#physiotalk on Dementia 17th March 2014

#Physiotalk  meets #PhysioDementia

 So who are your hosts for the chat?
On 17th March at 8pm (GMT)  #Physiotalk will be hosted by Lynn Flannigan and Elaine Hunter to explore the role of physiotherapy in dementia. Both have developed blogs previously and know of the benefits of online conversations. However who are Lynn and Elaine? We have given a small brief biography below.

Lynn, @LFlannigan, has worked as a physiotherapist for over 22 years. She specialised in rehabilitation and older people. Lynn has worked in various care settings including, acute hospitals, community hospitals, day hospitals and care homes. She is currently studying for her MSc in Dementia Studies. She is a member of the Alzheimer Scotland National AHP Dementia Expert Group. She is currently on secondment to the Scottish Government as Deputy Project Lead for the National Up and About: The Management of Falls and Fracture in Care Homes for Older People Improvement Project.
 Lynns blog on Dementia

Elaine, @elaineahpmh has always worked in the field of mental health and has been responsible for the clinical, strategic and managerial leadership of allied health professionals in a health board in Scotland. Elaine recently worked in Scottish Government successfully developing an important strategic policy for mental health allied health professionals. (Realising Potential 2010). Elaine has a new strategic leadership role in partnership with Scottish Government where she is the AHP Consultant in Alzheimer Scotland, @Alzscot, the leading voluntary organisation in Scotland helping people with dementia and their carers and families. Elaine has been tweeting since 2012 and has also established her own blog which she calls “Making the invisible visible”

Enough about us, lets talk about the role of physiotherapy and dementia #PhysioDementia

Dementia-main-news

Dementia: Every Physiotherapists Business
• There are currently 800,000 people with dementia in the UK
• There will be over a million people with dementia by 2021
• There are 670,000 carers of people with dementia in the UK (Alzheimer’s Society 2013)
• A quarter of acute hospital beds at any one time are in use by people with dementia (Royal College of Psychiatrists 2013)
There are around 50,000 HCPC registered physiotherapists working in the UK in lots of different care settings. Even if you do not consider yourself a dementia “specialist” given the current and future demographics there is the strong likelihood that you will be asked to support someone with dementia or their carer. It could be that the person with dementia is themselves a carer.

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Question 1: How do we support our physiotherapy colleagues to understand that dementia is “their business”?
Dementia : Educating our physiotherapy workforce?
The policy documents listed below in our pre-reading such as The Standards of Care for Dementia in Scotland (2010) and Scotland’s Dementia Strategy’s (2010, 2013) emphasise the rights of people with dementia and their carers to receive the same care and treatment as everyone else and have the right to the highest attainable standards of physical and mental health. They also emphasise the need for the staff that support people with dementia to have the right set of skills and knowledge to support them throughout the dementia journey. In Scotland we have the Promoting Excellence Framework (2010) to support our education of the workforce. This framework details the knowledge and skills that will inform new ways of working for all health and social services staff to ensure we enable people with dementia, and their families and carers, to maximise their rights, choices and health and wellbeing at all stages of their unique dementia journey.

Question 2: How do we support our physiotherapy colleagues to enhance their education and practice in the area of dementia care?

Dementia : Educating our new graduates

The Charted Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) have also passed 2 motions at the recent Annual Representative Conference 2014 (#ARC2014) which we were both delighted to seeing being supported. Motion 7 supported the pre-registration education in dementia and Motion 9 supported third sector practice placements provision. Both could and should help in the development of a workforce of physiotherapists who have knowledge and skills in dementia care.

Question 3: What do you see as the opportunities for our graduates being informed about dementia and experience third sector placements?
Dementia : What are the key contributions of physiotherapy?
In Scotland we have a great opportunity to share the role of physiotherapists now and in the future. We are both involved in writing a policy document that will outline the contribution of physiotherapists (and other allied health professionals) to support people with dementia and their carers. If you are interested to see the detail have a look at Commitment 4 of Scotland’s National Dementia Strategy 2013-16 or follow #AHPDementia and #commitment4.

Question 4 : As a profession how can we ensure that we are seen as having a crucial role supporting people with dementia and their carers throughout the dementia journey?

In summary our questions to consider:
Question 1: How do we support our physiotherapy colleagues to understand that dementia is “their business”?
Question 2: How do we support our physiotherapy colleagues to enhance their education and practice in the area of dementia care?

Question 3: What do you see as the opportunities for our graduates being informed about dementia and having experience of third sector placements?
Question 4 : As a profession how can we ensure that we are seen as having a crucial role supporting people with dementia and their carers throughout the dementia journey?
We hope these four questions will get us started however you may also have other questions you would like considered. We have already asked you and so far you would like to talk about “communication and the need for reflective listening” when working with people with dementia.

What else is important to you to discuss on the 17th March at #physiotalk meets #PhysioDementia. We look forward to our on-line chat.

Pre-chat blogs, tweets & DVD’s (only some and there are many many more)
When you are in the world of tweets, blogs and DVD clips, you can connect with carers and people with dementia, have a look at some of these blogs and tweets before we chat on the 17th to stimulate your thinking. There will be more but this is a good place to start and you can add to your own list.
@bethyb1886 http://d4dementia.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/going-places.html?spref=tw
@S_D_W_G http://www.sdwg.org.uk/videoshttpyoutu-ben4tnqucowcm/united-we-stand/
@NormanMcNamara
@a_carers_voice
@DementiaCarerVo
http://freedemliving.com/

Post Chat information

Well – what a great chat! Many thanks to Lynn and Elaine for hosting the chat and to all the participants for some really thoughtful tweets.

Including the ‘post 24 hour’ mop up period for those who missed the chat we had:

588,607 Impressions
589 Tweets
111 Participants

The transcript is now available for you to browse, but some of the resources mentioned during the chat have also been added to the resource list at the bottom of the page as links.

All #PhysioTalk Participants

Resources:
Scottish Government (2010), Scotland’s National Dementia Strategy, Scottish Government, Edinburgh. http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/324377/0104420.pdf

Scottish Government (2011), The Standards of Care for Dementia in Scotland, Scottish Government, Edinburgh. http:// http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/350188/0117212.pdf

Scottish Government (2013), Scotland’s National Dementia Strategy 2013-2016, Scottish Government, Edinburgh. http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/0042/00423472.pdf

Scottish Government (2011), Promoting Excellence: A Framework for all Health and Social Services Staff Working with People with Dementia, Their Families and Carers, Scottish Government, Edinburgh. http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/350174/0117211.pdf

National AHP Community of Practice, The Knowledge Network: Dementia MKNhttp://www.knowledge.scot.nhs.uk/dementia/communities-of-practice/national-ahps-best-practice-in-dementia-network.aspx

CSP (2011), Physiotherapy Works: Dementia Care, London http://www.csp.org.uk/professional…/physiotherapy-works/dementia

Curriculum for dementia education

Dementia Services Development Centre, Stirling

Butterfly scheme

Living well with Dementia book

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