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Dementia care fellowship: empowering professionals in practice

Following the recent success of the Dementia Fellowship in Primary and Community Care, the 3rd cohort of Dementia Care Fellowship Programme to support doctors, nurses, other healthcare staff and managers of clinical services in hospital settings including emergency care staff is now underway by Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS). The fellowship is fully funded by Health Education Kent, Surrey and Sussex and was open to NHS-funded healthcare staff working across this region.

The Dementia fellowship develops both clinical and leadership skills to drive forward best practice, service improvements and quality of care for patients. All participants make a local service improvement pledge whilst on the programme,  in doing this a wide range of projects have been covered in the field ranging from improving knowledge and awareness amongst staff to improving information for people recently diagnosed with dementia and their carers. Together the fellows are taking specialist skills in dementia back to their local areas to enable positive change.

All three cohorts have proved extremely popular and to date we have over eighty healthcare professionals  including GPs, practice nurses, emergency care doctors and nurses, pharmacists and allied health professionals from GP practices, CCGs, acute & community trusts and other healthcare organisations across Kent, Surrey and Sussex that together create a KSS Dementia Fellowship Network. The network was launched at a mini conference on 15 October which bought together cohorts one and two.  The emphasis was on delivering patient centred care with speakers from Alzheimer’s Society, Point of Care Foundation and UCL.  This was coupled with time networking together, sharing improvement plans, what’s worked and what has been difficult.

The next Dementia Fellowship Network conference, bringing together all three cohorts is Thursday 25th June 2015.

Thank you very much for your interest in the Dementia Fellowship.

Melanie Thomas
Programme Coordinator
Centre for Dementia Studies & SDS Health Education Kent, Surrey & Sussex
Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

01273 265909

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