Heatwave Plan for England: 2015 (Department of Health / NHS England / Public Health England)

Summary

The Heatwave Plan for England is about minimising the avoidable effects of (potential) severe heat in England on health. The plan recommends steps to reduce the risks from prolonged exposure to severe heat. It is intended for many audiences: including the NHS, local authorities, social care and other public agencies, professionals working with people at risk, individuals, local communities and voluntary groups.

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Heatwave Plan for England. London: Public Health England, Department of Health and NHS England: May 22nd 2015.

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Heatwave plan for England: protecting health and reducing harm from severe heat and heatwave. London: Public Health England / NHS England, May 22nd 2015.

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Supporting Meaningful Activity in the Community: Brief Example (Frame of Mind CIC)

Summary

Frame of Mind is a Community Interest Company providing picture framing and printing services to businesses and residents in the Bognor Regis area. One of their roles involves offering vocational training and wellbeing opportunities for local adults with mental health issues, learning disabilities and dementia.

Their Dementia Care-related services won the National Dementia Care Innovation Award in 2012.

“Frame of Mind sets a new standard for the creative engagement of people living with and without Dementia as partners in living life to the full”. Cecilia Yardley of the Lewy Body Society.

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Vocational wellbeing for people living with dementia. Bognor Regis [Online]: Frame of Mind (CIC), 2015.

Possibly also of interest:

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Rebuilding practical skills after having Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome. Living with dementia magazine. Alzheimer’s Society, March 2013.

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International Meeting of Regulators on Challenges of Dementia Research and Drug Development (MHRA / Department of Health)

Summary

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) took part in an international workshop with other regulators, and has released a statement of intent about how to support the development of drugs for dementia. This work is in support of the World Dementia Council (WDC)’s aim to promote dementia drug development as announced in the G8 Summit’s goal of finding a cure or disease modifying therapy for dementia by 2025.

The meeting in question involved 11 regulators from 10 authorities, and took place in November 2014. The regulators tackled a factual problem statement:

“There is no regulatory solution for the scientific gaps in the understanding of the disease”.

The regulators did at least identify six areas (six high-level constructs relating to research) which may in future assist work towards potential solutions.

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MHRA is 1 of 10 regulators to help with the development of treatments for dementia. London: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency / Department of Health / Office for Life Sciences, March 16th 2015.

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Regulatory research dementia workshop conclusions. London: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, March 16th 2015.

Note: Appearance of the above publication(s) was timed to coincide with the World Health Organization (WHO) Ministerial Conference on Global Action Against Dementia, in held in Geneva between March 16th – 17th 2015.

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Videos and Statistics for Dementia Awareness Week (2015): Thinking Ahead (Department of Health / Alzheimer’s Society)

Summary

Dementia Awareness Week occurs this year between May 17th – 23rd 2015. The theme this year is about living a good life with dementia (as far as possible), and preserving self-esteem, dignity and independence.

Five videos have been released for Dementia Awareness Week 2015, about post-diagnostic support for people with dementia in different areas of England. These include:

  1. Dementia Services in Tower Hamlets, London: examining the challenges for people with dementia, particularly for certain black and minority ethnic communities.
  2. Dementia Support Workers in Bath and North East Somerset: looking at the role of Dementia Support Workers, who support people with dementia and their families and carers.
  3. Community Care Model for Dementia at North East London NHS Foundation Trust: describing a model to support GPs, care homes and community mental health team staff, which has reduced hospital admissions and hospital length of stay for people with dementia.
  4. Shires Community Support Team in Derbyshire: demonstrating a multi-disciplinary team approach to support people with dementia. (Improvements to dementia diagnosis rates are mentioned incidentally).
  5. Support for people with early onset dementia at Mersey Care NHS Trust: focusing on Mersey Care’s specialist service for people with early onset dementia.

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Videos: good practice in post diagnosis support. London: Department of Health, May 2015.

See also:

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Dementia Awareness Week. London [Online]: Alzheimer’s Society, May 2015.

Dementia Statistics 2014 Infographic (Alzheimer’s Society)

The Alzheimer’s Society has commissioned an interactive infographic about the impact of dementia and the scale of dementia, based on statistics from their Dementia 2014 report. This can also be downloaded as a static and printable .pdf format document:

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Dementia 2014 Infographic. London [Online]: Alzheimer’s Society, September 2014.

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Dying Matters Awareness Week 2015: Plus Related Information and Developments (Dying Matters Coalition / BBC News / PHSO / Nursing Times)

Summary

The “Dying Matters Awareness Week”, this year having the theme “Talk, Plan, Live”, occurs between May 18th – 24th 2015. The aim is to support more open discussion about dying, death and bereavement. Making end of life wishes known, early on, can be beneficial.

Read more: Dying Matters.

Dying Without Dignity (PHSO)

The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman’s “Dying Without Dignity” report into inadequacies in end-of-life care during the last four years has identified the persistence of poor communication, poor pain management and inadequate out-of-hours services. Too many people still die in hospital (against their wishes), rather than their preferred place of death.

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End-of-life care letting people down – health ombudsman. London: BBC Health News, May 20th 2015.

End-of-Life Care in Acute Hospitals (RCN)

Some nursing guidelines on improving end-of-life care in acute hospitals:

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Reference

Oliver, T. [and] O’Connor, SJ. (2015). Perceptions of a “good death” in acute hospitals. Nursing Times. May 20th 2015. Vol.111(21), pp.24-27.

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Living With Dementia: Practical, Legal and Financial Considerations (Laker Legal Solicitors)

Summary

Coinciding with Dementia Awareness Week (May 17th – 23rd 2015), Laker Legal have commissioned an infographic explaining the practical, financial and legal considerations for people who have recently received a dementia diagnosis (and for the consideration of their loved ones).

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Watts, D. (2015). Living with dementia: the practical, legal & financial considerations. [Online] Carnforth: Laker Legal, May 2015.

Note: The accuracy and suitability of this information (for a UK audience) is the responsibility of the originators: Laker Legal Solicitors.

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