MindCare Dementia Support has been delivering dementia skills training to family carers looking after people with dementia in the London Borough of Wandsworth. Commissioned by NHS Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the Coping with Caring project and has been running since October 2015. In January 2016, Coping with Caring began providing dementia skills training for dementia care professionals.
A recent evaluation report found that 100% of carers attending workshops and receiving individual coaching in their homes reported that their dementia knowledge, communication skills and confidence in their caring role had improved. 96% of carers said they felt less isolated as a result of the workshops.
In addition, 80 dementia care professionals completed Understanding Dementia workshops. 97% of participants said that their expectations had been fully met or exceeded, with 100% saying they had a better dementia knowledge and skills and more confidence as a result of the workshop.