Members of the public are being invited to a free health information talk and Q&A in Chesterfield on Monday
11 August to learn how the Alzheimer’s Society works in local hospitals to offer advice and support to patients, carers and NHS staff around the impact of dementia.
Peter Bogue, the Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Services Manager for South Derbyshire and Derby City, and Donna Chadwick, one of the Alzheimer’s Society hospital support workers based in Derby and Derbyshire, will deliver a presentation entitled ‘The Alzheimer’s Society and the NHS: a partnership approach to dementia care’ at 7.00pm at the Hartington Unit, Chesterfield Royal Hospital.
Range of issues
They will highlight the work of hospital support workers such as Donna who are trained to work alongside health professionals in hospitals and provide information and help across a range of issues – everything from understanding how dementia changes relationships and behaviour, to advising on financial and legal matters, to discussing end-of-life care. Peter and Donna will also explain how the charity’s work then extends out into the community.
The free talk is being organised by Derbyshire Healthcare, which has liaison teams based at both the Royal Derby and Chesterfield Royal hospitals – teams that provide a rapid response and assessment service for individuals who attend A&E with physical health problems, but are then identified to have potential mental health problems too. The trust’s health professionals work closely with the Alzheimer’s Society’s hospital support workers to diagnose and support individuals with dementia. With around 800,000 people in the UK being affected by dementia, and this figure expected to rise over the coming years, the future of dementia care is likely to see greater partnership working between the NHS and charities like the Alzheimer’s Society.
The event is the second in a series of free monthly talks being organised by Derbyshire Healthcare, to raise awareness of the trust’s services and the opportunities for the public to get involved in the trust’s work. Peter and Donna’s presentation will be followed by a Q&A session, and light refreshments will be provided.
Peter Bogue of the Alzheimer’s Society says: “I’m looking forward to discussing the part that we play in supporting people with dementia in hospitals and in the community. Our hospital support workers have such varied roles: one minute they could be taking part in a drop-in with patients on a ward, the next they could be talking to a carer about benefits. Several of our hospital support workers are funded by the clinical commissioning groups – the NHS bodies that decide what services are needed in their area – and work very closely with staff from the hospitals trusts and organisations like Derbyshire Healthcare, so it really is a partnership approach.”
Anyone wishing to attend should pre book by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01332 623700 ext 33302.