Dementia friendly training is part of our pledge to you
Staff at Radcliffe’s newest GP practice got an insight into what it’s like to live with dementia and learned how they could better support patients with the condition. The special training session was all part of Dementia Awareness Week and saw members of Rock@Radcliffe train to become Dementia Friends.
The evening was all part of our pledge to offer innovative, forward-thinking care to our patients, which must start with ensuring our staff have the skills to understand conditions affecting our community.
Laura Roberts, chair of Bury Dementia Action Alliance, led the session, offering us an insight into what those living with dementia have to contend with. Alongside this, there was practical advice on how we can effectively help a dementia sufferer when they come into the surgery, ensuring we can be more sensitive to their needs.
This can have a huge impact on helping to reduce the stigma around dementia and encourages people who have the condition to ‘live well’ rather than feeling isolated and alone.
When we opened Rock@Radcliffe in April, we wanted to create a service that was continually looking for new ways to meet patients’ needs. As part of this, we hope giving staff a greater awareness of what dementia is and what it means for that person can lead to a more effective and responsive GP service. Becoming a dementia friendly practice, we believe, is a key step to helping us achieve a healthier community here in Radcliffe.