Care homes newsletters

Through monthly newsletters, the National Dementia Strategy (NDS) Implementation Team is sharing ideas to support improved care for people living with dementia in care homes. You can download the care homes newsletters below.

Issue 10, February 2011 focuses on developing an informed and effective workforce for people with dementia living in care homes. It contains the following articles:

  • Recognising the challenges, building on good work and strengthening the profession of care by Martin Green, Chief Executive, English Community Care Association and Department of Health Independent Sector Dementia Champion
  • Values and skills in practice: supporting staff in providing person centred care by Liz Taylor, Chair, Social Care Association
  • Working in partnership: How carers are supporting the education, training and development of staff in care homes by Julia Burton-Jones, Dementia Pioneer, Dementia UK

Issue 9, January 2011 focuses on supporting families and carers of people with dementia living in care homes. It contains the following articles:

  • The Relatives and Residents Association: helping relatives to speak up and speak out by Judy Downey, Chair, Relatives and Residents Association
  • Easing the pain of your loved one going into a care home by Pete Watson, Uniting Carers, Dementia UK
  • Partners in caring: How care staff and relatives can work together to improve quality of life by Daphne Zackon, Uniting Carers, Dementia UK
  • The Friends of the Elderly Admiral Nurse Service by Cheryl Rothschild, RMN Admiral Nurse, Friends of the Elderly
  • Partners in caring: How care staff and relatives can work together to improve quality of life by Daphne Zackon, Uniting Carers, Dementia UK

Issue 8, November 2010 focuses on intermediate care and reablement for people with dementia living in care homes. It contains the following articles:

  • Intermediate care – the search for best practice by Des Kelly, Executive Director of the National Care Forum
  • Optimisation, adaptation and working to the priorities of people with dementia by Martin Orrell, Old Age Psychiatrist at North East London Foundation Trust and Professor of Ageing and Mental Health at University College London
  • Intermediate care for people with dementia living in care homes: The Home Treatment Service in Eastern and Coastal Kent by David Wilkie, Lead Psychologist, The Home Treatment Service for People with Dementia in Eastern and Coastal Kent, Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust
  • The Friends of the Elderly Admiral Nurse Service by Cheryl Rothschild, RMN Admiral Nurse, Friends of the Elderly
  • Partners in caring: How care staff and relatives can work together to improve quality of life by Daphne Zackon, Uniting Carers, Dementia UK

Issue 7, October 2010 focuses on end of life care for people with dementia living in care homes. It contains the following articles:

  • Achieving best quality end of life care for people with dementia: Ending the taboos by Sharon Blackburn, Policy and Communications Director at the National Care Forum and National Adviser on Older People to the National Council for Palliative Care.
  • End of life care for people with advanced dementia living in care homes by Dr Jackie Morris MB FRCP, Consultant Physician and Trustee of both the British Institute of Human Rights and the Relatives and Residents Association.
  • Gold Standard end of life care in Somerset by Diane Allen is the Manager at Croft House in Williton, Somerset.

Issue 6, September 2010 focuses on general hospital care for people with dementia living in care homes. It contains the following articles:

  • General Hospital Care by David Oliver, National Clinical Director for Older People, Consultant Physician and Clinical Director at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust and Visiting Professor of Medicine, City University London.
  • Pre- and post-hospital admission support for residential clients with dementia by Tracie North, Director of Operations and Quality, Cornwall Care

Issue 5, July 2010 focuses on early diagnosis and healthcare intervention for people with dementia living in care homes. It contains the following articles:

  • Dementia in care homes by Alistair Burns, National Clinical Director for Dementia
  • Early diagnosis and intervention by Amanda Thompsell, Old Age Psychiatrist with the Care Homes Support Team, NHS Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark.

Issue 4, June 2010 focuses on raising awareness of dementia within care homes and how care homes are raising awareness in local communities. It contains the following articles:

  • Raising awareness of the National Dementia Strategy by Martin Green, Chief Executive of the English Community Care Association and the Independent Sector Dementia Champion at the Department of Health.
  • A better life in care homes: raising awareness among staff and families by Graham Stokes, Director of Dementia Care, BUPA Care Homes UK
  • Individuals with a life: raising awareness among families, friends and communities by Victoria A. Metcalfe, Dementia Specialist and Lifestyle Manager, Anchor and Rachel George, Communications Officer, Anchor.

Issue 3, May 2010 focuses on quality of care; what quality of care looks like and how we can achieve it. It contains the following articles:

  • Quality of care: our family’s experience by Jean Tottie, a former carer and now working with Uniting Carers.
  • Being not doing: one company’s approach to quality of care by Sheena Wyllie, Director of Dementia Services, Barchester Healthcare
  • Putting people first: Leadership and management for quality of care by Sharon Blackburn is Policy & Communications Director, National Care Forum.

Issue 2, April 2010 focuses on the quality of life for people with dementia living in a care home. It contains the following articles:

  • Quality of life in the East End of London a feature on Silk Court Care Home, Bethnal Green.
  • Can you put my bricks straight?: One organisation’s approach to promoting quality of life by Victoria A. Metcalfe is Dementia Specialist and Lifestyle Manager, Anchor.
  • Quality of life: the My Home Life vision by Julienne Meyer, Executive Director: My Home Life Programme and Professor of Nursing: Care for Older People, City University London.

Issue 1, March 2010 focuses on progress in implementing the National Dementia Strategy in care homes. It contains the following articles:

  • A message from the Minister by Phil Hope MP, former Minister of State for Care Services
  • Making a difference to people’s lives: implementing the strategy in care homes by Deborah Sturdy, National Dementia Strategy Implementation Team and Department of Health Nurse Adviser: Older People.
  • Changing cultures: One example of how the National Dementia Strategy is being implemented a feature on Nightingale House in Clapham, South West London.
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