West Cluster IAGAPS Weekend Care Home Streaming Service

The Eating and Drinking Well with Dementia Toolkit

Based on their research, Professor Jane Murphy, Dr Joanne Holmes and the team at the Ageing and Dementia Research Centre at Bournemouth University have developed a toolkit to provide freely available resources (a film, workbook, leaflet and guides) to deliver person-centered nutritional care for people living with dementia.

The toolkit has been used all over the UK and overseas, as far afield as Australia and is the winner of the 2019 CN Award for Nutrition Resource of the Year.

The workbook and film aims to develop knowledge and skills around nutrition and hydration to provide best quality care that also offers an excellent CPD opportunity, completed flexibly. To date over 1200 known recipients of the workbook (including nurses and allied health professionals, hospital and care home staff) have reported benefits and inspired action to reconfigure the way in which nutritional care is delivered.

Testimonial care home manager: ‘We have revolutionised our meal times and this has proven to be of great success. In the few short weeks we have observed and recorded an increase in weight with the majority of our residents and a more sociable and interactive feel that surrounds our mealtimes.”

Testimonial commissioner of care services: ‘We used the workbook as a superb resource to input in our action plan to improve nutrition care in our borough across health and social care providers for people living at home and in a residential home.’


DSP toolkit sessions

Palliative Care Courses

Care Home learning re contractures from Dorset Healthcare University NHS Trust

We have recently had some patients develop pressure ulcers behind their contracted limbs. We are working with our staff to develop a care pathway but I have been sent some info that would be useful for the care homes and I was hoping you may be able to raise this as a concern and disseminate the information.
These have been developed by the county council and passed on to some of our DN teams. We are distributing to our DN and community teams but I think this needs to go via the care homes and am hoping you can help.

Caroline Foot

Job Title: Patient Safety Advisor

7 minute learning

Contractures and their Implications

BREXIT and Medicines management

It is very important that NO ADDITIONAL PRESCRIPTION/ORDERS of medicines are made and that patients and their carers continue to follow what NHS England have said “It is important that patients only order their repeat prescriptions as normal, and keep taking their medicines as normal.”

All contingency plans in care homes, pharmacies and GP practices in terms of continuity of medicines supply should refer to this guidance from NHS England.


Colleagues, clients, friends & families you know may need assistance to get the immigration status needed to continue to live, work or study in the UK, and be eligible for public services and public funds.

The Home Office is working with local organisations to make sure the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) is accessible to all and capable of handling vulnerable applicants with flexibility and sensitivity.

A small team of engagement and case officers, based within Citizens Advice BCP, Citizens Advice in Dorset and Dorset Race Equality Council are here to help, inform and more importantly provide support to anyone who is finding any aspect of the application challenging.

If you know of any European nationals within your networks and communities who may need advice and help in their application, do not hesitate to raise awareness of the scheme and of the free help available.

Citizens Advice are happy to hold drop in sessions locally, or to come and give a presentation on the scheme to yourself or your colleagues.

Alternatively, anyone can refer themselves in to our service using the below details:

For FREE help or advice with an EUSS application, please contact Citizens Advice BCP.

Text or Telephone Maggie: 07761 092704 / General Advice line: 03444 111 444

Email: euss.advice@citizensadvicebcp.org.uk

For further information, please visit Citizens Advice.

Guidance can be found at gov.uk

Mental Capacity Act for IVP Training Courses

We still have places available on the following Mental Capacity Act for IVP training courses:

Dates and Venues

9th January 2020 – The Hamworthy Club, Merley Room

13th February 2020 – Princes House, Liscombe Room

10th March 2020 – Purbeck Room Room 1 & 2

To nominate yourself and/or your staff members onto any of these courses, please complete an application form.

Any problems, please let us know.

L&OD Team
Adult Services Dorset Council
01305 225060
Dorset Council

Dorset CCG Quality Assurance Team

Manager – Jo Thompson
Nurses – Liz Wilson and Lyn McMahon
Contact number – 01305 213644