** The web-chat has now finished - you can read the questions and answers at the bottom of this page. A big thank you to our panellists and to all those who took part.**
Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust is gearing up for Dementia Awareness Week, 18 to 24 May, to help staff and local people gain a better understanding of the condition which affects over 800,000 people in the UK.
Dementia Awareness Week is organised by the Alzheimer’s Society to raise awareness of the serious progressive disease which can lead to memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or communication.
One in three people over 65 will die with dementia, while 80 per cent of people in care homes have with dementia or severe memory problems.
Dementia awareness web-chat – join in the conversation
During Dementia Awareness Week, the trust will be joining forces with the Alzheimer’s Society to host an online dementia awareness web-chat – encouraging local people to join in the conversation about how we can call improve the lives of people with dementia. This will be the first time a web chat has taken place in the borough of Hounslow and Richmond to discuss dementia.
NHS experts and dementia champions will be on hand to offer advice or answer questions about the condition, such as how to improve care and support for people with dementia.
The web-chat panel will comprise of Dr Malar Baheerathan, consultant psychogeriatrician; Siobhan Gregory, dementia champion and the trust’s director of quality and clinical excellence; Teresa Keegal, district nurse team manager; and local dementia experts from the Alzheimer’s Society.
The web-chat will take place on Thursday 22 May between 12pm-1pm (for one hour).
You can access the web-chat by visiting: www.hrch.nhs.uk/dementia-webchat
Dementia Friends training for all staff and board of directors
During the national awareness week, all members of the trust’s board of directors will complete “Dementia Friends” awareness training - an Alzheimer’s Society initiative, run in partnership with Public Health England.
As part of the training, the trust’s board will learn what it's like to live with dementia and then turn that understanding into action by pledging to help people with the condition. Following the training, the local NHS trust will then have the first 100% “dementia friendly” board of directors in London.
By March 2015, the NHS trust aims to train every single member of its thousand strong workforce to become Dementia Friends - from front of house reception staff to the most senior clinicians and managers.
Siobhan Gregory, director of quality and clinical excellence said: “We want to be recognised as a health provider that champions the needs of patients and carers of dementia – and through our commitment to rolling out Dementia Friends training to every single one of our staff and board members, we will enable our workforce to provide the highest quality of care and support for local people with the condition.”