03 December 2018

One of the country’s leading experts in dementia care was keynote speaker at a successful seminar organised for GPs and nurses in Bedfordshire.

Professor Alistair Burns, National Clinical Director for Dementia and Older People’s Mental Health at NHS England, took centre stage at the dementia training event hosted by Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and East London Foundation NHS Trust.

Healthcare professionals from across the county attended the session held at Kings House in Bedford on Tuesday 27 November.

Prof Burns talked about the National Perspective on Dementia and the advantages of Early and Timely diagnosis of Dementia.

A panel of expert speakers discussed about dementia and memory services pathway, common types of dementia, managing behavioural and psychological symptoms in dementia, Dementia in patients with Intellectual disabilities, Delirium and Dementia, Legal perspective in Dementia and Dementia – End of life care. 

Dr Roshan Jayalath, Bedfordshire CCG Lead and ELFT Consultant Psychiatrist and Associate Clinical Director Dr Sen Kallumpuram together coordinated the programme.

“I would like to personally thank everyone who took the time to attend,” said Dr Kallumpuram.

“Our guests were engaged, interested and committed to understanding how to deliver best practice in dementia care - from diagnosis to end of life.”

Mental Health Commissioning Clinical Lead and Place Based Chair Bedford Borough, Dr Roshan Jayalath, added;
“We were delighted with the level of attendance and engagement from our healthcare colleagues. 

"It is testament to the level of commitment within Bedfordshire to improving dementia diagnosis and care for patients. 

"Early diagnosis is key to ensuring patients receive the specialist care they need and Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is committed to working with our partners to increase dementia diagnosis rates”

All professionals who attended the event were awarded a joint Bedfordshire CCG and ELFT accredited six-hour CPD (continuing professional development) certificate.