Workshop C-5 Understanding and caring for the needs of culturally diverse aging communities

Black, minority ethnic and refugee (BMER) communities and the UK National Dementia Strategy: the London experience
Wednesday, March 13, 2013: 10:15 AM - 12:15 PM, OAK, OCC 202
This presentation looks at the role of black, minority ethnic and refugee (BMER) communities in the implementation of the UK National Dementia Strategy in London. Although recent UK government policy in health and social care has highlighted the need for local partnerships across sectors to deliver improved healthcare and reduce health inequalities, there has been limited research on dementia in minority ethnic groups. Despite the cosmopolitan mix of the capital's population, BMER communities have historically been marginalised from strategic health initiatives. This presentation highlights the work undertaken by the London Region Dementia Implementation Task Group to support commissioner engagement with BMER communities in planning dementia services, and to help these communities to have more influence on the implementation of the National Dementia Strategy in London. The potential health access and economic risks of failing to improve the involvement of BMER communities in planning dementia care are outlined and recent work by the presenter to raise awareness of dementia and improve access to early diagnosis for minority ethnic communities discussed.
Handouts
  • David Truswell BMER Communities in London & Dementia.pdf (838.9 kB)
  • Presentations
  • David Truswell BMER Communities in London & Dementia.ppt (1.1 MB)
  • Presentation Information:

    Program: Main Conference Oral Presentations (concurrent workshops and peer-to-peers)
    Primary Category: Culturally Competent Care
    Subtopics: Dementia, Health reform/health systems innovations, Partnerships with community organizations

    Region Addressed by Presentation: Europe
    Organization: Government



    Website: http://www.londonhp.nhs.uk/publications/dementia/

    David Truswell, BSc, MSc(Econ), MBA , Equality and Diversity, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, London, United Kingdom
      Senior Project Manager
      Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
      Equality and Diversity
      Stephenson House
      75 Hampstead Road
      London United Kingdom NW1 2PL

      Phone: 0779 258 4253
      Email Address: david.truswell@nhs.net

      Biographical Sketch:
      David has worked in adult community based mental health services for over thirty years in the UK in a career spanning the voluntary sector, local authority services, developing services focussed on people with complex care needs and enduring mental health problems. He was the Equalities Lead for Brent Mental Health Service, one of the most ethnically diverse boroughs in UK. From 2005 to 2008 he led the Delivering Race Equality initiative in the Central and North West London Mental Health Foundation Trust and from 2009 - 2011 was the Dementia Implementation Lead for Commissioning Support for London. In this role he worked with London Primary Care Trusts to implement key parts of the National Dementia Strategy and raised the profile of dementia and its impact on Black and minority ethnic communities with commissioners of health care services.