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Posted on Sep 20 2023 by Fiona Bailey

Two leading psychologists are fronting an online CPD dementia webinar to mark World Alzheimer's Month.

Dr Inga Stewart, Head of Patient Co-Production and Inclusion and Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Dr Vincent Harding, Clinical and Forensic Psychologist, will be talking about dementia diagnosis and care planning.

They will be joined by Dr Louise Birkett-Swan, Clinical Neuropsychologist at Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Memory Assessment Service and Jacqueline Parkes, Professor of Applied Mental Health at University of Northampton and Chair of Northamptonshire Dementia Action Forum.

The event is free to join and will take place on Wednesday 27 September between 1 and 230pm.

Dr Stewart will use the time to discuss the importance of co-production and will showcase her research which is based around a co-produced care planning toolkit for people with dementia.

Dr Stewart said: “We welcome care workers and clinicians who work within the field of dementia to join us at our webinar where we will be sharing good practice and discussing the best approach to putting people living with dementia at the centre of their care.

“People living with dementia can often find themselves side-lined and being in hospital can also mean that a person can become isolated from their support networks. Needing a period of care in hospital when also living with dementia.

 “We want people living with dementia, and their partners in care to create better outcomes for themselves through co-producing their own care plan which is why we’ve developed this toolkit to help care teams actively involve people with dementia in writing their own care plan.”

Dr Harding will talk about the Triangle of Care and the importance of John’s Campaign which  welcomes, not just allows, people to support their relative or friend living with dementia in a care home or hospital setting.

Dr Harding said: “At St Andrew’s Healthcare, we recognise the importance of families and friends. We invite them to work with us as equal partners-in-care, according to their wants and needs. By doing so, we can support truly person-centred care, and improved experiences and outcomes for all.

“Working closely with families and friends as equal partners-in-care helps us to identify existing areas of best practice and opportunities for development in order to make this practice routine. We are changing the culture so that the John’s Campaign philosophy becomes the norm”.

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