Cyber security resource

NHS Digital has launched a social care cyber security resource aimed at building awareness among staff in care homes and supported living accommodation.  Called Keep I.T. Confidential, the toolkit includes free campaign materials to improve staff knowledge of cyber security concerns such as phishing, data sharing, unlocked screens and weak passwords.   Among the materials are … Read more

New chief executive at Belong

Specialist dementia care provider Belong has appointed Martin Rix as its new chief executive. Rix will lead the next phase of the care village operator’s expansion as it prepares to open three new villages over the next three years. Previously chief operating officer at Norfolk-based Norse Care, Rix was responsible for services in 36 care … Read more

Music in the care pathway

Care provider Anchor has launched a dementia music therapy project with a university research unit to find out how best to include music in the care pathway. Funded by the Utley Foundation and conducted with Anglia Ruskin University’s Cambridge Institute for Music Therapy Research, the project will also upskill care workers in using music in … Read more

Creative ideas

Four innovative products assisting people with dementia have been identified as part of Alzheimer’s Society’s Accelerator Programme, which fosters creative ideas in the field. The products are Start Voice Control, which will help reduce distress among those experiencing communication difficulties; the Music Project, which will enhance life through music and meaningful activity; Smart Socks from … Read more

Resource for young dementia

The Young Dementia Network (YDN) has developed a resource to support implementation of the NICE guideline for young onset dementia.  Intended for commissioners and frontline health and care professionals, it provides guidance on how to meet the needs of working age people living with dementia.  YDN said that young onset dementia had significant differences from … Read more

10-year plan pledged

Health secretary Sajid Javid has held out the prospect of a 10-year plan to prevent dementia and boost funding for research. Speaking at Alzheimer’s Society’s annual conference, Javid pledged that the plan – the government’s long awaited dementia strategy now expected later this year – would focus on how medicines, science and technology can be … Read more

Support for carers through music

The charity Music for Dementia is celebrating Carers Week this week (6-12 June) by highlighting the support on offer to carers – as well as the people they care for – to experience the therapeutic benefits of music.  In particular, the charity has turned the spotlight on Musica Music’s Press Play to Rewind programme, Playlist … Read more

CBE for Jill Manthorpe

Jill Manthorpe, professor of social work at King’s College London and member of JDC’s editorial advisory board, has been awarded a CBE in the Queen’s birthday honours.  Professor Manthorpe, who has made a major contribution to dementia care research, said the honour recognised the fact that social care and social work research had “come of … Read more

ADI conference in London

More than 1,000 in-person and online delegates are expected at ADI 2022 this week, the global dementia care conference taking place in London (9-11 June).  Organisers Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) say it will be an opportunity to network with people living with dementia, carers, professionals and researchers. For more information on the 35th Global Conference … Read more

CBE for Hallmark founder

The founder of one of the leading  care home  providers providing dementia care, Hallmark Care Homes, has received a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to social care and philanthropy. Avnish Goyal founded Hallmark Care Homes 25 years ago. Among his many achievements and contributions Avnish has been Chair of Care England, … Read more