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The PREPARED team picks up premier award in Irish Healthcare Sector

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The PREPARED (Primary Care Education, Pathways and Research of Dementia) team, led by Dr Tony Foley in the Department of General Practice won an award at the recent Irish Healthcare Awards in the category of Best Educational Project (GP/Pharmacy).

The PREPARED project has developed and delivered a range of education and training initiatives to GPs and to primary care teams on dementia care.  The PREPARED project is funded by the HSE/Atlantic Philanthropies as part of the National Irish Dementia Strategy implementation.

Since the project launch in 2016, a range of initiatives have been devised and delivered to GPs and the primary care health community, including small-group dementia workshops, e-learning opportunities, website resources and an accredited blended learning postgraduate course. 

Find out more about the different education initiatives on offer below:

General Practice Dementia Workshops:

Working with a team of GP facilitators based in locations around the country, the PREPARED project is delivering dementia workshops to GPs, to date having reached 340 GPs nationally.  Modelled on problem-based small group learning, the workshop programme consists of two short practice-based CPD-accredited workshops.  The workshops are focused on Diagnosis and Post-Diagnostic Supports and Management of Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia. 

Going forward, the PREPARED team will continue to roll out the workshop sessions to GPs and to ICGP CME small group meetings nationally in 2017 and 2018 through a network of GP facilitators and via national and local conferences and seminars.

Primary Care Team Dementia Workshops:

A three-hour workshop entitled ‘Dementia Care in Primary Care – An Interprofessional Approach’ has been developed by PREPARED working with the HSE National Dementia Office, DCU and with a number of HSE community based clinicians with expertise in dementia care. This workshop has been tested with three groups of primary care based staff and PCTs in Cashel, Tipperary, Kinsale, County Cork and Blackrock, Cork City in 2016 and 2017.  The HSE National Dementia Office has coordinated the delivery of a further 8 workshop sessions around the country in 2017, and, in collaboration with the School of Nursing and Human Sciences at DCU, will formally evaluate the delivery and impact of the workshop. 

In 2018 a number of ‘train the trainer’ sessions are being organised around the country with local Centres for Nursing and Midwifery Education (CNMEs) for HSE clinical staff with a dementia and/or education remit to upskill and take on the roll out of the workshops in their area.

General Practice Postgraduate CPD Dementia Module:

The PREPARED team has designed and launched a UCC accredited 10 ECTS blended learning postgraduate module on dementia care in primary care.  The first offering of its kind nationally, this 12 week blended learning course is aimed at GPs and consists of structured online learning and study days.  The module will cover many aspects of dementia care from diagnosis to driving to palliative care. The first course commenced in September 2017 with a second course planned for September 2018.

ICGP E-Learning Dementia Modules:

The PREPARED team is working in collaboration with the ICGP on the development and launch of online GP dementia modules which will be available on the ICGP e-learning website.  Two of these modules are currently available for GPs and other primary care healthcare professionals on the ICGP e-learning portal, or on the IPNA website e-learning section.  

Web Based Resources for GPs and Primary Care Teams:

PREPARED has developed and published a clinical web resource called dementiapathways.ie, which is specifically designed for GPs and primary care health professionals. The online resource includes clinical guidance on dementia topics, a compendium of information leaflets and guidelines, a database of community based clinical services and supports available for patients with dementia, and a comprehensive guide to dementia training and education opportunities in primary care for GPs and other healthcare professionals. 

For more information on these different initiatives, visit:

www.dementiapathways.ie

www.ucc.ie/en/gp/research

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