Hull Dementia Academy produces first graduates

Hull Dementia Academy delivered its inaugural course, when delegates from leading organisations completed its six-part training, support and workforce development programme.

The Academy was set up in 2012 and is the first of its kind in the UK, enabling professionals from services such as the police, ambulance and fire services to support individuals with dementia in the course of their work. The Academy aims to drive up standards in dementia care by providing a single point of access for people living and working with those with dementia in Hull, enabling them to reach information and training and to promote workforce development.

A total of 14 candidates from the Academy’s partner organisations took part in the course, using specialist materials developed by Jackie Pool Associates, a UK leading expert in dementia care training The delegates are each working towards completing a national dementia qualification, which will accredit them to deliver the ‘Understanding dementia and responding positively’ training back in their respective organisations.

Taking part were representatives from:

•    Hull City Council
•    NHS Hull
•    Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust
•    Yorkshire Ambulance Service
•    Hull Admiral Nurses
•    Professional Advocacy Support Services
•    Humberside Police
•    Humberside Fire & Rescue Service
•    City Health Care Partnership CIC

The need for improved dementia training is a priority that runs across all parts of the Government’s National Strategy ‘Living well with dementia’. Training is set out as a specific strategic objective – emphasising the Government’s recognition of its central importance.

Under Objective 13, the Strategy highlights this aim to create a more informed and effective workforce for people with dementia: “All health and social care staff involved in the care of people who may have dementia to have the necessary skills to provide the best quality of care in the roles and settings where they work. To be achieved by effective basic training and continuous professional and vocational development in dementia.”

Councillor Rilba Jones, portfolio holder for health and equalities, Hull City Council, said: “The Dementia Academy training is providing valuable information and support to partners involved in early diagnosis and those suffering with dementia across Hull. The training will drive up the standards of care and improve the lives of those living with dementia.”

Jackie Pool Associates develops and provides specialist dementia leadership programmes and training materials for those working in the health and social care sector across the UK and internationally.

The company is dedicated to improving the knowledge and skills of the statutory, private and voluntary adult care workforce in order to make a real difference to the quality of experience of those living with dementia.

Jackie Pool Associates is focused on raising awareness and understanding of dementia among public and professional audience, and the vital role that good care plays for people living with dementia.

Jackie Pool, founder and chief executive of Jackie Pool Associates, said: “Hull Dementia Academy is a pioneering initiative involving a range of organisations all of which play a vital role for people living with dementia. By providing our training materials to the Academy we will enable these delegates to enrich the learning experience for their own colleagues and stakeholders, thereby improving the available support for those who need it most.”

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