Dunhill Medical Trust Annual Lectures 2019

This year, we were delighted to welcome more than 70 guests to our 2019 Annual Lectures, which were themed around the progress we have made with the multiple strands of our Older People’s Care Improvement Initiative, launched in 2013 following the publication of the Francis Report.  Our thanks to the Wellcome Collection for hosting us.

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Dr Adam Gordon, Clinical Associate Professor in Medicine of Older People, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences at the University of Nottingham about his study is entitled: Proactive Health Care of Older People in Care Homes (PEACH) which aimed to help an NHS and care home community to develop a Quality Improvement (QI) programme to deliver consistent, high quality and proactive healthcare for residents.

The PEACH team was led by researchers at the University of Nottingham, but was a collaboration between several universities, NHS Trusts and local care homes and included a wide range of multidisciplinary academic and clinical skills, as well as care home managers and lay representatives.

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More about the PEACH Project.

Deirdre McCloskey, who leads the Mid and East Antrim Agewell Partnership’s IMPACT (Involving Many to Prescribe Alternative Care Together) scheme, a new asset-based programme of community-based care and support for older people encompassing a wide range of activities, services and support, with colleague Pat Smyth from the Health & Social Care Board’s commissioning team, gave us a whistle-stop tour of the highlights (and challenges) of this innovative proof of concept programme.

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More about Impact Agewell®

Dr Emily Henderson was part of the team at the University of Bristol which re-developed its medical school’s curriculum to approach the teaching of medicine “in a way that will educate clinician scientists to excel in patient-centred care across community and hospital-based specialties” and came to share the thinking behind this important initiative and their experiences so far in delivering the new curriculum. Students are taught to approach the diagnosis and treatment of ill-health in the context of the whole person, focusing on the wider social and well-being issues that may have contributed to the symptoms presented.  This patient-centred approach was a key need identified by the report we commissioned and published in 2018 from Picker, examining the education and training needs of our healthcare professionals as our population ages.

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Our competition for medical students (with the Medical Schools Council)

Research Training Fellow, Orthoptist Jignasa Mehta of the University of Liverpool agreed to take the challenge of describing her “Fellowship in Five Minutes”.  Her main area of research is vision and ageing and specifically exploring the impact of visual impairment on falls and fear of falling. She is a member of the British and Irish Orthoptic Society and is developing a special interest group looking at falls in older people.  She has also been working in a team to develop a ‘Bedside Vision Check Tool’ to prevent falls on hospital wards.

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Research Training Fellow, Geriatrician Lucy Beishon  of the University of Leicester also shared with us her “Fellowship in Five Minutes”. Her project is researching the benefits of “brain training” as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairment, as well as prevention in healthy older adults.

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