Health Education England, Skills for Health & Skills for Care, | July 2018 |Dementia Training Standards Framework
Health Education England (HEE) have released the Dementia Training Standards Framework, the resource was previously known as Dementia Core Skills Education and Training Framework, its recent update and review include a number of additions regarding food, drink and oral health.
The framework is an extraordinarily useful resource which details the essential skills and knowledge necessary across the health and social care spectrum. Three tiers are described:
- Awareness, which everyone should have;
- Basic skills which are relevant to all staff in settings where people with dementia are likely to appear and;
This framework will help ensure quality and consistency in dementia education and training if you are an organisation or an individual working in health, social care or housing.
The framework will allow the differentiation of high quality services, ensure personalised care and support for people living with dementia, and support organisations and individuals to meet requirements of regulators (source: HEE).
You can access the framework here
Alternatively, the framework can be downloaded from the Skills for Health website
Alzheimer’s Society | July 2018 | Ten minutes of social interaction improves wellbeing in dementia care
Spending ten minutes interacting with people with dementia in care homes can benefit their wellbeing. The Wellbeing and Health for people with Dementia (WHELD) programme trained care home staff to increase social interaction from two minutes a day to ten, combined with a programme of personalised care. Carers were encouraged to discuss the patient’s interests and involve them in decisions about their care. The Improving Staff Attitudes and Care for People with Dementia e-Learning (tEACH) study, conducted by the University of Exeter Medical School and King’s College London in partnership with the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), was presented at the recent Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2018. The study involved 280 residents and care staff in 24 care homes over a nine- month period.
Carers participated in an e-learning programme, carers who participated via Skype continued to deliver improved resident wellbeing four months after the trial was completed. Although boh treatment arms improving resident wellbeing and staff attitudes to person-centred care.
Dr Doug Brown, Chief Policy and Research Officer at Alzheimer’s Society, said:
‘It’s unacceptable that people in care homes only get ten minutes of social interaction each day. What we need is a person-centred approach to care, that takes into account each individual’s unique qualities, abilities, interests, preferences and needs.
‘This study supports what we know from our own research – training is crucial in order to provide this type of individualised care, activities and social interactions, which can have a significant impact of the well-being of people living with dementia in care homes (Source: The Alzheimer’s Society).
Press release, University of Exeter Just ten minutes of social interaction a day improves wellbeing in dementia care
In the news:
Science Daily Just 10 minutes of social interaction a day improves wellbeing in dementia care
NHS England | July 2018 | Watching England at the world cup ‘good for your nerves’ claims NHS doctor
A senior NHS doctor NHS England Clinical Director for Dementia, Alistair Burns, has emphasised the benefits of watching football to our well-being. The NHS director said: “Although fans may not feel it this week, football can be good for your nerves. The beautiful game really can help your mind and body.”
“As well as being great physical exercise, there is a positive link between watching classic football matches and keeping the mind active. For people in old age and dealing with dementia, rewatching matches can rekindle past memories, connect people with their past and keep the brain active.
According to the Clinical Director for Dementia sport can stimulate emotion which can be revived many years after the event. Emotional memory, which is one of two main types of memory in the human brain, can be more powerful than memory for personal events, so as people in later life relive exciting or tense moments, this can stimulate memories, potentially strengthening brain activity.
Across the UK, 850,000 people are estimated to live with dementia, while mental ill health affects almost eight million people aged over 55. A survey last year from Age UK showed that conditions like depression and anxiety affect over half of people aged over 55 – nearly eight million people – with one in five of these people saying that their condition deteriorates as they get older.
(Source: NHS England)
The news item is available to read in full from NHS England
Public Health England | June 2018 | Dementia risk now included as part of NHS Health Check
Public Health England (PHE) have announced that healthcare professionals in GP surgeries and the community will soon give advice on dementia risk to patients as part of the NHS Health Check. Adding the dementia element to the NHS Health Check programme will enable healthcare professionals to talk to their patients about how they can reduce their dementia risk, such as by maintaining their social life, keeping mentally and physically active and stopping smoking (Source PHE).
It is estimated that over 850,000 people are living with dementia in the UK with little public understanding of how it’s possible to reduce the risk. While much of the NHS Health Check focuses on reducing cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk, the advice for preventing CVD is much the same as for dementia: ‘what’s good for the heart is good for the brain’. (Public Health England)
Full details are available from Public Health England
In the media:
BBC News Over 40s health check to include dementia advice
A study published in the latest edition of the European Heart Journal has found that individuals aged over 50 with systolic blood pressure over 130 mmHg had a increased risk- they were one and a half times more likely to develop dementia- than peers with ‘ideal’ blood pressure.
To examine associations of diastolic and systolic blood pressure (SBP) at age 50, 60, and 70 years with incidence of dementia, and whether cardiovascular disease (CVD) over the follow-up mediates this association.
Methods and results
Systolic and diastolic blood pressure were measured on 8639 persons (32.5% women) from the Whitehall II cohort study in 1985, 1991, 1997, and 2003. Incidence of dementia (n dementia/n total = 385/8639) was ascertained from electronic health records followed-up until 2017. Cubic splines using continuous blood pressure measures suggested SBP ≥130 mmHg at age 50 but not at age 60 or 70 was associated with increased risk of dementia, confirmed in Cox regression analyses adjusted for sociodemographic factors, health behaviours, and time varying chronic conditions. Diastolic blood pressure was not associated with dementia. Participants with longer exposure to hypertension (SBP ≥ 130 mmHg) between mean ages of 45 and 61 years had an increased risk of dementia compared to those with no or low exposure to hypertension. In multi-state models, SBP ≥ 130 mmHg at 50 years of age was associated with greater risk of dementia in those free of CVD over the follow-up.
Systolic blood pressure ≥130 mmHg at age 50, below the conventional ≥140 mmHg threshold used to define hypertension, is associated with increased risk of dementia; in these persons this excess risk is independent of CVD.
The full article is available to read at European Heart Journal
In the media:
BBC News Unfit in middle age:Are you doomed?
Abell, J.G., et al | 2018| Association between systolic blood pressure and dementia in the Whitehall II cohort study: role of age, duration, and threshold used to define hypertension | European Heart Journal ehy288| https://doi.org/10.1093/eurheartj/ehy288
Department of Health and Social Care | May 2018 | After diagnosis of dementia: what to expect from health and social care services
A new report from the Department of Health and Social Care examines the role of advanced care planning and explores the barriers to its implementation as identified by people with incurable cancer and health and social care professionals. It also examines opportunities for change and sets out responsibilities of governments and policy makers.
This document is for anyone diagnosed with dementia and the people who care for them. It has details about what support they should get. It also includes information about:
- what is in a care plan
- how health care and social care services can help
- support available to family and friends who are carers
- how to take part in research
The full guidance is available to read from Department of Health and Social Care