National Museums Liverpool pioneers dementia training


National Museums Liverpool has become the first organisation to pilot a Tier 2 dementia training programme to health and social care professionals across the north west of England.

Commissioned by Health Education England, the House of Memories project successfully worked with health and social care partners in the region and developed effective resources for delivering and cascading Tier 2 dementia skills as outlined in the Dementia Core Skills Education and Training Framework.

Macaila Finch, programme manager – Education Commissioning, Health Education England, working across the North West, said: “I was introduced to the work of National Museums Liverpool in 2012 and was struck by how emotive and empathetic their approach was, placing the person living with dementia at the heart of their training, and acknowledging that an individual’s personal history and memory is of huge value and significance.

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“It might be considered an unusual step to bring in a museum service to provide training on a health matter to those already working in medical-orientated backgrounds. However, the success of this pilot has demonstrated that the House of Memories training is universal and has been extremely effective in allowing those attending the programme to look at dementia from a different angle, and adapt their approach to supporting people living with dementia going forwards.”

The House of Memories team developed and piloted the programme between November 2015 and April 2016 in partnership with Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, and PSS (Person Shaped Support), Liverpool.

After attending the training, 97% of participants indicated they understood the principles of person-centred care and 100% of participants reported they understood what living well with dementia is, and the importance of value of promoting independence.

Carol Rogers, executive director for Education and Visitors at National Museums Liverpool, said: “The new House of Memories Tier 2 training programme is the next exciting step in our journey. We are most grateful to our partners who offered valuable guidance and support. Our aim is to cascade the House of Memories Tier 2 across the UK to ensure that National Museums Liverpool continues to deliver innovative and museum-led training and resources for health and social care professionals.”



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