Special event to showcase dementia work in Calderdale


Local people affected by dementia are being invited to attend a special event in Halifax designed to showcase the work that has been done by local organisations to help people living with dementia.

The event is being held on Thursday 17th February at the Shay Stadium, Shaw Hill, Halifax and will run from 12- 4pm. Lunch will be provided for attendees and is open to health and social care professionals, people who use local dementia services, carers and representatives from voluntary sector organisations.

The event is being organised by the dementia reference group, which is made up of partners from the South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Calderdale Council, NHS Calderdale and Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust.

The South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health and learning disability services in Calderdale and works in partnership with other local organisations to ensure high quality dementia care for local people.

The dementia reference group was set up following the publication of the Government’s national dementia strategy in 2009 to understand the implications of dementia locally and to help shape the local strategy. This is the second event being held by the group and will be an opportunity to showcase achievements in dementia care to date and help identify future priorities.

There will be key presentations from Jonathan Philips the director of adult social care as well as head of service Dr Nancy Greenhalgh; and the event will be chaired by Calderdale Council’s chief executive Owen Williams.

Ben Boyd, the Trust’s general manager of older people’s services in Calderdale, said, "This is a fantastic opportunity to hear about the hard work that is going on in Calderdale to help people affected by dementia. It is a chance to hear from professionals working in this field and to work together to help shape the future of services. In the UK there are currently 820,000 people living with dementia. That number is expected to double over the next 30 years. It is vital that we all work together to ensure care is of the highest quality for people affected by this condition."

To book your place onto this event or to find out more information call 01422 281497. Please note the number of places are limited and booking forms must be received by Monday 31st January.

Special event to showcase dementia work in Calderdale

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