New role for dementia carer
A homecare worker and dementia specialist has been appointed to the board of the 2gether NHS Trust, which runs mental and social health care services in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire.
Jinny Searle, a Team Leader with Gloucestershire-based homecare provider DoCare, applied for the role because of the passion she has for dementia care. Jinny was among the first be trained as a Dementia Link Worker in Gloucestershire, which gave her QCF levels 1 and 2 in Dementia Awareness. She and others on her course were selected to complete level 3 in just six weeks, and she was among only four to do so successfully, supported by DoCare. She also has QCF level 2 in Health & Social Care and is working towards level 3.
As a Board member, Jinny will help shape future Trust policy, act as a link between the Trust and the community and help ensure it delivers quality services. She said: "I am really delighted to have this new role and am looking forward to helping ensure people in the area get the very best service, particularly when it comes to supporting people with dementia."
Jinny’s role is voluntary and she will continue to work for DoCare, supporting clients in the Gloucester and Stroud area. Currently, Jinny is taking her Dementia Leadership Award which will enable her to train others in dementia care. She and one other colleague are trained to deliver DoCare’s iPad-based memory assessments to older people, which can to help flag up early memory problems.