Multi-agency work in Gloucestershire is underway to develop a confident and competent workforce to meet both current and future demand in caring for people living with dementia. The strategic aim is to deliver a systematic and consistent learning pathway ensuring that learning is embedded into practice to improve the quality of person centred dementia care.
The dementia learning pathway includes:
- Dementia e-learning
- Dementia local learning resources which include bite size training (hard copy packs and interactive e-versions)
- Dementia training days one and two
- Dementia level 2 Award (now QCF)
Training and education pathways have been agreed for care homes, domiciliary care, intermediate care, primary care and community hospitals.
The dementia learning pathway is supported in practice by Dementia Link Workers. There are practising Dementia Link Workers in 87% of Gloucestershire Care Homes. 25 Dementia Link Workers are being developed in domiciliary care and the Dementia Link Workers model is now agreed for Community Hospitals.
The presentation below by Angela Willis, NHS Gloucestershire, provides more detail on the work to implement the strategy.