National AHP Dementia Webex Series
The Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) in Dementia webex series was launched in December 2018. It had been identified that the AHPs would like the opportunity to hear more from their AHP colleagues about areas of good practice and quality improvement in dementia. It was agreed to trial the use of webex in order to make this as accessible as possible. We also wanted to support the delivery of Connecting People, Connecting Support (Alzheimer Scotland, 2017) Ambition 3: AHP workforce skilled in dementia care where an action for change included:
“The Alzheimer Scotland AHP dementia forum will work collaboratively to ensure a national approach to…..sharing best practice…..”(2017:42)
Wendy Chambers @wendyAHPDem facilitates the bi-monthly webex on behalf of the AHP Dementia Forum and the presentation in November 2019 was on the topic:
The delivery of a person-centred, Food First model of care, for people living with dementia in Highland social care settings.
The Webex was hosted by:
Evelyn Newman @evelynnewman17, Nutrition and dietetics advisor, Care homes, NHS Highland
The presentation can be found here: https://bit.ly/380I94b
A newsletter sharing ‘Nutrition News’ can be found here: https://bit.ly/2DRALul
Following the webex, the participants are asked to complete a short evaluation with the following 3 questions in order to ensure that is effectively sharing best practice and meeting learning needs:
- Something you liked about the Webex?
- Something that would have made the Webex even better?
- Something you might change or test in your service/practice from being part of the Webex today?
The webex was hugely popular with 135 people registered, linking in from across 13 Board Areas and across a range of professions and settings. Participants fed back that they enjoyed hearing about the person-centred approaches, the different settings considered and the involvement of students to name a few. The webex generated lots of change ideas for people to try in their own areas.
We will continue to Blog about the AHP Dementia Webex series and will share information from these. The first webex of 2020 is scheduled for Wednesday 26th February from 3.30 – 4.20pm and is on the topic:
Does the use of a simple communication tool improve personal outcomes for people with cognitive &/or cognitive communication difficulties in the journey from hospital to home – Guest presenter –Gill Main, Speech and Language Therapy service, NHS Ayrshire and Arran
Further information, joining details and previous presentations can be found on the AHP Dementia Community of Practice (National AHP Dementia Webex):
A big Thank You to Evelyn and Wendy.
And a big Thank You to everyone involved in making the AHP Dementia webex series a huge success with such wide reach. We look forward to sharing more best practice and connecting during 2020!