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  Learning from people with a learning disability
    Beth Britton reports on her longest­serving consultancy client, a learning disability provider who are leading the way in dementia innovation and involving the people they support
When I first met Bill Mumford ­ then CEO of MacIntyre ­ at a ‘Social Care Curry’ in September 2013, it was a chance encounter that began a relationship with an organisation who to this day I continue to learn as much from as I’ve taught to.
Bill explained that MacIntyre, whilst extremely experienced in supporting people with a learning disability, were looking to increase their understanding of dementia ­ the people they supported were ageing and beginning to develop Alzheimer’s Disease and other types of dementia. MacIntyre’s Dementia Special Interest Group was in its infancy, but had proved so popular with staff that the senior management team knew they needed to offer more to their workforce.
Introducing the Dementia Project
With over 30 service visits under my belt, and numerous meetings and ad­hoc support provided, it was in February 2016 that MacIntyre’s dementia work really accelerated. They were awarded a significant grant from the Department of Health’s Innovation, Excellence and Strategic Development Fund to improve the care and support of people with learning disabilities who have dementia or are at risk of developing dementia.
The Dementia Project
( our­expertise/dementia/the­macintyre­ dementia­project/)
was born!
As the consultant on the Project, my role has numerous different aspects including working with frontline staff and people being supported by MacIntyre, providing an expert, external viewpoint to the Project team, supporting the communications strategy, and extensive writing and reviewing of materials.
  About MacIntyre
Established in 1966 by Kenneth Newton Wright, the parent of a disabled child, MacIntyre has grown to become a leading national charity, highly respected and committed to setting standards and increasing choice.
MacIntyre provide learning, support and care for more than 1,500 children, young people and adults who have a learning disability and/or autism, at more than 150 services across England and Wales. Their diverse range of services includes registered care homes, supported living, outreach, accredited training schemes and lifelong learning services, as well as a residential special school and further education provision.
'We want to help people with a learning disability achieve a timely dementia diagnosis as well as train professionals to provide better care...'
Emma Killick, Director of Adult Services for learning disabilities charity, MacIntyre

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