SCIE press release

Dementia G8 Summit: research into care and support as important as medical research

11 December 2013

SCIE Dementia Gateway relaunched and new partnership between SCIE and Salford Institute for Dementia announced

On the day of the G8 Dementia Summit, the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) is calling on G8 members to focus on research into supporting people with dementia, as well research into the causes of dementia.

SCIE’s Chair, Lord Michael Bichard, says:

“G8 members must remember the essential role of social care and support for people with dementia, their family and friends. Research and guidance in this area is as crucial as medical research into the causes of dementia.

“That is why today SCIE is relaunching our updated Dementia Gateway, and announcing our partnership with the new Salford Institute for Dementia.

“SCIE’s Dementia Gateway is a unique resource. It brings together the research about what works, interprets that knowledge into practice advice, and presents guidance in accessible ways including short films, elearning materials and key messages. It is essential reading for everyone who wants to understand dementia, including care and health staff, and the general public.

Speaking about SCIE’s partnership with the new Salford Institute for Dementia, Lord Bichard said:

“SCIE is delighted to be working with the new Salford Institute for Dementia. We will share the knowledge and resources developed by the new institute through our Dementia Gateway.”

SCIE spoke to carers of people with dementia. They say they value the films about “Getting to know the person with dementia film”. Nikola, a carer who’s supported by Innovations in Dementia says:

“I’ve just watched the film and thought it was wonderful and very factual. I’ve shared on Facebook because I want as many people as possible to see it.”

SCIE’s Dementia Gateway is an online advice, information and training tool.  Originally launched in 2009, the Gateway has been redeveloped and relaunched to coincide with the G8 Summit.

It has been produced in partnership with people with dementia, carers, care providers, trainers and academics. Carers have been involved in reviewing the whole site and in the development of a new section Working in partnership with carers.

The Gateway focuses on the topics that people with dementia and their carers have told us are important. The redeveloped edition covers over 70 topics, grouped under three main headings:

A review of similar services in the UK and abroad suggests that the Gateway is unique in combining:

One of the films in the Dementia Gateway- Getting to know the person with dementia – the importance of diagnosis  - recently won an award at the Older People in the Media Awards.

The redeveloped Gateway has been widely welcomed by the sector.

Sharon Blackburn, Co-chair, Dementia Action Alliance and Policy & Communications Director, National Care Forum welcomed the relaunch of the Gateway:

“SCIE’s Dementia Gateway is written by people and is for people with dementia and their carers. It serves as an excellent learning resource for staff across all settings. The site is accessible and easy to navigate and provides an authoritative information point for all concerned.”

Notes to editors

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) improves the lives of people who use care services by sharing knowledge about what works. We are an independent charity and national improvement agency working with adults, families and children's social care and social work services across the UK. We also work closely with related services such as health care and housing.

About SCIE’s Dementia Gateway

The Social Care Institute for Excellence’s Dementia Gateway is an online advice, information and training tool for anyone who wants to understand dementia. This includes the health and social care workforce, as well as family, friends and people who have or may be concerned about dementia.

Originally launched in 2009, the Gateway has been redeveloped to ensure it is relevant, up to date and accessible to a wide audience. It is particularly beneficial to people who are not dementia care specialists. The Dementia Gateway has been coproduced with people with dementia, their families, care and health workers and managers. People with dementia have reviewed the topics covered, appeared in new films, contributed quotes to illustrate each section, and co-produced a new section. Carers have also been involved in reviewing the whole site and in the development of a new section ‘Working in partnership with carers’.

All of the content has been written and quality assured by dementia care experts and is presented in an accessible way using different formats. Each topic will include:

About the Salford Institute for Dementia

The Salford Institute for Dementia has been established as an international centre of excellence in research, education and innovation, with an overarching focus on ‘dementia friendly communities’. Its focus is making a positive difference to the lives of people living with dementia, maximising their quality of life through the design of, and support in, shared and personal environments. The Institute will become an international leader in driving transformational change in the design of dementia friendly environments and support through the arts, built environment, design and philosophies of care and support to enhance the quality of lives of individuals and communities.

Rt Hon Hazel Blears MP, MP for Salford and Eccles and Vice Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia is Chair of the Institute’s External Advisory Board.

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