MindCare to Deliver Dementia Skills Training to Care Homes in South London

MindCare Dementia Support (part of Bromley & Lewisham Mind) are delighted to be working in partnership with the Health Innovation Network (HIN) South London to deliver Train the Trainer sessions to staff from 40 care homes across South London over the coming months.

The training will be based on the highly regarded Barbara’s Story films, developed by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Trust, and will also cover the DeAR-GP assessment tool.

Barbara’s story is series of short films (shown as a longer film on YouTube) to train health and social care professionals in how a person with a dementia would experience their world. The training and films help health and social care professionals to best support and care for a person with a dementia.

DeAR GP is a paper-based, communcation tool to help care workers in care homes identify people who are showing signs of dementia and refer them to GPs for appropriate assessment and diagnosis. This will help care workers, family members and friends understand the care needs of the person, leading to better care and support of the person with dementia.

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This training project will be delivered by the MindCare’s Dementia Skills Team. The team have many years of experience working directly with people with dementia, and bring this to bear in their training delivery.

In recent years, MindCare’s Dementia Skills Team have provided training to groups of staff as diverse as:

  • researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry
  • security staff from a shopping centre
  • GPs
  • and a wide range of care staff.

“This is a really important project”, said Bromley & Lewisham Mind Chief Executive, Ben Taylor. “Many people living in care homes experience dementia and it makes all the difference if the staff who care for them understand what that experience is like. Barbara’s Story is a really powerful way of developing that understanding and opening up a meaningful discussion about how people with dementia can be responded to in a way that works better for them.”

For more information about the project, and particularly if you work in a care home and would like to get involved, please email training@mindcare.org.uk or phone to speak to one of the MindCare Dementia Skills Team on 020 8249 7291.