In the grand old year of 2014, which seems so long ago, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society said that we should all become ‘Dementia Friends’ and this sentiment was backed by the Alzheimer’s Society. Today, their dreams are being realised through the existence of hundreds of thousands of Dementia Friends throughout the UK, and thousands of participating pharmacies and pharmacists.
CPD is vital to the progression of our careers and those who want to feel indispensable in the dispensary will continue to undertake new and various short courses. So, what exactly is a Dementia Friend?
The Dementia Friends programme has been put in place to help transform attitudes towards, and the understanding of, Dementia. Millions of people across the UK have been touched by Dementia and it could affect you one day. Pharmacists are entrusted to not only deliver practical and medicinal services, but to act as a source of moral support for those experiencing health-related decline.
One massive misconception about undertaking Dementia Friend training is that many people who we speak to feel that they must actively befriend those with Dementia. This isn’t the case. As a Pharmacist, you do not walk the streets looking for sick people to prescribe medication to. (Or maybe you do?) By completing Dementia Friend training, you are empowering yourself to better understand a patient, or their family, when they approach you and they’re suffering as a result of the illness.
When working through Locate a Locum, we will ask you to provide proof of your Dementia Friend training certificate. Not only does this protect the hiring pharmacy, but it protects the patients whom you will be interacting with. We want to ensure that you have the best possible chance of being confirmed for the shift that you’ve applied for, so we’ll help you get all your ducks in a row!
Where do you carry out your Dementia Friend training? Check out the links below! https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/WEBArticle?page=how-to-get-involved#.WWdJx4jyvIU https://www.cppe.ac.uk/programmes/l/dementiafr-w-03/
Where do you apply for your next locum shifts? Check out our Find a Job page, or give us a call on 020 7859 4613 and we’ll help with your applications.