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ECHAlliance Member "Connected Health" celebrate NI Dementia Champions Graduation

06 February 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Heather Smith
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On 1st February 2017 Connected Health (a N.Ireland based company) were delighted to welcome some 49 successful Dementia Champions Graduates from across the statutory and independent sector health and social care community in Northern Ireland. The first round of graduations reflects the culmination of a five day one to one hands on bespoke learning initiative as well as an ongoing virtual learning programme delivered via a specialist Dementia training team from within the North West Regional College,Derry ,N.Ireland. The partnership between Connected Health and the College reflects one of the most ambitious and practical focused delivery collaborations within the field of Dementia across the UK and Ireland.

The overall pilot programme will engage 300 participants in total with each participant responsible for developing and implementing a Dementia Change project directly benefiting dementia sufferers in multiple environments across the health and social care system. Dementia costs the UK around £26.3bn per year with over 850,000 people (expected to rise to over 1 million by 2025) currently living with the condition and requiring a 670,000 carer workforce to support those suffering with the condition. 

The Event also include the presentation of 5 Trust Champion Awards as well as a ‘Champion of Champion Award reflecting those individuals who excelled across their participation on the Course.

Watch the following short video on one of the Trust Champions Natasha:


Commenting on the success of the programme to date Ryan Williams Director with Connected Health and Lead Co-ordinator for the project commented:

“The graduates today are dedicated and focused professionals who simply want to effect real change to the lives of people who are affected by Dementia. The focus of the programme has been to provide knowledge, expertise and support which can be applied in a practical context to deliver maximum positive impact for dementia sufferers, family and the multiplicity of stakeholders involved in the management and treatment of this increasing health and social care challenge”.

Dougie Adams, CEO of Connected Health commented on the programme.

“The Dementia Champions Programme has been a cornerstone of a wider regional strategy Improving Dementia Services in Northern Ireland which was launched in November 2011 and supported by Atlantic Philanthropies, the NIO and the Department for Health. The challenge of Dementia is a key priority for the Department and Connected Health will play our part to ensure that the legacy of the programme is felt across the health and social care system in the years to come”.

Our technology supported human care network delivers over 12,000 home care visits every week, so we see at first hand the positive impact programmes such as this can have.