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Caring for people with dementia who are living away from home; collaborative working between NHS mental health services & social care. Older People’s Training Education & Development Team (OPTED). with. Adult social services. Evaluated pathway of learning in dementia care practice

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Adult social services

Caring for people with dementia who are living away from home;collaborative working between NHS mental health services & social care.Older People’s Training Education & Development Team (OPTED)


Adult social services

Working together to learn from each other

Evaluated pathway of learning in dementia care practice

Dementia Care Mapping as the cornerstone

Service changes

Commitment to collaborative working

Development of OPTED team roles

Increase in dementia care provision

Commitment to invest in person centred dementia care staff development

Recognition that CSCI have adopted the SOFI tool within care home inspections

Working together tolearn from each other

Adult social services

Adult social services

Whole care team





‘Understanding more about the experience of dementia’ workshop




more about the complex picture of dementia’ workshop

Dementia Care Mapping Forums

Caring for People with Dementia who are Living away from Home Framework of Learning



Expert (advanced level) mapper available to support and advise

‘Helping people to connect’ workshop



Learning To Use Dementia Care Mapping course

‘Understanding complex care needs’ workshop

Dementia care mapping
Dementia Care Mapping

An observational tool described by Kitwood (1997) as

“a serious attempt to take the standpoint of the person with dementia, using a combination of empathy and observational skill .”

(Dementia Reconsidered:the person comes first)

  • Focuses on an individual person’s experience

  • Guides and supports care away from being task centred and towards person centred

  • Identifies and supports staff training & development needs

Workshop evaluations
Workshop Evaluations

I’ve learnt that we should worry most about the quiet ones……

…..I really feel I’ve learnt more about respecting people……

I think I might have better relationships with my residents now…..

…..I’m now conscious that I haven't really been listening to people I care for…..

The next year
The next year

  • Workshops for other residential care homes

  • DCM Briefing & Feedback workshop

  • Using DCM in Practice Development

  • Learning to Use DCM course

  • Shining the Spotlight on one care team

  • Shining Stars programme

Opted team

Mary Aldridge, Lecturer Practitioner

Judith Farmer, Education Facilitator

Lisa Breame, Community Mental Health Nurse

(seconded into the team) + valued colleagues