Engaging programme of talks lined up for NNUH Dementia Information Fayre

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) is delighted to be hosting talks for the public and staff on a wide range of topics related to dementia care at the Dementia Information Fayre on Monday 14th May.

The talks will begin at 11.30am in the Benjamin Gooch Lecture Theatre on the main hospital site and will cover important subjects for those living with dementia and their families and carers.

Dr Martyn Patel, NNUH Lead Consultant for Dementia said: “Many people in the local area will be affected by dementia, so we are very fortunate to be hosting a really informative programme of talks by both teams here at NNUH and experts from outside the organisation. The fayre will be a fantastic opportunity to highlight what support there is in Norfolk for those living with dementia and their families and carers, and we do hope many people can attend.”

Both members of the public and staff are invited to the talks. There is no need to book ahead – just turn up to one or to all of the talks. For more information, please contact communications@nnuh.nhs.uk


  • 11.30-12.30: Eating and Drinking Well with Dementia, NNUH Dementia Nutrition Group

The Dementia Nutrition Group will be presenting the first talk of the day with a holistic approach to nutrition from a multi-disciplinary team on how to eat and drink well with dementia.

Emma Banham, NNUH Dementia Link and Lead Stroke Dietitian said: “As a team, we have developed a finger food menu and have investigated the use of coloured crockery in an effort to make food stand out more. We have also explored volunteer support across all wards to assist and encourage at meal times, which is now in place. We’re looking forward to sharing information and advice for those living with dementia and their carers about how to maximise nutritional intake.”


  • 14.00-15.00: Living Well as Dementia Progresses, Dr Jay Foden and Palliative Care Team, NNUH

Dr Jay Foden is a specialty Doctor working in Older People’s Medicine and specialising in dementia. She is one of our trained dementia care coaches and a Dementia Friends Champion. She has worked in the area of elderly care and dementia for the last six years and has personal experience of caring for family members with dementia.

Dr Foden said: I’m passionate about improving the standard of care for those with dementia and empowering their friends and carers through education, training and support. The Dementia Information Fayre will be a fantastic opportunity for me to share information and advice.”

Jay will be joined by Anna Farrar, a Specialist Palliative Care Nurse/End of Life Educator to deliver a session entitled ‘Living Well as Dementia Progresses’.  Please be aware that this talk will be specifically geared towards good care in the later stages of life and about a good death, and therefore may not be suitable for everyone, depending on their stage of the journey.


  • 15.30-16.30: Keeping Physically Well, Philip Clark and Emma McCann, NNUH Physiotherapists

Emma McCann and Phil Clark will be hosting the third talk of the day where they will be giving information and advice on how those living with dementia can keep physically well.

Emma joined NNUH in 2007 and currently holds the role of Clinical Lead Physiotherapist for Acute Rehabilitation, working across multiple wards supporting patients over the age of 80 to regain functional independence. Phil joined NNUH in 2004 and currently holds Clinical Lead Post on the short stay ward treating those aged 80 and above.


  • 17.00-17.55: Keep Thinking and Keep Talking with Cognitive Stimulation, Dr Sarah Housden, Senior Lecturer in Health Sciences

Dr Sarah Housden will be exploring ways of stimulating thought and conversation using the principles of Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST).

Sarah has been designing and delivering training around dementia-related topics for the past 15 years. An occupational therapist with experience working in both NHS and social care settings, she has a particular interest in promoting wellbeing and quality of life for people living with dementia. Now working as a Senior Lecturer in UEA’s School of Health Sciences she is known for delivering interactive and experiential approaches to learning. Sarah achieved her Doctorate in 2016, having carried out research exploring how drawing upon long-term memories during reminiscence activities can be a route to and catalyst for learning in later life.


  • 18.00-19.00: Supported Well in Norfolk, Daniel Schaffer and Zena Aldridge

In the final talk of the day, Daniel Schaffer and Zena Aldridge will be introducing the new Admiral Nurse and Alzheimer’s Society service.

Daniel, who works as the Services Manager with Alzheimer’s Society, manages and supports the delivery of services across Norfolk, meeting the needs of people affected by dementia. Zena, who currently works as a Senior Consultant Admiral Nurse, has worked in health and social care for the past 22 years spending much of her career working with families affected by dementia in a variety of roles.


Tuesday 8th of May 2018 10:15:35 AM