Dementia information films for BME community launched in Bucks

Two new short films aiming to raise awareness of dementia, particularly for people from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds, are now available for members of the public to view online.

The locally made films form part of ongoing work by NHS Aylesbury Vale and Chiltern Clinical Commissioning Groups, together with Buckinghamshire County Council, to reduce stigma of the condition and raise awareness within diverse communities. The aim is for individuals to benefit from early diagnosis and be supported to live independently in their own home for longer.

The films were screened at a special launch event held at Buckinghamshire New University (BNU) on Thursday, 13 July.

One film, ‘Living Well With Memories’ features clinical advice on prevention and management of dementia, including practical day-to-day tips and guidance on support available.

The other, entitled ‘My Life, My Memories’, focuses on the experiences of several people affected by dementia from different communities within the Buckinghamshire area. It offers a number of insights into the way cultural sensitivities can allow for more effective care for patients.

Both were made by Dr Mahuya Kanjilal of Bucks New University, who has extensive experience of making films highlighting health and social care issues as they impact the BME community. The project was also supported by NHS England South Central.

The screenings were followed by a Q&A sessions with a panel of key members of the project which included GPs Dr Sian Roberts and Dr Rashmi Sawhney, who gave advice and insight into the challenges surrounding dementia and caring for someone with the condition.

Dr Sawhney, Chiltern CCG’s Locality Clinical Director for Wycombe, said: “We really hope lots of people watch these videos –they have very useful advice regarding risk factors for dementia, the advantages of early diagnosis and for managing the condition, and they give a great insight into what it is like to see loved ones affected by it. We hope the focus on BME communities means the films will be especially useful to anyone of those backgrounds.

Dr Roberts, Mental Health and Learning Disability Clinical Director for both CCGs, said: “The audience at our launch screenings responded really positively to the films and gave us excellent feedback. The following Q&A session was fantastic – people were asking lots of great questions about coping with dementia and gave us a number of ideas for taking our project further. We really hope the learning from these films can be shared widely to have a positive impact on healthcare in Bucks and beyond – for use both by the general public and healthcare professionals.”

The films can be viewed at the following links:

Living Well With Memories

My Life, My Memories