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Raising Awareness of Dementia

Newsdate: 22 May 2015 Dementia Awareness Week Stand

WWL are celebrating and supporting the National Dementia Awareness Week. In preparation for this week, WWL’s trained Dementia Champions created visual information boards promoting dementia awareness which are on display around the Trust. Robert Armstrong, Trust Chairman, accompanied by Jean Ramsdale (Lead Nurse for Dementia/Older People) was delighted to see a number of these boards located across Wigan Infirmary. This is evidence of the commitment that the staff are putting in to improve dementia awareness within our hospitals.

WWL is committed to improving the care of patients living with dementia who require our services. Dementia is very common; there are about 800,000 people within the UK currently diagnosed. It is estimated that, within the next ten years, 1 million people will be diagnosed with some form of dementia. Dementia makes the lives of people who have it, and their lives of their families, friends and carers very difficult.

The Trust is working collaboratively with a number of organisations including – 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Wigan Council, Wigan Social Services, Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust, Wigan Borough CCG, Care Homes, schools, Wigan Carers Group, Alzheimer’s Society and other services. This integrated approach delivers the best care and support to some of the most vulnerable patients and their carers in the Borough. 

Through the investment the Trust has made into dementia education, all WWL staff have completed mandatory training on dementia awareness. There are 140 members of staff have completed the advanced Dementia Champion two-day training course. This group meets every six weeks to share good practice and hear about the latest developments on dementia care. All staff can request to undertake further dementia training and education. The WWL Dementia Team have also trained over 1,100 Dementia Friends across the community.