As part of our work to deliver the requirements of the Prime Ministers Challenge on Dementia 2020, HEE commissioned a training resource for health and social care providers that focuses on the specific needs of the African Caribbean community. I am very pleased to let you know that ‘Finding Patience’
produced with the support of experts across the system, is now available on the HEE website http://www.hee.nhs.uk/our-work/person-centred-care/dementia/dementia-african-caribbean-community and on ‘You Tube’ Finding Patience
(video is also available below for you to watch).
This ‘awareness raising’ film is designed to help health and social care staff recognise the importance of the cultural heritage of individuals living with dementia and that such understanding enables high quality, safe, person centred care. It encourages health and care professions to start talking about cultural sensitivities and those challenges that may be rooted in cultural heritage and which may result in a reluctance to seek help. It encourages staff to break down barriers in order to reach people who may otherwise go undiagnosed or struggle in isolation to provide care within family units.
Following significant input from experts within the African Caribbean community, I am also pleased that this is considered a helpful resource for this community to help raise awareness, reduce some of the stigma surrounding dementia and also encourage those who may have concerns about either themselves or a family member to seek early support. Low awareness of dementia and low numbers of people accessing dementia services are recognised issues in this community.
Further details are included on the website, but if you have any immediate queries, please do not hesitate to contact members of the Project Team Jan Zietara firstname.lastname@example.org or Dominique (Dominique.email@example.com who will be pleased to help.