Doncaster CCG invited to present to prestigious conference next month

Doncaster CCG has been selected to present to a prestigious conference taking place in Leeds next month.

The Yorkshire and Humber Clinical Network, Living Well With Dementia, Whole Systems Event, aims to showcase the range of innovative work taking place to support people living with Dementia, and in particular, to highlight the support available for patients and their families using creativity and music.

Health partners were invited to showcase the brilliant work helping people to live well with Dementia in the Yorkshire and Humber area. Curators said they were looking for proposals for presentations or workshops on the theme of living well with Dementia and were particularly, but not only, interested in projects using arts and creativity.

The conference curators designed a process of inviting expressions of interest that worked for them, including for people with dementia, who were included as part of the selection panel. Those who accepted the invitation to submit an expression of interest had to do this in a short film and to make it as Dementia friendly and accessible as possible.

Doncaster CCG met with darts (Doncaster Community Arts) and filmed a creative session last month with local people as part of the ‘In the Moment’ programme of creative activities for adults living with Dementia and their families.

The special film pitch was sent to the conference curators, chaired by Nicky Taylor, who is a Theatre and Dementia Research Associate, based at Leeds Playhouse, with a proposal to showcase the innovative work of darts, a charity using participatory arts practice to positively impact the lives of local people.

Nicky selected the Doncaster proposal and the curators tapped their fingers and feet as they watched the session in progress gave the following feedback:

  • ‘A practical workshop would be good’
  • ‘I look forward to the music.’
  • ‘When people (professionals) get involved it helps them in referring people to it because they understand it more.’
  • ‘It’s not what it sounds like; it’s how you feel when you’re doing it.’
  • ‘They’ve worked together and put in a lot of effort making this film, it was lovely to see the session and to hear from participants.’

Dr David Crichton, Chair of NHS Doncaster CCG said: ‘We are absolutely thrilled and delighted to be chosen to present to the Yorkshire and Humber Clinical Network, Living Well With Dementia, Whole Systems Event taking place in Leeds next month’.

‘It is an honour to be selected and we are very grateful for the opportunity to be able to showcase the amazing work taking place in Doncaster with darts and our local residents’.

‘Our work in Doncaster with those living with Dementia and their families is part of our commitment to supporting vulnerable people and working in partnership to provide the very best care and quality outcomes for all’.

Lucy Robertshaw, Assistant Director at darts (Doncaster Community Arts) said: ‘This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase some of the dementia-focussed creative approaches that we have been developing over the past thirty years. We are so pleased to have been asked to collaborate with Doncaster CCG on this important conference and can’t wait to engage with a wider group of stakeholders at the event in September.’

Staff at NHS Doncaster CCG and darts are now putting together the final details for the workshop and are absolutely thrilled to be selected to present to this prestigious conference.