August 20th, 2015
UK’s one of the prestigious conference on Brain Injury which is organized by the Kent Brain Injury Forum with the association of East Kent Hospitals University (NHS Foundation Trust). The whole program will be chaired by Dr Mohamed Sakel. The foundation chairperson will have an introduction speech but the key note speaker will be Karen Saunders; Global Neuro-therapy Advisor of Sir William Beveridge Foundation.
June 30th, 2015
Support for SWBF in World Congress Neuro-rehab 2015, Berlin. 19-23 June. There were 2 scientific presentations on stroke research where Dr Sakel expressed optimism of taking these work further with support of & collaboration with SWBF. There was also personal pledge of support from global leads in the neuroscience care who wore the lapel of SWBF to demonstrate their solidarity with SWBF. Prominent among them include Professor Andy Haig, Michigan University, USA & President International Rehab Forum (IRF), Prof Jim Gosney, Chair of Disaster Relief committee of ISPRM, Dr Klemen, Chair of European Rehab Societies & Slovenian Director for brain injury service, Karen Hoffman, PhD , Neuro-Occupational Therapy Specialist from London. Dr Sakel expressed gratitude on behalf of the SWBF for their continued support in realising the ideals of SWBF. 2 more scientific papers assessing the impact of the service provided by SWBF and the awareness survey have been accepted for prestigious conference in World Congress for Neurology, Chile 2015 November & American Congress of Rehab Medicine, Dallas, Oct, 2014.
May 25th, 2015
United Nations Association (Canterbury Branch, England) is organizing the Strawberry Tea and Seminar on The Dementia Challenge on 4th July 2015. On this event, your presence will play a vital role to make it success.
December 22nd, 2014
The Sir William Beveridge Foundation is delighted to announce that it has moved its Headquarters from East London to Essex to expand upon the demographic area it will now serve. The organisation has taken on some additional staff for fundraising, research and ongoing project development in the UK and abroad.
The Sir William Beveridge Foundation has a large international hegemony, in carrying on the work of its namesake. The charity has a particular aim in raising global awareness in the field of dementia, and health and social care. One such area identified to achieve this aim is to empower by training. The awareness campaign was first rolled out in the Bangladesh where the Foundation held it first International conference in Dhaka, in February 2014 where professional clinicians, doctors and medical practitioners, from around the world, came together in support of the Foundations work.
The Foundation has been raising awareness amongst the BAME communities on a global basis and in the United Kingdom. BAME communities suffer particularly from the three major evils of modern health: heart disease, dementia and diabetes. It is the intention of the Foundation to ensure that such communities are provided with help and support in order to maintain an independent and quality life. The Foundation has affiliations with other health bodies and commercial organisations to achieve this and spread awareness.
Health and Social Care Training:
The Foundation has for the first time rolled out healthcare training programmes, partnering up the professional training bodies to provide skills development for youths who have a passion to develop careers in health and social care. The vision of the Foundation is to replicate its model from its international projects to give people vocational skills in order to provide opportunities to come out of poverty and reduce unemployment. The Foundation is also creating the scope to empower women who have suffered abuse and discrimination.
International Sponsorship Programmes:
The Foundation also gives people the opportunity to work, develop skills and culture in other parts of the world. With its international hubs around the globe the Foundation sponsors healthcare staff to travel as expats to provide their services to less fortunate and vulnerable people in many parts of the world such as Bangladesh, Australia and other parts of South East Asia.
December 21st, 2014
UNA Canterbury’s 4 day Programme of events in One World Week: 23rd – 26th October 2014
University of Kent, Canterbury
4 projects supported by the RCN and others, discussed the ethics and principles for working overseas.
The Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP) in Bangladesh and the Valerie Taylor Trust (VTT). Michael Vince & Dr Mohamed Sakel
Healthcare Ethiopia Partnership—Lesley Long
Medecins Sans Frontieres—Michael Vince
Patience Vince Voluntary Service Overseas’ (VSO)- Patience Vince.
Dr Sakel chaired the programme & congratulated Michael Vince from RCN for his leadership in organising the UN event and conducting the lively debate. Dr Sakel mentioned the inspirational work by Valerie Taylor in developing a spinal Unit (CRP) in Bangladesh. The CRP provides a model for spinal rehabilitation which Kent could benefit from. He also mentioned good works by another organisation Sir William Beveridge Foundation (SWBF) that works in London as well as in Bangladesh. As the ambassador of SWBF, he wished to have support from Kent Brain Injury Forum to develop service provision for Dementia in UK & in Bangladesh. Tanesh Bhugobaun, KBIF chairman has pledged his support in such endeavours in Kent and beyond. There was a discussion to encourage more exchange of volunteers between Kent and overseas programme like CRP. There was a lively discussion about the issues in service development in UK by foreign born people. Patience Vince mentioned about the value of learning whilst doing volunteering work and long tradition of such work by people from Kent.
