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Meet Jayne Vale Dementia Specialist

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About me

“I started within the care sector in 2004, and have not stopped developing my skills and knowledge since then. My current role is helping carers, customers, their families and office personnel to better understand and support those living with dementia.

I work closely with healthcare professionals around the UK to provide advice and support, and also train new carers each week in dementia awareness and how to be a great dementia carer.

I’m always learning new things, and I really enjoy being able to pass on my knowledge to our carers.”

Career Pathway

Jayne began her career with Helping Hands as a carer in 2004 and has looked after many of Helping Hands’ customers who were living with dementia. After this, she joined the training team in 2008 where she delivered dementia awareness training to all professional carer and support teams.

In 2011, she began my Specialist Dementia training programme with Worcestershire County Council and through a lot of hard work and dedication, she is now credited her as a Dementia Specialist.

Jayne went on to develop her skills through the University of Worcester Centre for Dementia Studies. From this, Jayne expanded her training further, bringing to life a remarkable understanding for those who care for our customers with this condition.

In 2014, Jayne took her passion further, establishing Helping Hands’ first ‘Dementia Family Day’ which resulted in a huge success and pleas for the training to be rolled out across England and Wales. She now regularly holds Dementia Family Days across the UK to inform and support families with a loved one living with dementia, as well as delivering training from a specialist centre in Spain.

Qualifications and Professional Development

As well as having many years of practical care experience, Jayne has completed a Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) course. She has also attended a Death Dying & Bereavement course, which allows her to offer counselling to carers and customers, following the passing of a loved one.

Jayne furthered this knowledge through attending additional dementia courses held by Warwickshire and West Midlands County Councils.

Jayne has completed her NVQ Levels 2 and 3 and also hold an A1, which enables her to assess carers completing the new Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). She is qualified to teach moving and handling as well as train in Level 3 medications incorporating clinical aspects such as stoma and convene care, surgical stockings and PEG training.

In 2012, Jayne was crowned the UK’s Dementia Care Personality of the Year at the UK National Dementia Care Awards – which is established as the leading UK Event to recognise and reward the very best people in dementia care.

Examples of My Work

Jayne recalls how she cared for a gentleman with Lewy body dementia and Parkinson’s for five years, supporting him all the way until his final stages of life. When she first started to care for him, he was able to walk and talk but over time, she watched his condition deteriorate until he had limited speech and no mobility.

Both their determination to keep him at home, coping with all that life had to throw at them meant that Jayne was able to keep him in the home that he loved, right to the end. This meant so much to him and his wife.

An interview conducted by the Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) with Jayne Vale is available here.

Jayne also has an upcoming talk as part of ‘The Alzheimer’s Show this July. Jayne’s talk, ‘Your guide to dementia: How to stay at home with the right dementia care’, is free to view and discusses how independence is something often taken for granted.

Explore how prioritising enablement can allow someone with dementia to continue living in the home they know and love, with deserved comfort, safety, and independence with Jayne here.

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