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Dementia leads the learning in ‘Protected Learning Time’ event for Primary Care

Hundreds of healthcare colleagues from across the Vale of York came together to share valuable knowledge and learning around the diagnosis and care of dementia patients.

Hosted virtually by NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) the event looked at the knowledge and resources needed to support GPs and healthcare professionals to recognise dementia and improve the quality of life and care of people who are concerned about their memory, people with dementia and their family and carers.

Dr Nigel Wells, Clinical Chair at the CCG said: “Dementia is a key area of work right across the Vale of York and so I am delighted that we were able to dedicate time for those working right across primary care to come together and share insight into recognising the signs of dementia in patients right through to improving the quality of life and care of people who are concerned.

“We recognise that Protected Learning Time sessions are a valuable event for colleagues to take time away from practice to share and learn which is why we are keen to keep the momentum going now more than ever.”

The event also looked at opportunities for improving care, building relationships and sharing learning best practice, by putting the patient voice at the centre of the conversation.

The CCG welcomed Damian Murphy and the Mind and Voices group, a support network for people who live with dementia. This humorous and compassionate session enabled participants to gain a unique insight into dementia through the stories of people with dementia and their carers.
As part of the second keynote speech we heard from Nicci Gerarrd, a novelist (writing in her own name and, with her husband as Nicci French), a journalist and a campaigner. She talked about what Dementia can teach us about love and how we learn from it.  

Dr Helena Ebbs, GP at Pickering Medical Practice, said: Dr Helena Ebbs, GP at Pickering Medical Practice, said: “Dementia matters now, between March and June approximately 19,000 people died with dementia due to the pandemic.  It is vital that we provide the best possible care to people with dementia during these difficult times, by connecting those living with dementia to the services and networks that can support them.

“Ensuring that those working right across the healthcare system are more aware and feel able to make a dementia diagnosis will ensure we are there to help the most vulnerable and their families.

“We are working to ensure that all our colleagues across the healthcare system are more aware of dementia and enable people to get a diagnosis, ensuring that we help those that are most vulnerable and their families.”

“There are many benefits of a diagnosis, it is the key part in unlocking treatment, support and information as well as being able to support people to live safely in their own home. People with dementia tell us that being clear about their diagnosis has helped them share this with their families and friends, helping them live fuller, happier lives and plan for the future.”

“The PLT event has meant that we have been able to speak as a collective about why a diagnosis matters and how small changes can ensure Vale of York becomes an exemplar for those living with dementia.”

“By coming together and sharing good practice we were able to learn from each other and improve the care we offer.”


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