Please click the link for details: http://www.kentbraininjuryforum.org.uk/news/una_canterbury39s_4_events_in_one_world_week
December 11th, 2013
The ambition to find a cure or a disease modifying therapy for dementia by 2025 is just one of the commitments to emerge in a declaration released by the G8 Dementia Summit held in London. To help towards this goal there is also a commitment to significantly increase the amount of funding put aside for dementia research.
The declaration, signed by G8 Health Ministers from the UK, USA, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Russia, also called for improvements in the quality of life for people with dementia including for their carers while reducing the emotional and financial burden. A global Dementia Innovation Envoy, proposed by the UK, will be appointed to stimulate innovation and co-ordinate international efforts including funding.
The full declaration can be read here.
November 19th, 2013
At a recent meeting in Dhaka, Professor Wazi Alam Chowdhury, Director, National Institute of Mental Health in Dhaka, said that dementia awareness among health professionals in Bangladesh is significantly low. The Beveridge Foundation’s Medical Director, Lt. Col. (Retd) DR. A N M Shahidul Alam and Head of Dementia, MD Rashed Suhrawardy, recently visited the Professor’s office of to brief him about the activities of the Foundation and Dementia Bangladesh. Professor Wazi is also the General Secretary of the Bangladesh Association of Psychiatrists and an associate editor of the Bangladesh Journal of Psychiatry.
During the discussion the Professor advised that the Foundation’s awareness programme should start from the grassroots and move up into tertiary hospitals and he would support dementia training initiatives for doctors, non-medical personnel, family members and care givers. He emphasised the need to provide care and support for the carers of people with dementia.
Professor Wazi also discussed the activities being carried out at the Institute of Mental Health and explained that there were many departments concerned with psychiatry. He mostly dealt with alzheimers disease and the vascular form of dementia but that, at present, there were a limited number of dementia cases. A geriatric centre was due to be opened at the Institute. He went on to explain that the Institute conducts a Continued Medical Education (CME) programme, arranges periodic scientific seminars on various topics as well as national and international seminars. Representatives from the Beveridge Foundation have been invited to attend these seminars in the future.
After this discussion, the Foundation’s Medical Director and Head of Dementia went on to meet with Associate Professor Dr Md Faruk Alam, Executive Editor and publisher of the Bangladesh Journal of Psychiatrists. The Foundation will be providing articles for publishing in the journal about its activities on dementia.
November 9th, 2013
Homecare has the potential to transform the lives of people with dementia but there is a need for better training of homecare staff and for improvements in commissioning so that it is based on needs and outcomes.
Read more here
November 6th, 2013
The theme of the World Hospice and Palliative Care Day in October was concerned with dispelling the myths around palliative and end of life care that are preventing more rapid progress of such care.
Older people at the end of life are missing out on vital care and support because of a lack of access to palliative care services. Recent estimates from the World Health Organisation (WHO) show that around 24 million adults require palliative care at the end of life each year and 66% of these are over 60 years old.
Despite this growing need, 42% of countries still have no identified hospice and palliative care service, while 80% of people globally lack adequate access to medication for treatment of moderate to severe pain. This means millions of older people, especially in the developing world, are living and dying in unnecessary pain and distress.
David Praill, co-chair of the World Palliative Care Association and Chief Executive of UK charity Help the Hospices, said:
“World Hospice and Palliative Care Day shines a light on neglected or marginalised groups that are unable to get the care that they require.
“It is totally unacceptable that older people, wherever they are based, are unable to access the care that they need to live and die with dignity and respect. With the rising incidence of non-communicable diseases and the ageing of the HIV pandemic, it is even more pressing that urgent action is taken.”
Further information on this from this can be found here
November 5th, 2013
The World Alzheimer Report 2013 ‘Journey of Caring: An analysis of long-term care for dementia’, reveals that, as the world population ages, the traditional system of “informal” care by family, friends, and community will require much greater support. Globally, 13% of people aged 60 or over require long-term care. Between 2010 and 2050, the total number of older people with care needs will nearly treble from 101 to 277 million.
Long-term care is mainly about care for people with dementia; around half of all older people who need personal care have dementia, and 80% of older people in nursing homes are living with dementia. The worldwide cost of dementia care is currently over US$600 billion, or around 1% of global GDP.
November 5th, 2013
The 29th Alzheimer’s Disease International Conference is to be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico from 1 – 4 May 2014. The theme is to be ‘Working together for a global solution.” More information can be found here
November 5th, 2013
A survey of care workers, homecare providers, council workers, service users and their families carried out jointly by The Guardian newspaper and the UK Department of Health identified the top three factors for providing good homecare. These were ìsufficient time for care, friendly, respectful, capable care workers and choice about services.î
The survey also threw up some ideas for making homecare even better and were discussed in a recent on-line web chat involving Norman Lamb, UK Government Minister for Care and Support along with representatives from the Third Sector, local authorities and homecare providers. A full report can be found here