New Common Core Principles for supporting people with dementia have been launched to develop a workforce that will respond confidently to the person with dementia and support the life they want to lead.
The new framework has been designed by Skills for Care, Skills for Health and the Department of Health to be adapted and used flexibly according to the specific needs of any organisation’s workforce.
The principles provide the basis of training and development for individual workers, teams and for wider corporate training programmes. They have been mapped to generic National Occupational Standards and agreed units of learning available through the Qualifications and Credit Framework.
“With projections of up to 1.7 million people with dementia by 2051, then it is critical we develop a confident adult social care workforce who have the capability and skills to offer high quality support to those people and their families,” says Skills for Care CEO Sharon Allen.
“The partnership approach to developing these easy to use principles was a clear recognition of the need to integrate frontline support services for people with dementia.”
The framework will help health and social care workers develop joint ways of working with people with dementia in their communities.
“‘In a 21st century health service it is crucial that we work towards ensuring that every setting delivering care becomes dementia friendly,” says Skills for Health CEO John Rogers.
“For this to become a reality all staff need to be equipped with the skills to recognise the signs of dementia, make appropriate adjustments to their work and the environment and refer on to specialist services when required. It is our hope that the Common Core Principles will go some way to helping us achieve that aim.”
A link to the principles can be found here at http://www.skillsforcare.org.uk/developing_skills/dementia/supporting_people_with_dementia.aspx and a link to the Skills for Health dementia page can be found here http://www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/service-area/dementia.