In February 2016, MacIntyre was awarded a significant grant from the Department of Health’s Innovation, Excellence and Strategic Development Fund. The application was made following the enormous success of MacIntyre’s Dementia Special Interest Group (DSIG).
The Department of Health grant is enabling us to create a range of learning and multi-media information resources to improve the support and care for people with learning disabilities who have dementia or are at risk of developing dementia.
Aims of the project
- To help raise awareness of dementia among people with a learning disability, their families and professionals to better understand the condition and future care.
- To help people with a learning disability receive a timely diagnosis of dementia.
- To train professionals to provide better care for people with learning disability living with or at risk of dementia.
We are achieving the project aims by:
- Creating online and hard copies of resources that will increase knowledge and understanding of Learning Disability and Dementia, including Easy Read.
- Providing learning opportunities for all staff, particularly support staff, to help them provide better care and support for people with a learning disability and dementia, or at risk of dementia.
- Developing a portfolio of good practice to disseminate to other interested organisations.
Working with experts
Beth Britton, a leading freelance campaigner, consultant, writer and blogger who specialises in dementia, is a key partner in the MacIntyre Dementia Project. Beth has been working with the DSIG since it began and advises us on the tools and resources we produce. Beth also shares her expertise to ensure the Dementia Project is at the forefront of dementia practice.
We are also working with The Evidence Centre to assess the feasibility and impact of the resources developed.
To ensure the Dementia Project meets the outcomes identified in the project plan and the criteria set by the Department of Health, a MacIntyre Dementia Project Steering Group has been set up.
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