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Overview

NHS Health
Check Programme
Introducing the
Dementia Component

Increasing Awareness
& Signposting

E-learning resource
for practitioners

This e-learning package will take approximately 30 minutes to complete
and must be completed in one session.

The training consists of the following 5 modules, please click introduction to begin.

What you need to know to deliver the intervention

This section will cover: Introducing the leaflet & Information to be delivered to attendees

This section will cover: Introducing the leaflet & Information to be delivered to attendees
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Delivering the intervention in practice

This section will cover: Role play video & key messages for practice

This section will cover: Role play video & Key messages for practice
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How to deal with challenging questions

This section will cover: Commonly asked questions

This section will cover: Commonly asked questions
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Multiple choice self-assessment

Short self-assessment consisting of multi-choice questions

Short self-assessment consisting of multi-choice questions
Complete

Introduction

Why is dementia a priority?

Professor Alistair Burns, National Clinical Director for Dementia

Having trouble viewing the video? Click here to download (20.2Mb)

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Introduction of dementia
in the NHS Health Check

What: The dementia awareness component is part of the NHS Health Check for all attendees aged between 65 - 74.

Why: The inclusion of dementia within NHS Health Check programme is a wider part of the Prime Minister's challenge on dementia.

How: Raising awareness of dementia in the NHS Health Check will require NHS Health Check practitioners to give attendees information about dementia, the signs and symptoms, risk factors and information about local services.

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Introducing the leaflet

A leaflet about dementia and cardiovascular disease will be given to attendees as part of their NHS Health Check appointment.

The leaflet will act as a prompt sheet for you to communicate the key messages and information about dementia.

This should take no longer than two minutes of the appointment.

In order to increase people’s awareness of dementia, there are some key bits of information that you will find useful.

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Explaining the link between
dementia and cardiovascular disease

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Understanding dementia

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The signs & symptoms
of dementia

Many people fear they have dementia, particularly if they think that their memory is getting worse or if they have known someone who has had the illness.

It is important that people have an accurate understanding of the signs and symptoms associated with dementia so that they spot them early and increase the likelihood of an early diagnosis.

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Understanding risk factors for dementia

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Encouraging action to reduce risk of dementia

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Signposting

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Delivering the intervention in practice

The 3 key messages to be communicated are:

  1. Factors that increase risk of cardiovascular disease also increase the chances of developing dementia
  2. Adopting a healthy lifestyle can reduce risk
  3. There are local services available for information and support

Having trouble viewing the video? Click here to download (18.0Mb)

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Key tips for practice

  • Keep information clear and concise.
  • Use the information about dementia as an opportunity to promote positive behaviour change to lifestyle.
  • Ensure that the attendee knows what dementia is.
  • Advise attendees that the leaflet is theirs to take home.
  • Allow the attendees to ask questions to alleviate their concerns.

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How to deal with
challenging questions

  • Stay calm and don’t panic
  • Listen to any concerns or worries
  • Advise people that the Alzheimer’s Society provides a huge amount of online resources if people want to find out more
  • Reinforce how people can take action to reduce risk of dementia

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Commonly asked questions

Q. What about genetics? My mother had dementia so does that mean I will get it?

A. Many people are concerned that if they have family members with dementia they are more likely to develop dementia themselves. Genetic factors only directly cause the disease in a very small number of families with dementia, the majority of cases of dementia are not caused by inherited genetics. There is no single gene responsible for all cases of dementia. The evidence shows that the risk factors which we have discussed in your NHS Health Check appointment are more likely to cause dementia.

Q. Are you giving me this information because you think I’ve got dementia?

A. All NHS Health Check attendees aged 65+ are been given this information as part as their NHS Health Check because the risk factors that increase the chance of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease, also increase the chances of dementia.

