NZ Framework for Dementia Care


Category: Health and Social - Secondary Care
Updated on: 11-Jun-2016

Resource type: Video and training programme

Title: Barbara’s story – training for awareness of dementia



Attachments (name in file): Nil

Description: An awareness campaign from the UK for Health Care Professionals (HCP), specifically designed to give HCP an idea of how a person living with dementia might feel. They identified the growing dementia affected population. The organisation says “we need to do more for these patients, which is why we have embarked on a new campaign to raise awareness of dementia for staff in our hospitals and working in the community. More than 12,500 staff have seen Barbara's Story”

As part of this initiative, every member of staff must attend an innovative training session, the main focus of which is a short film about Barbara and her experiences during a hospital visit.

All staff are expected to have a good understanding of the issues faced by patients with dementia so they can recognise and support our care for these vulnerable patients.

Target Audience: Care workers and HCP

Appropriate Audience: Carers, care workers and HCP

Notes: This is a UK based initiative. The videos are available via youtube or the website to view. Use of the videos may be appropriate during education sessions.

Pricing: Nil

Contact Person: contact for information relating to “Barbara’s story” is and twitter handle @GSTTnhs


The Barbara effect – What happened what staff watched the videos

We asked staff what they will do differently after watching Barbara’s Story.

Here’s what they said…

I will smile more

I will always introduce myself

I will take more time to get to know my patient

I will not talk over a patient

I will understand how anxious patients can be

I will be more patient

I will make sure the patient has finished their meal before I clear their plate

I will use a patient’s preferred name

I will be a person as well as a professional

I will always be kind and understanding

I will pass on what I have learned about dementia

To find out more about Barbara, email

Contributor: Dementia Resources Project - 22 Jan 2017, 7:48 PM

Title: The Wicking Centre massive open online course (MOOC): Understanding Dementia


Website: and

Description: Participants in the Understanding Dementia MOOC will gain an increased knowledge of dementia, including its causes, symptoms and ways of responding to the needs of people living with the condition. The aim of this fully on-line course is to maximise the quality of life of people living with dementia, their families and carers. Participants will learn about the brain, the diseases causing dementia, and the person experiencing the condition, and have the opportunity to engage with a community of like-minded participants from across the globe.

Target Audience: People with an interest in dementia. This is an appropriate course for health care practitioners entering the field of dementia care, students, carers and families that wish to know more about dementia.

Appropriate Audience: All people with an interest in dementia will benefit from this course.

Notes: The Wicking Centre runs this MOOC several times over the course of the year. This is an Australian based course.

Pricing: This is a freely available MOOC run by the Wicking Centre out of University of Tasmania.

Contact Person: Access to the MOOC’s designed by the Wicking Centre require registration. Upon registration, you can join discussion boards. The contact page can be found here

Contacts for the Wicking Centre can be found on this webpage:

Contributor: Dementia Resources Project - 10 May 2017, 1:34 PM