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New resource launched to improve dementia care

Leeds Beckett University has been instrumental in developing a new resource to help people living with dementia 

Dementia resource

Managing Success in Dementia is a resource commissioned by Health Education England (HEE) and developed by Leeds Beckett University, Skills for Care and Skills for Health to support leaders and managers working across health and social care to implement the training outcomes of the Dementia Training Standards Framework. It is particularly useful for those responsible for implementing training at Tier 2 level - providing additional skills and knowledge for people who regularly work directly with people living with dementia.

Professor Claire Surr, Professor of Dementia Studies at Leeds Beckett University, said: “Ensuring we have a health and social care workforce who are able to deliver good quality care to people with dementia is essential. Good quality training is an important component of supporting staff to develop the right knowledge and skills.

“The Dementia Training Standards Framework sets out the key knowledge and skills the workforce needs. There is an often confusing and wide ranging array of dementia training courses and materials available. The Managing Success guide will help managers and others responsible for training to identify freely available, quality resources that can be used in combination to develop new or complement existing provision. I hope it will prove to be a practical and useful resource”

Professor John Clark, Regional Chief Nurse and Head of Allied Health at Health Education England said: “Health and social care staff who work regularly with people living with dementia must have the right skills and knowledge in dementia care to enable them to provide high quality care.

“Managing Success in Dementia’ has been produced to support managers, training leads and others responsible for dementia training in health, social care and housing and allows them to consider the methods and resources they can use to train staff to achieve the learning outcomes at Tier 2 of the Dementia Training Standards Framework.”

HEE’s Dementia Education and Training Project was established to deliver key targets set by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) on dementia education and training and deliver HEE’s obligations set out in the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia 2020 implementation plan.

According to research from the Alzheimer’s Society around 850,000 people live with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over one million by 2025 and two million by 2051.

The resource has been formally launched to delegates attending the UK Dementia Congress  in Brighton.

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