Health Education England (HEE) have released a video which aims to raise awareness, on the part of health and social care professionals, of attitudes towards dementia in the African Caribbean community.
The “Finding Patience” video is intended to raise awareness amongst African Caribbean families directly too. The aim is to help families (and members of BAME communities more generally) to recognise dementia and overcome any stigma / other socio-cultural factors which may act as barriers to seeking help and advice.
“Understanding cultural factors that can prevent people seeking help and advice is essential if we are to tackle health inequalities and improve rates of early diagnosis”. Professor Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, Director of Nursing and Deputy Director of Education and Quality at Health Education England.
Raising awareness of dementia in the African Caribbean community. [Press release, with links and embedded video]. [Online]: Health Education England, August 2nd 2016.
The broad policy background:
Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia 2020: Implementation Plan. London: Department of Health, March 5th 2016.
Specific steps in policy implementation (including those for HEE), in table format:
Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia 2020: Implementation Plan. Annex 2: Roadmaps to 2020 delivery. London: Department of Health, March 5th 2016.