Hartlepool conference focuses on care of elderly

LEADING THE WAY: Molly Taylor from the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust
LEADING THE WAY: Molly Taylor from the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust

SCORES of delegates have met to discuss the care needs of the elderly.

A conference to discuss care for adults who are vulnerable was hosted in Hartlepool. It attracted a huge audience who got to listen to talks and take in information and advice.

Hartlepool College of Further Education was the setting for the event which was hosted by the adult safeguarding team based at the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust.

The conference was called Transforming Care - the Mental Capacity Act in Practice.

Experts gave presentations in the college’s lecture theatre, while more than 20 organisations were represented in the atrium area where they offered information and advice.

It was down to Molly Taylor, who is the trust’s named nurse for adult safeguarding, to stand up and give a talk in front of 160 delegates.

Molly talked about the Mental Health Act, about safeguarding and the Winterbourne View.

Other speakers included: Stephen Taylor, who is the principal advisor for the Winterbourne View joint improvement programme; Jonathan Beebee who is the chief operations officer at Waymarks and Adam Hoare, who is the managing director of v-connect and who spoke about use of technology to support people with learning disabilities.

The day finished with presentations from Claud Regnard, the consultant in palliative care medicine at St Oswald’s Hospice.

It was Claud who spoke about the best interests and best practice of patients.

After that, the Twisting Ducks Theatre Company spoke about the Mental Capacity Act.

Molly said: “It was very interesting to hear the thoughts of some of the most knowledgeable people in the country on this subject.

“It was also an opportunity for charities, organisations and some of our own staff at the trust to offer information and advice to people and to raise awareness of these issues to students and people passing by in the college.

“Sharing knowledge and good practice with other health professionals is very important.

“It helps us to learn and to improve the care we provide to patients.”

Among the people who came to the event were those involved in dementia care, as well as police counter terrorism experts, people with learning disabilities, representatives of the domestic abuse charity Harbour, Hartlepool Borough Council and delegates from several independent businesses which are based in the area.