Organisation case studies

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust case study for Dementia Friends

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust began providing Dementia Friends Information Sessions to staff in April 2014. Awareness was raised by showing the Dementia Friends videos via iPads at staff meetings, shift hand overs and study days. There was also the option of 45 minute sessions which were delivered by the Trust Dementia leads in the education center. The week was a great success having exceeded the target with 1268 staff becoming Dementia Friends.
Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust case study for Dementia Friends

The week initiated many discussions among staff with personal experiences shared and numerous staff expressed an interest in becoming Dementia Friends Champions.​

Specsaver Dementia Friends Case study

Specsavers introduced Dementia Friends in May 2016 to their UK & Ireland businesses covering support offices, optical and hearcare stores, and their home visiting optical service, Specsavers Healthcall. They chose to offer Dementia Friends as an online resource, complementing their range of online learning materials. The videos were hosted inside an eLearning module where participants watch one compulsory video, and then at least one other from a choice of four real life scenarios. The initial response was fantastic, with over 1200 new Dementia Friends created in the first few weeks; in addition to the hundreds who are already Dementia Friends.

Specsaver Dementia Friends Case Study

North East Ambulance Service case study

Mark Johns from North East Ambulance Service(NEAS) writes ‘ North East Ambulance Service has signed up to the Dementia Friends initiative in May 2015 as part of our work around Dementia Awareness Week. The profile of our service users indicates that older people (60+) use our services more than other groups and as dementia can impact on older people more we felt it was important that staff have a good understanding of this issues and how we can support people with dementia. Our CEO has committed to ensuring the Trust (North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust) trains every employee in the 2016/17 financial year. This will be facilitated through using  Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends resources and backed up with a bespoke resource developed by North East Ambulance Service.'
North East Ambulance Service case study Dementia Friends
Chief Executive Yvonne Ormston becoming a Dementia Friend

'To date we have trained over 300 people, issuing each member of staff with their Dementia Friends badge, giving them a copy of the NEAS pocket handbook and Alzheimer’s Society publications. We have trained eight staff to become Dementia Friends Champions and we have a number of other people lined up to support with this role.’

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