22 May 2012
Canterbury Christ Church University's Dementia Services Development Centre South East (DSDCse) was represented at the House of Commons for the launch of a new report* into local level dementia care.
Signalling the start of Dementia Awareness Week 2012, the report identified south east England as one of the regions in the UK that is struggling to recognise people with symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease at an early stage.
DSDCse director, Dr Penny Hibberd attended the House of Commons as one of the leading representatives for dementia care in the south east. She said: “The report highlights the south east as one of the places in the UK that is not identifying the early symptoms in people with Alzheimer’s. This could be due to the rural nature of the region or a need for more public and professional awareness of the treatment options available for Alzheimer’s.
“The DSDCse aims to support dementia services to plan, deliver, and improve the quality of care and support for older people with dementia. It also promotes a philosophy of care that is a person-centred, relationship based approach that focuses on preserving the dignity and independence of the individual who has a dementia and supporting their family.”
Earlier this month a paper by Dr Hibberd, co-authored by Dr Pat Chung, was chosen as a Highly Commended award winner at the Lierati Network Awards for Excellence 2012.
Their article entitled: “Working in partnership with family carers: the importance of learning from carers’ experiences” published in Quality Ageing and Older Adults, was chosen following consultation amongst the journal’s Editorial Team, many of whom are eminent academics or managers. The paper was selected as one of the most impressive pieces of work the team has seen throughout 2011.
Canterbury Christ Church University, Dementia UK and Avante Partnership joined as equal partners of the DSDC South East in 2011. The aim of the Centre is to support dementia services in the south east by offering innovative training programmes and care qualifications for healthcare professionals as well as to improve the quality and development of services for people with dementia and their carers.
*Independent report launched at House of Commons entitled: Delivering Alzheimer’s disease treatment at a local level: an expert report on how to deliver improved treatment for Alzheimer’s disease patients in local Primary Care Trusts, by Dr Simon Wright and Professor Peter Passmore.
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With nearly 18,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.
The Dementia Services Development Centre South East (DSDCse)
The Dementia Services Development Centre South East (DSDCse) is a regional centre, based at Canterbury Christ Church University, which serves the counties of Kent, Sussex and Surrey.
Dementia is viewed as a disability, and the culture of care promoted by the Centre emphasises personal strengths, maintenance and development of relationships and retained abilities.