The Oxford AHSN Dementia Clinical Network launched a webinar programme in 2014. The aim was to build a culture of collaborative working across the Oxford AHSN region and reduce variation in diagnostic and prescribing practice following initial referral to memory services.
The webinars can be watched live at fixed times. These take place on a monthly basis and last about an hour, usually over lunchtime. There is an opportunity for viewers to ask questions. The webinars can also be watched on demand. The programme is now well established and has achieved the following:
- 48 webinars have taken place
- over 1,000 live attendees
- over 900 views of webinar recordings
- over 370 subscribers.
Since 2017/18 the webinars have been supported with funding from Health Education England.
“I’ve dialled in to a few of the webinars now and they have all been excellent. It’s a really convenient way of getting fresh information from a wide range of top speakers – without even having to leave my desk. I’ve learnt something new every time. Thank you!” Vicky Cartwright, Deputy Programme Manager, Royal College of Psychiatrists
Topics covered in the webinars include:
- Diabetes and dementia
- Dementia and the built environment
- Dementia and driving
- Dementia with Lewy bodies
- People with dementia getting lost
- The challenge of multi-morbidity in dementia
- How does alcohol affect the brain and cognition?
- Post-diagnostic support services
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and mindfulness for people with dementia
- A round-up of randomised controlled trials in 2016
- Memory Services National Accreditation Programme: past, present and future
- Assistive technologies in practice
- Introducing the new NIHR Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre.
This report analyses webinar attendance in 2016/17 and also reports results of a stakeholder survey. We aim to increase participation in parts of the Oxford AHSN region where this has been lower, and to run more webinars relevant to non-doctors, and with patient/carer viewpoints.
For more information or to book onto the webinar programme, please contact Fran Butler, the Oxford AHSN Mental Health Lead.