The Forgotten Conversations Project is a partnership between Bolton Hospice, Dementia UK and Making Space. The evidence-based course uses current research and the Enriched Model of Dementia Care to follow the experience of ‘Joe’ from his diagnosis of dementia to the end of his life.
The course explores the physiology of dementia, what is meant by person centred care, communication skills, advance care planning, understanding adaptive behaviour, symptom management and dying well with dementia.
Throughout the training course participants are encouraged to use their current level of knowledge and experience to inform discussions and reflections and at every stage consider key learning points for future practice. The training will also include volunteer carers who will share their knowledge and experience.
A carer for a person with dementia said: “It is really important to my family that we all understand what will happen to my husband and that professionals are able to ask the problematic questions of us in a sensitive way, so that things get done right.”
The three charity partners are also currently developing a ‘train the trainer’ programme, which they hope to deliver in 2014, and expressed their pride at being part of this collaborative project.
Booking information can be found at www.boltonhospice.org.uk/training and further information is available from contacting Kath Williams, Admiral nurse at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07772916182, or Sian Russell, hospice educator, at email@example.com or 01204 663066.