The MacIntyre Dementia Project is continuing to gain momentum and work is now in full swing for the second year of the project. You may have noticed that we extended a warm welcome to the new Dementia Project Manager, Sarah Ormston, on our website in April. We are all very excited to have Sarah on board!
On track with our aims and objectives, the eLearning and other online resources have now been created and uploaded to My MacIntyre (the online learning centre for MacIntyre staff) which is a key part of the project. The eLearning has been called ‘Wellbeing for Life’ and it contains a whole suite of resources for staff to complete as relevant. The resource is currently available to all Year 1 groups of the project in Milton Keynes, Bedfordshire and Warrington.
The project team continues to work closely with Beth Britton, who is a valued member of the team and has been busy facilitating a set of roundtable events with staff in Year 1 groups to promote the eLearning, with topics including Life Stories and wellbeing.
Next, the team will be working on approaching Health Professionals to gain their feedback on the Wellbeing for Life resources. Health Professionals are essential partners in ensuring people receive a timely diagnosis as well as appropriate care and support so ensuring that these resources work for everyone is vital. Additionally, in order to support timely diagnosis, the team has started to look at how all aspects of health are recorded and monitored across MacIntyre. They will be working with staff across the whole range of MacIntyre services to promote and share best practice in relation to health recording.
Involving the people we support in the project is still a key aim, and the ‘Keep Going…….Don’t Stop!’ group in Chesterfield continues to meet once a month and has also been busy looking at topics such as going to the doctors, growing older and wellbeing. This is carried out through the use of role-play, conversations with ideas contributed by the group members, videos, picture cards and other resources.
The project team, alongside Experts by Experience Rosie and Rachel, have also been working hard to raise awareness of the work of the project by attending lots of events and conferences, including the Alzheimer’s Society Champions Conference in March. At the end of April, the team presented at the Royal College of Psychiatrists event ‘Learning Disability and Dementia’ for their Special Interest Day, and they are also in the process of planning a roundtable event in June with the Dementia Action Alliance.