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Improving End of Life Care for People with Dementia during Covid-19

This Conference is now Closed

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This timely conference focuses on the important issue of improving end of life care for people with dementia. People with advanced dementia have been disproportionately impacted by Covid-19, it is imperative that we ensure people are supported and cared for effectively at the end of life during this challenging time. The conference will demonstrate, through national updates and practical case studies how you can improve end of life care for people with dementia in your service.

“The burden of morbidity and mortality in COVID-19 falls disproportionately on older people and those with comorbid medical conditions1We described a death rate for people with dementia three times what would normally be expected for the 5-year average for April 2020, together with an increase in prescription of antipsychotic medication. We now extend this observation over the subsequent course of the pandemic to highlight that a large proportion of increased COVID-19 mortality has involved people with dementia, which continues to be the commonest cause of death in England and Wales…People with dementia will remain vulnerable to the direct effects of COVID-19 and its indirect effects on health due to disruption of care services leading to greater isolation.”

Prof Alastair Burns CBE, National Clinical Director for Dementia and Older People’s Mental Health NHS England and NHS Improvement, NHS England May 2021

“Ensuring that a person with dementia’s needs, rights and wishes for care are respected has always been challenging for families; overwhelming bureaucracy, a lack of understanding of dementia from key professionals and difficult decisions for families around end of life care prevail. The coronavirus has of course now compounded these issues, particularly given the high number of excess deaths we are seeing in dementia.”

Dr. Karen Harrison Dening, Head of Research and Publications at Dementia UK

This conference will enable you to:

  • Network with colleagues who are working to improve end of life care for people with dementia
  • Learn from the lived experience of a person with dementia during Covid-19 and a carer of someone with dementia during Covid-19
  • Understand how to support people with dementia and improving end of life care through Covid-19
  • Learn from outstanding practice in delivering a palliative care approach to people with dementia at the end of life
  • Reflect on national developments and learning including the NICE Quality Standard for Dementia and the decision-making guide for dementia carers
  • Improve the way you deliver advanced care planning during Covid-19 including supporting family carers of people living with dementia to make difficult decisions
  • Develop your skills in effective symptom control including the management of behavior that challenges
  • Implement Namaste: A support programme designed to improve the quality of life for people living with advanced dementia and their families
  • Ensure best practice in prescribing to avoid cognitive side effects and delirium at the end of life
  • Learn from case studies of best practice in hospitals, care homes and the community
  • Identify key strategies for predicting and recognising last days of life and managing uncertainty
  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice
  • Supports CPD professional development and acts as revalidation evidence. This course provides 5hrs training for CPD subject to peer group approval for revalidation purposes

Chair & Speakers include:

Ian Donaghy

Keynote Speaker, Conference Host, Trainer, Author of Dear Dementia, The Missing Peace & A Pocketful of Kindness

Karen Harrison-Dening

Head of Research & Evaluation
Dementia UK

Dr Louise Hogh

Clinical Director Elderly Care
Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Prasanna De Silva

Consultant Psychiatrist & Senior Lecturer
Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Trust

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