Dementia United GM webinar series – mild cognitive impairment course
This fully virtual course comprises 7 modules and a quality improvement project in your own locality.
Who is this course for?
Initially developed for Greater Manchester, this course is relevant and useful to anyone involved in the provision or development of services for those with mild memory impairment, and applicable at a national level.
This might include GPs, commissioners, community psychiatric team nurses or managers, later life consultant psychiatrists and trainees, geriatricians and trainees, and those involved in third sector organisations.
Those working in the Greater Manchester area will have a mandatory quality improvement project as a core element to the course.
Those working elsewhere in the UK who begin the course before June will be offered the opportunity to complete a quality improvement project as part of the course, and are encouraged to do so. Dementia Academy will facilitate peer collaboration, and provide mentorship and support as required.
If you are applying for the course between June and September, you will have access to the educational content which will equip you to carry out a local improvement project if you wish.
The course is fully funded.
What is this course for?
The aim of the webinar series is to equip people with the knowledge and motivation to carry out a service improvement project. Therefore, the focus will be on service quality improvement.
For Greater Manchester delegates, a quality improvement project is mandatory. Participants will have access to module 1 before agreeing to carrying out a QI project in their service. They will then have access to the rest of the modules. They will be required to submit a project proposal by 26th March and will be invited to present and discuss their project plan at a live meeting in April 2021.
For all other delegates, the quality improvement project is encouraged but not mandatory. The full 8 modules of educational content can be accessed without commitment to a local project. Those who decide to take on a project, with mentorship, support and the offer of peer facilitation, will need to submit a proposal by 26th March and attend a live meeting in April as outlined in the 'timescales'.
There are currently no NICE guidelines for mild cognitive impairment (MCI). As a result, opinion is very divided on how and if it should be diagnosed and what the after care should be if someone does receive a diagnosis. This uncertainty leads to inequality of care across Greater Manchester.
People with MCI and those close to them will be concerned that they may develop dementia and currently in many areas there is a lack of a structured approach to support and help them plan ahead and self-manage the symptoms of their MCI. It is hoped through MCI consensus training that professionals will feel more empowered about how to advise their patients with MCI; who in turn will feel more reassured in proactive measures they can take to possibly prevent dementia and plan ahead should they go on to develop dementia.
- 7 on-demand course modules including background reading: available February - September 2021
- Video project proposal submission deadline: 26 March 2021
- Live project proposal discussion and peer facilitation session: April 2021
- Project poster presentation submissions deadline: 1st August 2021
- Live project presentation session: August 2021
This activity has been supported by sponsorship from Dementia United. The sponsor has had no control over the educational content of this activity.
SpeakersDr Ross Dunne
Clinical Director, Greater Manchester Dementia Research Centre Dr Sarah Fox
Communication and involvement practitioner, Global Brain Health Institute Gaynah Butler
Quality Improvement Manager Prof. Alistair Burns
Professor of Old Age Psychiatry, Vice Dean for the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences, University of Manchester Dr Richard Perry
Consultant Neurologist, Charing Cross Hospital Prof Sube Banerjee
Old age psychiatrist, Brighton and Sussex Medical School Laura Cook
Physiotherapist, London Nightingale Hospital Prof. John O’Brien
Old Age Psychiatrist, University of Cambridge Dr Dennis Chan
Consultant neurologist, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust Prof. Philip Scheltens
Professor of Cognitive Neurology and Director, Alzheimer Center at Amsterdam University Medical Centers Prof. Craig Ritchie
Professor of the Psychiatry of Ageing, University of Edinburgh
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