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New Dementia Film to be Shown at Wigan Infirmary

Newsdate: 16 February 2016

A new, educational, dementia film is set to premiere at Wigan Infirmary’s Medical Education Centre on Thursday 18 February.

The informative production, entitled “Diary of a Bed Number”, has been produced for WWL by Preston-based company, Red Pencil Productions. It tells the story of a person’s journey through hospital, from the perspective of a dementia patient. The film aims to show how small and seemingly insignificant actions by staff, can have a detrimental effect on the patient.

Among those invited to the showing of the film are; members of the Trust Board, governors, senior nurses, the cast and crew members. 
WWL’s Dementia Team hopes that the film will become a training resource for all clinical staff at the Trust. Dementia training is already an available module for clinical staff on the Trust’s online training resource. In the past year, Trust staff achieved an outstanding 98.76% pass rate.

In addition to the film and the online dementia training, there is a whole host of other dementia teaching that WWL staff deliver. Jean Ramsdale, lead Dementia Nurse at the Trust, and her team also carry out training courses in care homes, voluntary groups, schools and colleges. This training has been delivered to over 1500 people.

The team also do a tremendous two-day “Dementia Champions” course for all clinical and non-clinical staff. These classes will next be held on Thursday 14 April – Friday 15 April.

Plans are in place for the film to have another showing, to Care Home Managers, on Monday 22 February.

The focus on dementia training forms part of Greater Manchester’s “Dementia United” campaign. The aim of the programme is for people from Greater Manchester to receive excellence in dementia care, from diagnosis to living well with dementia. “Dementia United” will formally launch in March 2016.

Jean Ramsdale, Lead Dementia Nurse at WWL who commissioned the film, is excited by the new film. She said “Although we already do some excellent work regarding dementia patients, we know there is always room for improvement. We sincerely hope that this new film will prove an invaluable resource for staff in their efforts to care for people with the condition.”