An innovative training event held on Wednesday 22nd November saw the coming together of professionals from General Practice, Pharmacy, Dentistry and Optometry to consider possible interventions to help patients with dementia. The interactive session was made possible with the collaboration of the Wales Deanery, WOPEC, and WCPPE and attracted an audience of over 60, with a further 137 livestreaming the event.
Sue Brewin, an Associate Trainer with the Alzheimer's Society, introduced 'Joan', a case study of a 71 year old patient showing symptoms of dementia, who went on to receive a dual diagnosis of the disease. The audience followed Joan's life over a number of years, and were invited to discuss thoughts and possible interventions at each stage in the development of her symptoms. Ideas were also shared via the Wales Deanery Twitter feed, and these were presented by Dr Ilona Johnson, Senior Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Dental Public Health.
The panel of experts shared their expertise with healthcare professionals in the audience, outlining their approach to helping Joan receive appropriate support and practical help. This included when and how a referral should be made to Social Services, another healthcare body, or an institution such as the DVLA.
Livestreaming the event proved valuable to a large audience who would otherwise have been unable to attend the event. Jodi West, a GP with NHS Grampian, said, "I would just like to say that, as a GP with limited time for CPD due to young children, how great this event was and how brilliant it was to be able to stream this from home."
Summing up the event, Kathryn Hodgson, Head of Programme Delivery at WCPPE, said, “It was great to hear and understand how all healthcare professionals have an active role in supporting individuals with dementia regardless of care setting or the role that they play. The event offered valuable signposting to practical resources, and hints and tips to support patients living with dementia."
Kathryn added, "It was an excellent and informative evening. A great learning opportunity to have a range of health professionals in the same room. We can learn so much from each other."
The dementia event can be viewed here.