Older People

Circle Dance in Dementia, London & Wolverhampton - 15 April, 11 May

Discover the potential of Circle Dancing when working with people with memory loss. Learn and practice the skills to provide an activity with therapeutic benefits for people with dementia.

Friday 15 April, Wolverhampton; Wednesday 11 May, London

For full course information, price and details on how to book please click here: Circle Dance in Dementia

Reading for Wellbeing: Bibliotherapy for dementia, West Midlands - 11 March

An opportunity to learn principles of best practice in providing bibliotherapy sessions. 

Friday 11th March, Cradley Heath, West Midlands

For full course information, price and details on how to book please click here: Reading for Wellbeing


Creative commissioning for better outcomes, seminars nationwide - 16 March–17 May

A series of events in partnership with Public Health England, Local Government Association, Royal Society for Public Health, Arts Council England.

Seminars in Manchester, Torquay and Birmingham share learning from the Cultural Commissioning Locality Projects. These have brought together managers and commissioners in health, public health and local authorities with arts and cultural organisations to test and develop creative approaches to achieve better outcomes.

An Introduction to Dance for Parkinson’s, Plymouth - 2–3 April

Price: From £207 (on-line course cost included)

Location: The House, Plymouth University

This two-day course is offered by the Dance for Parkinson’s Network UK and People Dancing in partnership with English National Ballet, Plymouth Dance and Plymouth University.

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Arts and Dementia Seminar, Winchester – 29 April

A seminar to showcase and celebrate the innovative work undertaken by the Centre for Arts as Wellbeing at University of Winchester, supported by dementia research undertaken at the Institute for Life Sciences, University of Southampton.

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New interactive ratings map for care homes

The CQC’s new tool aims to help build a picture of services across the country. Designed for the public and providers, the map allows access to the most recent inspection reports, and provides a comparison of ratings by postcode or geographic area.

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Hospice care outstanding

New figures from the Care Quality Commission show that over 90% of English hospices are providing good or outstanding care.

The figures were released to coincide with World Hospice and Palliative Care Day (Saturday 10 October). They acknowledge the important contribution that volunteers and allied health professionals make to palliative care including creative interventions and access to arts therapies.

Exploring music in care settings

Live Music Now’s A Choir in Every Care Home initiative is trying gather views about music in care homes along with examples of good practice.

It has set up a survey for anyone working within a care home (or similar), including senior staff and activity co-ordinators, whether or not you have any involvement with music.  The survey aims to explore whether music in care homes a good idea and what the main barriers are to doing more of it. click here to take this survey.

Million strong increase in people with multiple health conditions

New analysis from Age UK suggests that the number of people living with two or more long-term conditions will increase by 1 million over the next five years.

New NICE guidelines on home care for older people

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has issued new guidance for delivering personal care and practical support to older people living in their own homes. It includes recommendations for care providers to connect people to local activities and groups.

The guidelines also recommend a minimum of 30 minute visits and increased support for staff providing care at home for older people. The focus of the guidance is on personalised care and the recommendations will apply to local authorities.


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