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Establishing a community of practice for dementia champions (innovative practice)

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Andrea Mayrhofer


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© The Author(s) 2014. This discussion paper considers the currently evolving roles of dementia champions and describes an initiative designed to support their activities. The aim of this initiative was to establish a county-wide group that has a shared group identity and sufficient critical mass that is able to identify and implement dementia training and development needs for the health and social care workforce. The approach used to achieve this aim was a Dementia Champion Community of Practice Project, which involved dementia leads in various NHS Trusts. Whilst this approach might be effective at practitioner level, the Dementia Champion Community of Practice Project experience suggests that if such initiatives are to be sustainable they need to be strategically placed within networks that can bring together service providers, educators and commissioners.

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Author(s): Mayrhofer A, Goodman C, Holman C

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Dementia

Year: 2015

Volume: 14

Issue: 2

Pages: 259-266

Print publication date: 01/05/2015

Online publication date: 14/07/2014

Acceptance date: 01/01/1900

ISSN (print): 1471-3012

ISSN (electronic): 1741-2684

Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd


DOI: 10.1177/1471301214542534

PubMed id: 25027633


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