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This month, Foothold (IET Benevolent fund) are delighted to be joined by BPS chartered psychologist and dementia care researcher  Dr Kellyn Lee for 2 special webinars.

If you’re currently caring for someone with dementia, these expert webinars will help you cope with the extraordinary challenges dementia can bring, whilst improving the wellbeing of the people you care for.

May 19th 12:00 – 13:00

PART 1: Understanding the importance of everyday objects in dementia care – Material Citizenship

May 20th 12:00 – 13:00

PART 2: Supporting the wellbeing of families of people with dementia through the We Care – Dementia Care programme

Find out more in Dr Kellyn’s brand-new blog 

To book your place on one or both of these free webinars click here

 

The Journal of Dementia Care and Vibrant Communities are delighted to announce a series of online meetings to imagine and co-produce the future of our dementia care community

It is an Open Space event convened by the Journal for Dementia Care/Dementia Publishing and facilitated by Ladder to the Moon/Vibrant Communities.

“A community for progressive dementia care practice is needed in the UK, and we want you to be part of bringing it to life. We would love you to bring your skills, experience and insights to this event or another of the online meetings we plan to hold leading up to the relaunched, live UK Dementia Congress in November. We need voices from all care settings and sectors, including people living with dementia and all carers.”

This is an online event –  Thursday 28 April, 2-4pm

For details and to book a free place click here

“A booklet has been created for carers who assist a person with dementia with their personal care. This booklet was developed as part of the Alzheimer’s Society funded Pro-CARE study, which was undertaken at the University of East Anglia. The booklet is available on the link below, please do share with any family carers, care-home staff or dementia support organisations you feel may benefit from the resource.”

Click here for access to the booklet 

“Margaret Butterworth Care Home Forum is a forum for discussion and learning focused on dementia care in communal settings such as nursing homes, care homes and extra care housing. There will be 3 webinars over the course of 2022. The first webinar on 23 March 2022, from 2.00-4.00 will focus on the theme ‘Visiting in care homes during Covid-19’.

Two speakers will discuss this topic:

Josie Dixon, Assistant Professorial Research Fellow, Care Policy and Evaluation Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science, will discuss the study Visit-id: a study of care home visiting arrangements during Covid-19

Dr Kathleen Lane, PI of UCAIRE study, University of East Anglia, will talk about the study titled “We can’t visit and see what’s going on for her… it’s like having paper-bags over our heads”: experiences of infection-control measures on family and friends of care-home residents during Covid-19

We will have plenty of time for questions and discussions. Once you have registered on Eventbrite, you will receive the Zoom-link a few days before the webinar.”

 

To register click here

 

Call summary

  • This RfSC call is an important part of the Department of Health and Social Care and NIHR’s ongoing interest in strengthening dementia research in less well-supported areas, better understanding the needs of underserved populations and social care needs, as well as identifying best practice in relation to critical points, including diagnosis, hospitalisation, residential care and end-of-life care.
  • The Research for Social Care (RfSC) call, is inviting proposals from eligible research teams to improve the evidence base around social care and dementia
  • This call offers researchers considerable flexibility to focus on any subject area or topic providing that it falls within RfSC’s dementia remit.
  • This call is open to researchers at all career stages, and standard RfSC eligibility rules and criteria will apply. In particular we are looking for researchers from a wide selection of backgrounds, and early career researchers are especially welcomed.
  • The call is for proposals up to £350,000 for a period of up to 36 months with projects needing to commence between 1 September 2022 and 1 March 2023. 
  • Applications are expected to have strong involvement and collaboration with organisations that are responsible for delivering social care and related social care services, for example local authorities and third sector, where appropriate. Applicants may wish to consult the NIHR guidance on co-producing research.

Closes: 13:00 on 19 October 2021

For further information visit website

 A new guidance document has been published on the South East Clinical Network website on the topic of Dementia and OPMH: Guidance for Primary Care Networks and Care Homes. This document aims to equip members of staff working in care homes and primary care with understanding of dementia and mental health conditions due to the prevalence of both disorders in care home populations.”

To access the document click here

 

People with dementia can experience Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD), including anxiety, aggression, calling out and wandering. Antipsychotics are sometimes prescribed to manage BPSD, including in care homes, and there are different views about their use in BPSD. We are conducting a survey study to better understand staff attitudes to the use of antipsychotics in residents with dementia living in care homes, using the ‘Antipsychotics in Dementia Attitude Questionnaire (ADAQ)’.

Are you a care assistant or a nurse working in a residential or nursing home for elderly residents? If so, please can you help us by completing this questionnaire to tell us your own views about using antipsychotics in residents with dementia? You can save the survey part way through and it should take less than 15 minutes to complete all the questions. Once you have completed the survey, could you please pass on the survey link to other relevant staff who might also be interested in helping us? This survey is part of research being completed by Miss Amna Raza for a PhD in Pharmacy at the University of Reading.

This is the link to our survey:

https://reading.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/adaq-questionnaire-version-3-copy

The project is being supervised by Mrs Sundus Jawad, Mr Tim Langran, and Professor Parastou Donyai. A collaboration between the University of Reading and NHS East Berkshire CCG.

Foundations in Dementia

A free online course for six weeks, starting 1 February 2021

 Gain expert knowledge and skills to care for individuals living with dementia.

You will learn to understand people with dementia and to care appropriately as a professional or family supporter.

You will explore signs and symptoms, interventions, support networks and more.

Spanning six topics from prevention and diagnosis to end of life care, the course also offers insights from recent research.”

 To register for this event click here