Dementia Action Alliance August Newsletter
Our August edition is focussed on the relaunch of our dementia friendly hospitals charter!
For the August edition of the National DAA newsletter we will be focussing on the relaunch of our Dementia Friendly Hospitals Charter. The Charter is to enable hospitals to create a dementia friendly environment for people with dementia, their families and carers in England. This relaunched version includes a new element on volunteering in hospitals. Our feature items this month focus on projects our healthcare members are undertaking, working towards that same goal of improving care in hospitals for people living with dementia. These include details of our relaunch event for the charter, a feedback request from NHS England towards future planning in mental health, an interview with Zoë Packman from NHS Improvement and updates from Mycarematters and Health Education England.
The National DAA Dementia Friendly Hospital Charter, which was first published three years ago, has been refreshed to include a volunteering element. Attendees have the chance to hear about the Charter and have the opportunity to network with colleagues from hospitals across the country. It takes place on Monday 3 September at University College London Hospital and is intended for Dementia Leads, Chief Nurses, CEOs of Hospital Trusts and hospital dementia team members. Click below to see full details or if you'd like to request to attend.
The Government recently announced a financial settlement which represents a clear gear change in the amount of funding that will be available over the next five years for the NHS for mental health. NHS England are looking for submissions from NDAA members on a series of questions relating to the current mental health provisions and any improvements or changes that could be made. We feel that this is a great opportunity for our members to make clear the need to focus on dementia in planning for how the NHS should utilise this new funding.
As the relaunch of our Dementia Friendly Hospital Charter approaches at the start of September, we spoke to Zoë Packman from NHS Improvement on the work being done by the organisation and her own role within that. NHS Improvement is responsible for overseeing foundation trusts and NHS trusts, as well as independent providers that supply NHS-funded care. Click below to read our interview with Zoë.
The DAA are aiming to shine a spotlight on the Challenge on Dementia 2020 as we want to help the Department of Health and Social Care implement this important piece of work. Health Education England gave us an update on the work they have been carrying out. This includes a revised Dementia Training Standards Framework, new simulation training with materials that can be delivered in-house and research on what works in dementia training with Leeds Beckett University.
DAA Annual Report 2018/19 - Member submissions soon
It's the time of the year when our minds at the national DAA turn to our annual report. For the 2018/19 edition of the report we'll be looking to collect some new information from our members to feature. We'll still be asking everyone to submit their updated action plan for the year, stating how your organisation will be looking to contribute to the fight against dementia aligned to our dementia statements. As a new feature this year though we'll also be asking members to provide us with examples of the great work they've done in the past year to deliver on the action plans they submitted in 2017/18 so we can celebrate those achievements. We'll be contacting members in the coming weeks about this content and if you have any questions in the meantime please feel free to contact us.
Mycarematters have an updated DAA action plan based on the following Dementia Statement:
“We have the right to be respected, and recognised as partners in care, provided with education, support, services, and training which enables us to plan and make decisions about the future”
Their updated action is:
“Mycarematters offers a service which encourages and helps people living with dementia to be partners in their care, and for them and/or their carers to better engage and to feel empowered during a stay in hospital.”
They will achieve this by:
"Working with people with dementia, carers, hospital and care home staff to further improve and raise awareness of the Mycarematters System."
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