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DCS Team represents NELFT at the Dementias 2017 conference

The Dementia Crisis Support Team presented a poster at the Dementias 2017 conference at the Royal College of General Practitioners in Euston recently.

The DCST is based at Brentwood Community Hospital and provides support for people with dementia, and their carers, to manage a period of crisis and avoid admission to hospital where possible. The team won the prestigious HSJ Award for Specialist Services Redesign in November 2016.

The Dementias 2017 conference was the 19th edition and focused on recent developments in research, clinical care and service and policy issues in the dementias and is a major annual event in the field of dementia care. This year the event was chaired by Professor Tom Arie CBE and Professor Alistair Burns CBE, National Clinical Director for Dementia and Older Peoples’ Mental Health, NHS England.

Dr Qazi attended the conference and presented the poster with Dr Ilona Kiss, SAS Grade doctor, and Judith Beven, senior nurse practitioner from the DCST. The poster generated a lot of interest in the Crisis Care model of dementia. Dr Qazi was very pleased to explain to Professor Alistair Burns how the team works in a multidisciplinary manner to provide high-quality care to people with dementia, and achieves great outcomes in terms of improving quality of care and delivering care closer to people’s homes.

Judith Beven commented on how presenting work at a national platform raises the morale of the team and keeps team members motivated to work harder and strive to achieve the best. She was very pleased with having the opportunity to attend the conference and stand alongside the poster to showcase the good work that the DCST and NELFT are doing in keeping people at home and out of hospitals.

Professor Alistair Burns said: “I continue to be really impressed and enthusiastic about Dr Afifa Qazi and her colleagues approach to the care of older people with mental health problems in particular dementia, the innovative service based on the best principles of person centred care should be an example to everyone.”

For more information on the Dementia Crisis Support Team, visit their page on the NELFT website at: www.nelft.nhs.uk/services-bsbwtk-dementia-intensive-crisis-support

Pictured (L-R) are Professor Alistair Burns, Dr Afifa Qazi and Dr Ilona Kiss.