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Commonly asked questions

Q. I thought I would be screened for dementia, are you going to do a memory test?

A. The dementia component of the NHS Health Check is designed to increase your knowledge and understanding of dementia, not to diagnose whether you have dementia or not. By better understanding the risk factors that increase your chances of developing dementia you can to take action to change them and reduce your risk of developing dementia and CVD. If you are concerned that you may have some of the symptoms of dementia then you should see your GP who can refer you for further assessment.

Q. I have some of the symptoms but they’re just due to aging aren’t they?

A. Some of the signs and symptoms of dementia are the same as those which happen as part of normal aging, for example briefly forgetting someone’s name. However, if you are concerned that you may have some of the signs and symptoms of dementia then you should speak to your GP.

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Commonly asked questions

Q. What chance do I have of getting dementia?

A. One in three people over the age of 65 will develop dementia. However, it is difficult to accurately judge any one person’s chances of getting dementia because of the many risk factors involved. Those people who take regular physical exercise, get their risk factors treated and assessed regularly (e.g. cholesterol and blood pressure), drink only in moderation, adopt a healthy balanced diet and who don’t smoke are less at risk of developing dementia.

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Multiple Choice
self-assessment

This section will cover

  • short self-assessment consisting of multi-choice questions

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Multiple Choice
self-assessment

Please ensure you enter your correct email address without errors
or you will not receive your certificate of completion at the end of the module

Name:

Email:

Confirm Email:

Profession:
Please specify:

Type of organisation:
Please specify:

Organisation name:

Region:

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Multiple Choice
self-assessment

The dementia awareness component of the NHS Health Check programme requires practitioners to:

Talk through a leaflet to give information about dementia, the signs and symptoms, risk factors and information about local dementia services

Refer all patients attending an NHS Health Check to their GP for further assessment

Administer a mini mental state exam to assess signs and symptoms

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Multiple Choice
self-assessment

The inclusion of the dementia component within the NHS Health Check programme is a wider part of the:

Alzheimer’s Society national research programme

The Department of Health's 2012 dementia awareness campaign

Prime Minister’s Dementia Challenge – a programme of work which aims to deliver major improvements in dementia care and research by 2015

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Multiple Choice
self-assessment

The amount of people living with dementia in the UK who receive a formal diagnosis and appropriate support is:

40%

20%

60%

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Multiple Choice
self-assessment

The most common disease or conditions that results in dementia is:

Alzheimer’s Disease

Lewy bodies dementia

Cancer

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Multiple Choice
self-assessment

The first sign of dementia is usually...

Tiredness

Forgetfulness

Weight loss

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Multiple Choice
self-assessment

The risk factors that increase the risk of dementia:

Are all non-modifiable

Can also increase the risk of vascular conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease

Should always be treated with medication

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Multiple Choice
self-assessment

The best way to advise attendees to reduce their risk of dementia is to:

Take medication & have regular memory tests

Take regular vitamin supplements

Take regular physical exercise, get your measurements checked, drink alcohol only in moderation, eat a health balanced diet & stopping smoking

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Multiple Choice
self-assessment

Those attendees wanting further information about dementia should be signposted to:

Alzheimer’s Society for information and guidance and/or their GP to discuss any concerns

Their local council

Directly to their local hospital to see a memory specialist

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Multiple Choice
self-assessment

Giving NHS Health Check programme attendees’ information about dementia should be used as an opportunity to:

Assess how much they can remember

Give them detailed information about all the different types of dementia

Encourage them to make positive behavioural changes to their lifestyle

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Multiple Choice
self-assessment

The 3 key messages to be communicated are:

Factors that increase risk of cardiovascular disease also increase the chances of developing dementia
Adopting a healthy lifestyle can reduce risk
There are local services available for information and support

There are medications available to help reduce risk of dementia
There are many different types of dementia
Everyone should visit a memory clinic

There is a high prevalence of undiagnosed dementia in the UK
Stopping smoking is the only way to reduce the risk of developing dementia
150 minutes a week physical activity is the recommended guideline

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