We then continued our work with Dr Dalrymple to develop the training packages, working with a number of organisations representing different parts of the sector. Following feedback, Care As You Are has now been developed into two versions – one is a straight-through version, while the other pauses at the end of various scenes to allow reflections and questions relating to the scene.
The e-learning programme based on the film will shortly go live with Somerset County Council Social Care, and we will be offering the programme more widely this year (2022).
We are also exploring how the film and some of the activities devised around it can be embedded in a new app that is being developed to support carers in their role. We recently developed a two-hour online workforce development workshop, using scenes from the film, for a large mental health and community trust. The workshop was attended by clinicians and carers the trust has supported.
We are also working with a well-established carers centre to explore how all these developments might be taken forward to support their work.
Conversations surrounding dementia in loved ones can be awkward and pushed under the carpet, especially when talking about feelings. People can feel isolated, frustrated and invisible. The film continues to move people and support guided conversations about caring for someone with a progressive condition such as dementia.