Training supports Saint Michael’s person-centred dementia care
At Saint Michael’s the people using our services remain at the heart of everything we do. Our ambitious three-year plan, 2020 Vision, outlines how we will support more people to get the end of life care they need, want and deserve; regardless of their diagnosis, age, ethnic background, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or social circumstances, by breaking down the barriers that stop them from accessing care.
With 1 in 6 people over the age of 80 affected by dementia, it is vital that Saint Michael’s responds to the increasing need from our community, who are living longer with more complex illnesses. This approach to dementia support has recently been cemented through the Saint Michael’s Purple Thread project, which was made possible thanks to a generous £30,000 donation from local fundraising group The Acorn Committee.
As part of this work, two members of our clinical team recently attended a ‘Train the Trainer’ programme developed by the Centre for Applied Dementia Studies at Bradford University. The course is described as ‘person-centred dementia care for hospices’, and saw attendees from hospices across the region come together to develop a deeper understanding of dementia care, and pass this learning on to their peers.
As part of Saint Michael’s ongoing commitment to this area, clinical staff will continue undertaking training to ensure a tailored approach to providing the highest quality personalised care is available for all patients living with dementia.