
Innovation – hear the voice of people using services
The Hub’s Innovation section features a collection of video case studies that showcase innovation and good practice taking place in care services across Scotland, highlighting the positive experiences of people using these services. These videos will be regularly updated over the coming months.
Anyone who has experienced excellent care or services that believe they’re delivering something innovative can submit their story to The Hub for consideration.
Improvement – supporting continuous improvement
Aimed at supporting continuous improvement in the delivery of care services, The Hub’sImprovement section features information on Centres for Excellence courses and training, including links to the Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC), based at the University of Stirling.
It also has toolkits and resources produced by the Care Inspectorate, the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC), Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) and NHS Education for Scotland (NES). This includes links to our resource Make Every Moment Count aimed at improving the quality of life of older people receiving care services and NES’s resource The Pharmaceutical Care of People with Dementia.
What’s next?
We’ve just launched The Hub but we’re already looking at how we can make it bigger and better. This includes initial plans to develop a dedicated area on the site with practical resources on dementia, making them more interactive and accessible.
And as part of this work going forward, our Hub Team makes the following pledge as part of the Dementia Carers Voices Campaign:
To make a difference by aiming to make The Hub the best possible resource for informing and supporting services to deliver the highest possible care for people with dementia in Scotland.
Take a visit to today to start taking action to deliver the pledges you have made to make a difference to the lives of people with dementia and their carers.
Elaine Samson
Senior Policy Advisor
Care Inspectorate

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Friday - talks County Durham



With great thanks to Michael Curtis  @curts217 Jude brown @judebrown79 and Dr Sidhu  @sidhuGP and all the team  at @TEWV  for the kind invite to give to talks County Durham on April 24th

We have been friends on Twitter for quite a while and I am very honored to be invited to speak 

The  first talk is with Easington Mental health services older people (MHSOP) which is a part of Tees Esk and Wear Valley (TEWV) NHS Foundation trust. Who are a community team Supporting with carer education / support groups from  as well as monthly memory caf├ęs to get everyone together inc carers, patients, local police, council, local shops etc to build a community hub type network. 

The second visit is in Blackhall Colliery community centre with Dr Sidhu who is a GP and with   his  team works jointly with in building a memory pilot where people can be assessed and treated in their own surgery at Blackhall Colliery community centre Doing the   upmost to build a dementia friendly community Hub network. 

I am very much looking forward to meeting everyone ,learning more about the work they do and giving the two talks 



Have your say on the Carers (Scotland) Bill

The Health and Sport Committee at the Scottish Parliament are looking for views from carers on The Carers (Scotland)  Bill, which was introduced to the Scottish Parliament last month. The Committee’s role is to scrutinise the Bill and make recommendations to the Scottish Government on how it should be strengthened.

They have set up a dedicated website to hear from carers, which can be found here, and have a facebook page where you can post your comments here. The closing dates for carers to submit their views is the 22nd of April.

The National Carer Organisations put together a briefing paper on the Bill to highlight some key areas which can be found here.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Academy Pop Up Masterclass: Transforming the Workplace of the Future where People Really Matter, 14 May, Edinburgh


Pop Up Masterclass: Transforming the Workplace of the Future where People Really Matter

14 May, Edinburgh 

The recent publication of the research on the workplace of tomorrow has provided the Health and Social Care Academy and Oasis School of Human Relations an opportunity to explore together what the 13 paradoxes and 7 principles to shape the workplace of tomorrow could mean in the field of health, social care and housing and how they can contribute to transformational change.
This Masterclass will be led by Audrey Birt Academy Champion and Associate Director of Oasis in Scotland and Angela Lockwood CEO of Northstar Housing Group.
The session will explore:
• the research into the paradoxes and principles
• provide an opportunity to learn from North Star Housing Group how it transformed practice  
• provide an opportunity to reflect on how this could impact  your role and organisation.
The focus for the session will be health and social care and housing sector and will be of interest to people working in these areas. 
To register to attend please email or call 0141 404 0231.

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Monday, 13 April 2015

Get Involved - Dementia Carer Voices

Thank you very much for your interest in getting involved with the Dementia Carer Voices project. There are a number of ways you can do so, detailed below.

Make a pledge   pledge

The team have been encouraging people to make a pledge; a promise to make a difference in the lives of people with dementia, their families and their carers. Please email your pledge to

Tweet us!  twitter

Follow us on twitter and tell us your thoughts @DementiaCarerVo
Follow the team:
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The March Dementia Carer Voices Newsletter is now out!
If you would like to receive our monthly newsletter, please subscribe to our mailing list by sending us an email here.

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Take a look at the Dementia Carer Voices YouTube channel and keep up to date with the latest films and interviews.

Events  calendar

Please find attached a list of upcoming talks for this year. If you would like to attend one of the talks, please get in touch using the contact form below.

April 2015
  • 01.04.15 Speaking at Making Links Event in Mitchell Library
  • 01.04.15 Cross Party Working Group on Dementia, Glasgow City Chambers
  • 07.04.15 Speaking at Pendine Park, Wrexham
  • 08.04.15  GCU Social Work Students – Irene and Tommy Session
  • 14.04.15  Speaking in Hull, Management Team in Care Homes
  • 15.04.15 Speaking at 6Cs Conference, Sleaford
  • 16/17.04.15 Hospital Caterers Association National Conference , Glasgow Hilton
  • 21.04.15 Speaking at Trust Dementia Conference at Midland Arts Centre, Birmingham
  • 24.04.15 2 Talks – TEWY Country Durham, GP Surgeries
May 2015
  • 05.05.15 Dementia Programme Board – Edinburgh
  • 12.05.15 Royal Wolverhampton – Nurses Day
  • 12.05.15 Speaking at Nursing Conference, Loughborough University
  • 14.05.14 Speaking at Hertfordshire International Nurses Day Conference
  • 19.05.15 3 talks Bart’s health NHS Trust
  • 20.05.15 Hinchenbook Hospital, Cambridge
  • 21.05.15 Speaking at BCDA Birmingham
  • 22.05.15 Speaking to Social Works, Edinburgh City Council
  • 28.05.15 Speaking at Competency update event, Edinburgh
June 2015
  • 15.06.15 Speaking at I Care Conference, University of Bedfordshire, Luton
  • 19.06.15 Speaking at Nursing Conference, Oxleas
September 2015
  • 03.09.15 Teesside University Nursing Conference
October 2015
10.10.15 Chester Plus Mental Health Awareness Day


Have you attended one of the Make a Difference talks? Let us know what you think! We’ve gathered some of our latest feedback but would love to hear your thoughts on the project, the campaign or the talks. Please let us know by using the contact form below.

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My mums name was Joan ,my Mum Had Dementia - our Story 9 Short Films

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