Throughout the year we hold health and information Member events which were free to attend for all members. They’re becoming increasingly popular, and provide a great opportunity to meet other members, learn about the topics and ask questions.
We vary the topics and welcome any suggestions you may have for future events – let us know by contacting the Membership office.
Future events will be advertised in the Membership Matters newsletter, via this Members' portal and via email.
Our last event
Our last Member Event took place on December 9th from 6.30pm at The University of Worcester Arena. It was be led by members of our Children's Speech and Language Team who discussed the We Need to Talk campaign, via Get Worcestershire Talking.
We Need to Talk (Speech and Language) Presentation
The healthy Minds Member Event took place on September 30th from 6.30pm at Redditch Town Hall. It was be led by members of our Worcestershire Healthy Minds service which supports people, aged 16 and over, who experience common issues such as stress, anxiety, worry, low-confidence and low mood.
The team discussed the support available locally, how it can be accessed and provide tools and tips for how you can keep a healthy mind.
Healthy Minds Presentation
On Wednesday, May 20th over 90 people, both social and health professionals as well as members of the general public attended the event at the Charles Hastings Education Centre in Worcester, which saw staff from Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust’s Admiral Nurses team deliver a presentation on the support they provide to the families of people living with dementia.
Admiral Nurses are specialist dementia nurses who work with families and professionals from other agencies. They provide information, advice and emotional support to families affected by dementia, including psychological support to help family carers understand and deal with their thoughts, feelings and behaviour and to adapt to the changing situation. They also have a supportive educational and consultancy role to professionals, voluntary sector and communities supporting people with dementia.
The event discussed a range of issues related to caring for someone with dementia, such as helping families affected by dementia balance their needs with those of the person they are supporting or supporting them to make decisions about end-of-life care.
Guest speakers also shared the challenges of caring with a loved one who has dementia, for example dealing with feelings of hopelessness and guilt for thinking about themselves, and highlighted how vital the support they have received from the Admiral Nursing team was in helping them cope.
While it is estimated that there are currently over 8,600 living with dementia in Worcestershire, the number is expected to rise to 10,443 by 2020. The Admiral nursing team, who delivers Dementia awareness sessions to other colleagues and service providers, stressed the need for social and health professionals to work together to deliver a person centred care.
The team also discussed its plans for the future. New ways of working will include a single point of access and embracing new technologies such as Skype, which will result in a more responsive service.
Click here to view the presentation.