A conference is taking place in Ipswich this week to celebrate and highlight the good work happening in care homes across east Suffolk.
The main theme of the event is dementia care and will involve staff from the 104 care homes in the area, GPs and local health professionals. Ipswich MP Ben Gummer will be one of the guest speakers.
The conference is organised by Ben Harvey, clinical support manager for the NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), and will take place at Ip-City Central in Ipswich on Friday 18 December.
Dr John Flather, a GP in Hadleigh and member of the clinical executive of the CCG said: “This event aims to celebrate the commitment and hard work of staff at care homes across east Suffolk, who deliver exceptional levels of care to residents and support to their families. Many of these residents are affected by dementia and we’ll be hearing from staff on initiatives they have implemented which have led to improvements in care.
“It’s estimated that dementia affects around 6000 people in Suffolk, and many of our care home residents are living with this condition. With an ageing population and a projected increase in dementia rates, it is important that health professionals from different organisations continue to work together and share their ideas, so that we can ensure continued good care.
“We look forward to hearing from staff who will be discussing issues including the importance of ensuring the dignity of residents, maintaining levels of safety and how healthcare services must adapt to meet future demand.”
Ben Gummer, MP for Ipswich said: “We have come far in the last few years in our understanding of dementia and the public awareness of the disease. I and my team have really benefitted from Dementia Friends training, allowing us to understand the challenges faced by my constituents with dementia. I am looking forward to hearing how local care homes have been looking after their residents with dementia.”
The event will also enable health care professionals to network and learn more about the work of our other healthcare providers. There will also be the opportunity to experience wellbeing initiatives including hand massage.