New Dementia NHS Health Check training resources
PHE together with Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK have developed a range of training resources (from slide decks that can be used by trainers to short instructive films) to support staff delivering the dementia component of the NHS Health Check. Two key outcomes of this work are to increase staff confidence and knowledge on dementia, and to ensure that the materials can integrate into existing training packages. Given that commissioning, training and delivery of the NHS Health Check is locally determined, this project aims to offer a flexible approach by developing resources that can be used within broader Health Check training sessions. Materials can freely be added to and edited by trainers to meet their local training needs. Resources will also be available to support practitioners seeking to independently improve their knowledge and skills.
The training resources cover all three mandated components of dementia;
- General awareness of the signs and symptoms of dementia
- Risk reduction, raising awareness that ‘what is good for your heart is good for your brain’.
- Signposting to places to find out more information about dementia.
The training resources particularly focus on the potential to use risk reduction messaging to introduce dementia as part of the NHS Health Check as the messages complement existing cardiovascular risk messaging. The resources also introduce practitioners to the specific NHS Health Check dementia leaflet, which can be used as part of the NHS Health Check appointment.
The new material will be available online at the NHS Health Check webpage from 9 February, to coincide with the NHS Health Check conference.