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Online Course to Improve Communication and Care for People Living with Dementia Nominated for National Award

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An E-learning course to improve communication and care for people living with dementia has been nominated for a national award.

Stand By Me was developed by the University of Worcester’s Association for Dementia Studies, Skills for Health and other key partners, with funding from the Department of Health, and is aimed at health and social care practitioners from all settings to help them deliver high quality, person-centred care to people living with dementia and their families.

The resource has been shortlisted for an E-Learning Award in the category of ‘Excellence in the Production of Learning Content – not for profit sector’. Eight other contenders include organisations such as Channel 4, The College of Policing and The Home Office.

The E-learning Awards 2015 are described as "The biggest and most hard-fought E-Learning Awards" receiving 400 entries across all categories. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on November 25th.

Professor Dawn Brooker, Director of the University of Worcester’s Association for Dementia Studies, said: “Communicating well with people living with dementia and their families is a core skill for health and social care staff whatever setting they work in. This online course helps to build confidence to ensure that staff have the necessary skills to deliver excellent care and we are very proud that this has been recognised in being shortlisted for this award.”

Created with the help of experts from Worcestershire Health & Care NHS Trust, Herefordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Heart of Worcestershire College and Skills for Care, the online course is based on a series of six short films reflecting a wide range of realistic situations, including visiting the GP surgery, supporting people in their own home, moving into a care home, being admitted to hospital, receiving paramedic services and end of life care.

The scripts were developed from a series of focus groups involving health and social care staff and people living with dementia and their families. Most of the actors in the films are real-life health and social care staff from across Herefordshire and Worcestershire, family carers and people living with dementia.

Skills for Health Regional Director for Southern England, Anne Clarke, added: “This course brings to light the importance of communicating and caring effectively for people living with dementia and their families. This is a fantastic course teaching learners the necessary skills needed to provide the best quality of care people with dementia deserve.”

The online course has been developed following the success of a DVD resource of the same name, Stand By Me.

The onlince course can be found on the Skills for Health e-learning platform here http://www.nsahealth.org.uk/e-learning/courses-we-offer/286:stand-by-me-dementia-free-e-learning-course

For further information please contact The Association for Dementia Studies on 01905 542531, www.worcester.ac.uk/dementia or visit www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/e-learning.