Free training opportunity from Skills for Health: Supporting people with dementia health logoCommon Core Principles for Supporting People with Dementia: Bridging the skills gap.

This event is an interactive day to raise awareness of dementia, in support of the government’s Dementia Strategy. The day will help you ensure that your workforce have the right skills to provide a high quality service for people with dementia in accordance with the Common Core Principles for Supporting People with Dementia.

In 2011, the Department of Health asked Skills for Health to work in partnership with Skills for Care to develop the Common Core Principles for Supporting People with Dementia. The Common Core Principles were developed to support workforce development within health and social care settings and service. The Common Core Principles enhances the skills, confidence and communication of the workforce and provide the foundations for learning and development.

What is the aim of this event?

This workshop has been developed as a Train the Trainer event. It aims to guide trainers from across all health and social care settings through a range of selected learning resources, which they could use with staff in their organisation, to help embed the 8 Common Core Principles.

Who should attend this event?

The event is designed for anyone working in a Health Care setting or service, with a responsibility for staff development or working in a training role within their organisation.

What will be covered?

You will be taken through selected training resources that embed each of the Common Core Principles.

On completion of this workshop you will have:

  • Explored the Common Core Principles for Supporting People with Dementia
  • Gained training resources to use with your organisation for workforce development
  • Identified dementia skills gaps within your organisation
  • Created an action plan to fill your dementia skills gap

What will you take away from this event?

Through attending this event you will gain access to a diverse range of training resources that you can use and adapt for your organisation to help embed the Common Core Principles for Supporting People with Dementia. You will have begun to create an action plan of how to close the dementia skills gap identified within your organisation and will have a new network group to support you in developing the dementia care in your organisation.

These events are free to attend.  To register* for your place click here.

For more information contact Jade Duffy – 0191 229 3409.

* We expect demand to be high so places have been limited to no more than 2 per organisation.

Eyes on Evidence: Weight management during pregnancy

Feet on ScalePregnancy is thought to be an ideal time for health professionals to discuss weight management because women are motivated to make changes that will benefit themselves and their baby.   Across Europe and the USA, up to 40% of women gain more than the recommended weight in pregnancy (Thangaratinam and Jolly 2010). Excessive weight gain during pregnancy is associated with a number of serious health problems, including hypertension, gestational diabetes, and pre-eclampsia.
Current advice: There are no evidence-based UK guidelines on recommended weight-gain ranges during pregnancy. NICE recommends that weight loss programmes should not be used during pregnancy as they may harm the health of the unborn child. However, health professionals are advised to dispel any myths about what and how much to eat during pregnancy. For example, there is no need to ‘eat for 2’ or to drink full-fat milk. Energy needs do not change in the first 6 months of pregnancy and increase only slightly in the last 3 months (and then only by around 200 calories per day).
NICE advises that women stay active during pregnancy. Moderate-intensity physical activity will not harm a pregnant woman or her unborn child. At least 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity is recommended each day.

News from NICE

NICE recommends blood pressure device that can help prevent strokes

A new device that allows GPs and practice nurses to detect pulse irregularities and pick up cases of atrial fibrillation whilst measuring blood pressure has been recommended by NICE.   Atrial fibrillation (AF) causes the heart to beat with an irregular rhythm. It can be difficult to detect and subsequently diagnose as it is often asymptomatic and can be intermittent.

People with AF are at increased risk of developing blood clots and subsequent stroke, with 423,000 people aged 65 and over expected to have AF, of whom some will be will living with the condition yet are undiagnosed.

In its medical technology guidance on WatchBP Home A, NICE says the device reliably detects AF and may increase the rate of detection when used in primary care. This will consequently allow for preventative treatment to be given and to reduce the incidence of AF-related stroke.

Statement of collaboration between NICE and Public Heath England
NICE and Public Health England agreed to collaborate on future work.
February 8, 2013
Dementia, stroke and cancer among potential indicators for latest CCG Outcomes Indicator Set
Dementia, stroke, cancer, and end-of-life care are among 32 new indicators put forward for inclusion in the Clinical Commissioning Group Outcomes Indicator Set (CCG OIS).
February 4, 2013
Have your say on NICE’s social care work 
The Department of Health has launched a 12 week consultation to gather views on the topics for NICE’s new quality standards and guidance for social care.
February 1, 2013