Beth Britton
A pioneering campaigner and consultant, writer and blogger with a passion for dementia, health and social care and issues affecting older people, Beth's work has been described as engaging, informative, inspiring and easy to understand.

She believes in appealing to the hearts and minds of her audience, communicating honestly and passionately, and tackling subjects that many people might consider 'difficult'.

After walking side-by-side with her Dad during the 19 years of his dementia, Beth began her D4Dementia blog in May 2012, and just a few months later it was a finalist in the Roses Media Awards alongside the BBC and the Independent newspaper.

Beth's portfolio can be found on her website and her work can be read in a wide variety of online and print media. She also undertakes public speaking engagements.

Her other interests are varied and extensive, and include many different sports and forms of entertainment. She is also passionate about travelling, current affairs, food, relationship and lifestyle issues to name just a few.

Entries by Beth Britton

'Business As Usual' Is Not Good Enough for Carers

(0) Comments | Posted 3 July 2016 | (17:07)

If you are an unpaid carer for a friend or family member, it wouldn't surprise me in the slightest if you haven't heard of the Care Act.

Even before my recent work as a panelist on a review by Carers Trust into how the Care Act is working for carers,...

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When Hospital Discharge Goes Wrong

(0) Comments | Posted 20 June 2016 | (17:58)

Last month the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman published a report of investigations into unsafe discharge from hospital. In the report, nine patient stories were retold (anonymized) from a total of 221 complaints - an increase of over a third from the previous year - that the Ombudsman...

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A Dementia Awareness Week Challenge - Find The Real Story of Living With Dementia

(1) Comments | Posted 19 May 2016 | (14:44)

The dates of Dementia Awareness Week always have a massive circle around them on my calendar. Whilst I passionately believe that it's important to raise awareness all year round, there is no doubt that a week of concentrated action definitely helps to put dementia higher up the agenda.

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Punished for Your Age

(1) Comments | Posted 28 April 2016 | (14:56)

This month The Queen turned 90. A good age for anyone, but especially significant considering Her Majesty still maintains her role as the head of state, undertakes a huge range of public engagements, pursues her hobbies and has an active family life.

Granted, The Queen benefits from privilege and wealth,...

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Living With the Living Wage

(3) Comments | Posted 15 March 2016 | (10:04)

April 2016 sees the introduction of the living wage. For anyone working and aged 25 or over (and not in the first year of an apprenticeship), that means earning at least £7.20 per hour, an increase of fifty pence per hour.

In essence, given the cost of living...

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The Value of Experience

(2) Comments | Posted 24 February 2016 | (20:17)

In recent weeks condemnation has followed the news that the Care Quality Commission (CQC) - who regulate health and social care services in England - have awarded three of the four contracts for their 'experts by experience' programme to Remploy. The disquiet was focused around Remploy's...

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Let's Shout About Good NHS Care Too

(2) Comments | Posted 27 January 2016 | (17:11)

They say bad news travels fast, and that is never truer than when thinking about healthcare experiences.

In my most recent D4Dementia blog, I documented my father's hospital care during his nineteen years with vascular dementia, quite a few episodes of which weren't particularly positive. I was prompted...

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Will You Be Using a 'Dementia Friendly' Checkout For Your Christmas Shopping?

(0) Comments | Posted 15 December 2015 | (14:01)

With December signalling a boom period in retailing, you may or may not be aware that 2015 has seen the introduction of the UK's first 'Dementia Friendly' checkout in Chester.

As shoppers partake in a rush to buy all those Christmas essentials (and indeed all the things you...

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Reducing Isolation Amongst Older People This Festive Season

(0) Comments | Posted 19 November 2015 | (11:22)

I'm somewhat loathed to start thinking about Christmas - never mind writing about it - in November, but a particular initiative came to my attention recently that it more than deserving of bringing to a wider audience.

As we all know, Christmas is a time associated with family...

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My Plea Ahead of the Spending Review

(1) Comments | Posted 28 October 2015 | (14:02)

A significant moment in the on-going social care crisis will be reached on 25th November 2015 - the day the UK government publish the Spending Review.

This review will set out how the government intends to finance crucial public services over the course of this parliament, as well detailing...

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Use Your Head

(0) Comments | Posted 24 September 2015 | (18:11)

The headlines that accompanied the recent World Alzheimer's Day claimed that one in three babies born this year are likely to go on to develop dementia at some point in their lifetime. The statistics claimed that 27% of boys born in 2015 will develop dementia, alongside 37% of...

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Is It Really That Difficult to Cancel a GP Appointment?

(5) Comments | Posted 26 August 2015 | (18:08)

My GP's surgery, in common with many others, publishes a monthly figure of the numbers of people who missed their appointments. In July alone, that amounted to 191 wasted consultations.

The surgery is located in a fairly rural part of the home counties, covering a large catchment area and serving...

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A Nursing Crisis

(1) Comments | Posted 30 July 2015 | (12:40)

When most people think about nurses, it's usually hospitals that spring to mind. Occasionally some people might identify with their local GP practice nurse or district nurse, but suffice to say that nursing is very much seen within the confines of the NHS. Yet what about social care?

Nurses are...

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Opening Up Care Homes

(0) Comments | Posted 25 June 2015 | (15:11)

Historically care homes have been secretive places, generally entered only by people who have to go to them, often resulting in myths and fear proliferating in the wider community. We knew nothing about life in care homes before we needed to find one for my dad, and even during my...

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How 'Admiral Joe' Could Transform Dementia Support

(0) Comments | Posted 27 May 2015 | (17:53)

One of my regrets with regard to my dad's 19 years with dementia is that we never had an Admiral Nurse. I term this a regret because I would have very much liked to experience this service as a carer to my dad with dementia, largely because I've heard such...

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Do Politicians Understand Social Care?

(0) Comments | Posted 22 April 2015 | (18:03)

With electioneering in full swing, I am a frustrated voter. Not because of the endless talk of the deficit, austerity and immigration, but because while the NHS and healthcare feature in pretty much every political debate, by comparison social care is the poor relation.

Of course this situation isn't new....

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Creating a Dementia-Friendly Generation

(0) Comments | Posted 26 March 2015 | (16:51)

Last month results were published from a YouGov poll that asked young people aged 8-17 about their attitudes towards dementia. The poll revealed that nearly a third of young people know someone with dementia, and 62 per cent would like to help someone with dementia but lack...

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A Vision for the Next Five Years of English Dementia Policy

(2) Comments | Posted 25 February 2015 | (17:06)

Given that government documents claiming to be guidance, strategy or policy generally attract harsh scrutiny, publishing a 'Vision' document is always going to hit controversial territory, especially with a general election and spending review looming.

Despite this, the UK government recently released their 'Dementia Vision' document entitled 'The...

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Paying for Healthcare - The Future of the NHS?

(0) Comments | Posted 29 January 2015 | (14:02)

2015 promises to be another momentous year for the NHS. With the general election less than 100 days away, how our health service will be funded by the various political parties is likely to be a hot topic for the manifestos, with the prospect of paying for some services at...

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Keep in Touch

(0) Comments | Posted 14 December 2014 | (20:43)

We all write it, a simple phrase that echoes a desire to remain connected to people who are personally or professionally important to us. Throughout most of our lives it may not mean much, but as people get older and potentially their number of contacts diminishes, keeping in touch takes...

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