Whole team become Dementia Friends

Ans Epskamp, Eden Clinical Team Leader in the Memory & Later Life Service, is a dementia champion and recently delivered a successful training session at the memory and later life team's Operational Management Forum. All of the staff at the forum including the Clinical Director, Dr Darren Reynolds, David Storm, Clinical Service Manager, team leads, managers and some clinical staff became Dementia Friends.

The Dementia Friends initiative aims to increase understanding of dementia and the small things that can be done to help people with the condition. It was developed from the Alzheimer's Society Dementia Friendly Communities programme and the Prime Minister's (2012) challenge on dementia, which includes an ambition to create communities that enable people to live well with dementia.

As a team, the memory and later life service recognise the importance of the Dementia Friends initiative and the notion that every action counts in improving inclusion and quality of life for people living with dementia.

Dr Sarah Thwaites is a clinical psychologist for the team, she said:

“Ans had done the training with the Alzheimers Society to become a dementia friends trainer (a dementia champion), so we thought it would be a good idea to complete the training as a group in our meeting. Not only because we think it is a valuable initiative but also I guess because working in this field it's good to have a better understanding of what members of the public learn through taking part in the scheme. I think it is our responsibility as clinicians to spread the word about this initiative and encourage people to get involved. I think we're in a better position to do this having completed the training ourselves.”

 

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