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Patients' and carers' views on dementia workforce skills

Susan Mary Benbow (Professor of Mental Health and Ageing, Faculty of Health, Centre for Ageing and Mental Health, Staffordshire University, Stoke‐on‐Trent, UK)
Anna Tsaroucha (Post‐Doctoral Research Fellow, Faculty of Health, Centre for Ageing and Mental Health, Staffordshire University, Stoke‐on‐Trent, UK)
Maurice Ashley (Service User, Faculty of Health, Centre for Ageing and Mental Health, Staffordshire University, Stoke‐on‐Trent, UK)
Kathleen Morgan (Service User and Honorary Lecturer, Faculty of Health, Centre for Ageing and Mental Health, Staffordshire University, Stoke‐on‐Trent, UK)
Paul Kingston (Director of the Centre for Ageing and Mental Health, Faculty of Health, Centre for Ageing and Mental Health, Staffordshire University, Stoke‐on‐Trent, UK)

The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice

ISSN: 1755-6228

Article publication date: 9 December 2011

Abstract

Purpose

Through consultation with people living with dementia and carers, this paper aims to identify skills that patients and carers feel need to be developed in the workforce. This work is part of a project to develop competencies for the West Midlands dementia workforce.

Design/methodology/approach

People living with a dementia and carers were contacted through cafés, a carers' group and memory group, and two people contributed interviews to the analysis. All materials were analysed qualitatively using thematic analysis.

Findings

Feedback was received from 69 individuals. In total, six major themes were identified: knowledge about dementia, person centred care, communication, relationships, support and helping people engage in activities.

Originality/value

It is argued that people living with dementia and carers bring unique and valuable perspectives to an analysis of the skills of the dementia workforce, which grounds the required skills in the relationship between the worker and the person and family they are working with. This different emphasis needs to be considered and addressed throughout dementia training and education.

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Citation

Mary Benbow, S., Tsaroucha, A., Ashley, M., Morgan, K. and Kingston, P. (2011), "Patients' and carers' views on dementia workforce skills", The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, Vol. 6 No. 4, pp. 195-202. https://doi.org/10.1108/17556221111194536

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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