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Dementia awareness training

Local Dementia Academic Action Group (DAAG) success and approach


Here in the Thames Valley we made a commitment to respond to the Prime Minister’s Dementia Challenge. By actively and collaboratively working with partners we made a positive difference to education and awareness in supporting the delivery of dementia awareness training to the Thames Valley workforce. We had an aspirational approach in bringing real understanding to the needs of those living with dementia and their families and careers, meaning we also easily surpassed our target with over 18,500 staff now trained.

Dementia Academic Action Group

A key to success was our approach to reviewing what represented the best training available and supporting local providers. We commissioned some of the leading academic and HEIs in the region to form the DAAG which last year undertook a review of dementia training, signposting providers to the very best training. Following the publication of the report the DAAG continues to deliver further advanced training. 

Delivering dementia awareness training through simulation. We funded an innovative Dementia Training Through Simulation (DEALTS) programme, delivered by a team from Wexham Park Hospital’s simulation and resuscitation team. Five training events held since November across the Thames Valley have trained 75 staff in advanced dementia care, ‘training the trainer’ to take that knowledge further into their organisation. Complex scenarios use the relatives of patients with dementia, together with simulation technology, to explore poor examples of care and how to improve.

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