Category Archives: Dementia

Want to make the wards at Royal Bournemouth Hospital more dementia friendly? Then cast your vote here!

How your vote could lead to £25,000 being awarded to make wards at Royal Bournemouth more dementia friendly

Kelly Lockyer, Dementia Nurse Specialist at Royal Bournemouth Hospital, is spear-heading an initiative to make the hospital wards easier to navigate for people with dementia (and their families) who can find hospitalisation a disorientating and distressing experience. You could help her and the team at Royal Bournemouth be awarded £25,000 from the Aviva Community Trust Fund. All you have to do is click here to access a message from Kelly which gives instructions on how to vote. I’ve just been casting my vote and while it might take a few minutes to conduct the voting process, if enough of us do it, it will be worth it.

It is also nice to take part in a voting process today that does not have the possibility of ending with Donald Trump being handed the nuke codes…

Want to improve patient care? Then become a clinical researcher

New digital magazine aims to inspire the next generation of researchers*

A new magazine called The Researcher has launched today. The digital publication, created for early career researchers by early career researchers aims to raise awareness of research careers among nurses, midwives and allied health professionals.

Working in collaboration with Health Education England (HEE), NHS North West Research and Development and a team of early career researchers, along with award winning writer Rob Young, we have produced the magazine, which illustrates the real-life stories of what it is like to undertake a research career.

Two further editions of The Researcher are planned over the next six months. This first edition has the theme of ‘Breaking boundaries’ and is available to read at

Please let NIHR know your comments on Twitter using #TheResearcherMagazine.

*Text above reproduced from here

What is consciousness?

 ‘The Consciousness Conundrum’
by Dr Peter Naish – Open University

“What is consciousness, and how do physical processes in the brain give rise to the subjective life of a conscious mind? Simple animals like the amoeba presumably have no such experience, since they have no brain or nervous system, yet they can react to their surroundings well enough to survive without it. Many of our own cognitive functions such as perceiving objects, making decisions, and even performing apparently voluntary actions can take place without consciousness intervening, but if we can function without conscious awareness, why should consciousness be there at all? Is consciousness just an accidental by-product of having a large brain, or has it been selected for by evolution because creatures with consciousness have improved prospects for survival? Historically, questions about the ‘hard problem’ of consciousness have primarily been a topic for philosophers, but advances in neuroscience are bringing us closer to a scientific understanding. Peter Naish, a senior lecturer in cognitive psychology at The Open University, will be revealing many of the latest developments in our efforts to unravel the mysteries of consciousness.”

Saturday 10th October 2.00pm Moordown Community Centre, Coronation Avenue, BH9 1TW

The above text originally appeared in the Dorset Humanists newsletter. No religious or a-religious views are being implied – this simply looks like a thought-provoking talk relevant to some of the situations nurses can find themselves in while caring for people at their most vulnerable. 

Good communication and high quality person-centred care for people with dementia-free webinar

You might be interested in joining a free webinar, tomorrow (22nd September 2015) from 12 12.40pm, focused on good communication and high quality person-centred care for people with dementia. It is being delivered by The National Skills Academy for Health. Here’s what they say about it:

“Full of useful information, hints and tips, the webinar will give attendees the opportunity to:

  • Discuss the importance of good communication skills and the impact poor skills can have on those with dementia and their families
  • Consider how best to develop skills to ensure those with dementia receive high quality person-centred care
  • Review and discuss a new free resource designed by Skills for Health, the Association for Dementia Studies at Worcester University and other key partners to help the healthcare workforce understand how best to support those with dementia
  • Share thoughts and ideas with colleagues and peers from across the sector

Click here to register for the webinar


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If you would like to have a look at Stand By Me before the webinar and have not yet registered to access it, please contact the Skills for Health e-learning helpdesk on 0844 770 3770. The course is free to all organisations but non-NHS organisations may need to provide some additional information as part of the registration process. Click here for further information about the course. 

Unable to attend? If you have an existing commitment preventing you from attending the live session, register anyway and we’ll send you a link to the recording so you can view the webinar at a more convenient time.”

I won’t catch this live as I’ll be in a meeting so if you do listen in let me know what you thought of it!

Changing practice in dementia care – check out this research

Hot off the press is ‘Changing practice in dementia care in the community: developing and testing evidence-based interventions, from timely diagnosis to end of life (EVIDEM)‘. 

This is the report of the Evidence based Interventions in Dementia NIHR programme 2008-14, which includes studies on diagnosis and management of people with dementia in general practice, exercise as therapy for BPSD (behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia), prevalence and management of incontinence, end of life care for people with dementia and the application of the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

Recommended read for up-to-date knowledge on dementia care.


Dementia Awareness Week (18-24 May 2015) – Podcasts and Twitter chats

During Dementia Awareness Week (18–24 May 2015) The National Skills Academy for Health will be publishing a series of daily podcasts to explore key dementia care issues. 

The themes and topics in each podcast will be explored further during live daily Twitter chats. Dementia experts, including UCL Partners and NHS Employers, will be taking part to debate the issues and answer your questions. 

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These might be especially useful if you’re a year one nursing student thinking about what to write for your Exploring Adult Nursing assignment (reflecting on a case scenario where you have cared for a patient with cognitive impairment). One or all of these podcasts might help with some useful information or at least give you some ideas if you’ve chosen to write about a patient with dementia…


Podcasts will be available from 9am every day (18-24 May 2015) with the live Twitter chat following between 12.30pm and 1.30pm.

For more details, to ask a question or have a link to the podcast delivered to your inbox, click here.