National Learning & Development Forum 2013

Session One in the Avro Centre Dr Alisa Brotherton, Malnutrition Task Force explained the work of the task force and shared key messages relating to malnutrition and the safety and well being of service users.
Delegates were asked what they wanted from the session and issues raised varied from nutrition for people with dementia to training and information available to cooks.
Dr Alisa said that poor nutrition and dehydration hinders wound healing, e.g. pressure sores and other effects include declining mobility, falls due to dizziness, decreased resistance, depression and UTI’s.
Support for people to eat and drink is very important and demographic change will increase potential problems. She mentioned the DoH screening tool

There is also NICE guidance on malnutrition –
In response to questions Dr Alisa said she would like to see 24 hour access to food for service users but recognised the problems in doing that and she liked the use of “dementia passports” to log likes and dislikes and other preferences.
Her website is

Session 2 in the Alpha Charlie room was given by Gary Williams, Post Grad Research Student at Cardiff University, who talked about Health & Well being. He explored practical wellbeing measurement in the workplace and discussed the potential for single-item measures to enable any organisation to benefit from research on wellbeing without the need for traditionally lengthy questionnaires.

Session 3 in The Hangar, was given by Ginny Storey, Head of Care Quality Anchor Trust, who spoke about Infection Control. In particular, Ginny covered the recently published resource Prevention and Control of Infection in Care Homes

Lunch was taken and included the presentation of the NASHiCS Safety in Awards 2013. See separate report.



Professor Gillian Leng CBE, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Health & Social Care – National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), opened the afternoon forum in the Hangar with an explanation of the lead role that NICE now has for social care standards and how they will work with the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) and incorporate safety and health matters.
She said that NICE started out in 1999 to look at drugs and has expanded to other areas, most recently healthcare.
They are experienced in issuing guidance and gathering evidence to form quality standards. Social Care Standards are being issued, e.g.
Supporting people to live well with dementia

Medicines management in care homes – expected 2014

Professor Leng gave examples of the standards relating to dementia care and encouraged people to visit the NICE website for more information.

The afternoon breakout sessions took the delegates through to an afternoon tea break.