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Healthcare experts focus on dementia challenges

Healthcare experts focus on dementia challenges

People with dementia and their families joined researchers and representatives from the region’s healthcare providers at the University of Hull to focus on positive lifestyle solutions for those living with dementia, their families and their communities.

As part of the University of Hull’s commitment to driving improvements to the health of the region and beyond, the University held the event to raise awareness and enhance health and care practice for those with dementia.

According to the Alzheimer’s Society, it is estimated that the number of people living with dementia in the UK will rise by 2025 to over 1 million at a cost of 26.3 billion. Of this total cost, 11.6 billion is currently resourced by unpaid family carers.

The Dementia Strategy and the Prime Minister’s Challenge 2020 focuses on Living Well with Dementia and how communities and people with dementia can engage with each other. 

Underpinned by more than 25 years of research into dementia care and innovation in Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire, The Cultural Legacy of Ageing Well with Dementia included a panel debate on living well with dementia.

New public health initiatives such as the research on the creative arts in building relationships between ‘citizens who volunteer’ and older people with dementia were discussed. Insights were also shared on the legacy of knowledge gained from hearing the voices of people with dementia and their families which can now be translated into solutions that support good dignified dementia care.

Professor Julie Jomeen, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Hull, said: “As a University, we conduct high-calibre research into dementia care to help families and carers to cope and healthcare professionals to provide the highest standards of care.

“We are committed to making a difference by driving improvements to patient care in the region and in the UK as a whole – and this conference enables researchers and health practitioners to share best-practice and expertise for the benefit of patients, their families and carers.

“We are delighted to be working with the region’s NHS trusts and clinical commissioning groups to improve dementia care in this area.”

Wayne Goddard, Senior Commissioning Manager, NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

“Research is a key feature of the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia 2020. Many people think research is just about the science behind finding a potential cure for dementia however it is much more than this. Targeted research will also help us to understand what works (or doesn’t work) when we provide care and support for someone with dementia and/or their families.”

Professor Esme Moniz-Cook, who shared insights into her research and future practice at the event, said: “Our evidence suggests that priorities for a skilled NHS-led dementia workforce should shift emphasis from early diagnosis to timely collaborative action, that overcomes the double stigma of age and dementia and facilitates older people to ‘Live and Die well’ with the condition.” 

Professor Moniz-Cook instigated an influential national and international research network that originated in Hull in 1999 to improve care for those with dementia. Earlier this year, the professor published an important collaborative research study with Humber NHS FT on the Management of Dementia with clinically significant challenging behaviour at home and in care homes.

The research, which was funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), found that specialist healthcare practitioners did not always recognise that people at a relatively mild stage of dementia were experiencing problems such as agitation, aggression and distress. The study developed simple screening tools to help practitioners detect such problems in family care environments and care homes along with training and decision-support toolkits for care providers including care homes, NHS hospital staff and community teams supporting families and people with dementia.

Professor Moniz-Cook said “These evidence-based training and care planning tool kits can help the workforce to tailor care for those with distressing dementia-related symptoms. We welcome enquiry from commissioners and key provider agencies, on how this high quality applied dementia care research programme can be used to improve the future care of older people with dementia.”

In partnership with healthcare providers in the region, the event provided an opportunity for the University of Hull together with communities across Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire, to consider creating a positive future for continued research and practice for all those who wish to age well and live a good life.

Wayne Goddard, Senior Commissioning Manager, NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

“It is essential that healthcare commissioning decisions are made on data that is comprehensive and as current as possible.

“Being able to make commissioning decisions based on good research is not only good use of the public purse but ultimately it will help the citizens of Hull effected by dementia to live well.”

Consultant Clinical Psychologist Cath Burley from Oak House Consultancy; Director of the Reading Agency Debbie Hicks; Deputy Chair, Playlist for Life, Andy Lowndes and poet and writer John Killick joined Professor Michael Gratze from the University’s Faculty of Arts, Culture and Education and Dr Emma Wolverson from the Faculty of Health Sciences to deliver the afternoon’s programme, which culminated in Professor Moniz-Cook’s presentation: The Legacy of Ageing Well with Dementia: Towards Creating Positive Futures in Research and Health Care Practices.

Dementia Conference 2017

 

As a University, we conduct high-calibre research into dementia care to help families and carers to cope and healthcare professionals to provide the highest standards of care. We are committed to making a difference by driving improvements to patient care in the region and in the UK as a whole.

Professor Julie Jomeen, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Hull

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