Trust to host dementia care seminar

A Yorkshire-based health trust has been chosen to host the north region National Association of Care Caterer’s (NACC) seminar to look at innovations in dementia care and mealtimes to improve the quality of life for people living with dementia.

The Grounded Research Team at Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) is set to welcome experts and leading speakers from across the dementia care arena on June 20 at St Catherine’s House, Woodfield Park in Doncaster.

The event will focus on pioneering new ways of supporting and keeping people who have dementia hydrated and nourished in light of the challenges the condition brings with swallowing, forgetting or not wanting to drink.

Dr Nav Ahluwalia, RDaSH’s Executive Medical Director, who leads the Trust’s Grounded Research Team, said: “Hosting this event will give us the opportunity to share the work that we are doing in our Community Research Hub and Centre for Nutrition and Behaviour to improve treatments and care for our patients.

“Mealtimes are an important part of dementia care to support a person’s wellbeing and quality of life. The aim of this seminar is to bring together leading people to share best practice and new ideas to improve future care for people with dementia.”

Speakers include bestselling author Wendy Mitchell, Eileen Harrington from local Doncaster charity DonMentia, Nick Hooton of Jelly Drops, Ian Donaghy and representatives from the University of Hull and University of Bradford.

If anyone is interested in taking part in research please contact the RDaSH Grounded Research Team on 01302 798456 or email rdash.groundedresearch@nhs.net