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

Is It Really That Difficult to Cancel a GP Appointment?

(2) 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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Life at 75

(0) Comments | Posted 26 November 2014 | (17:44)

Anyone who has read my blogs and articles will know that a major theme in my writing is my experiences with my dad during his 19 years with dementia.

Whilst my dad has, and always will, provide huge inspiration in my life, my mum Jean has also made an amazing...

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Becoming an Empowered Care Consumer

(0) Comments | Posted 28 October 2014 | (18:41)

The Care Quality Commission's recent 'State of the Nation' report on health and social care services in England reminded us that a lot still needs to be done by the providers and professionals charged with safeguarding our wellbeing when we are ill, injured, vulnerable, frail or otherwise in...

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The 'Cost' of Dementia

(2) Comments | Posted 27 September 2014 | (00:00)

I am always immensely uncomfortable when anyone tries to put a monetary value on dementia, purely because I know that there is so much more to calculating the 'cost' of dementia than could ever be accurately represented by the use of pound signs. The emotional, all-encompassing, life-changing (and life-shortening) effects...

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Never Stop Learning

(0) Comments | Posted 27 August 2014 | (17:15)

I'm fortunate that during the course of my working week many different films relating to ageing, health, social care and dementia are sent my way. Having made my own film for the G8 Dementia Summit and more recently Care England, I appreciate the popularity of...

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Exploring Retirement - The Gap Between Dreams and Reality

(0) Comments | Posted 30 July 2014 | (17:18)

In the working population, the word retirement generally conjures up wistful thoughts of long lie-ins, lazy days, unlimited opportunities to pursue hobbies and the chance to finally get around to doing all of the things that you've never quite had time for. Is that really the reality of retirement though,...

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The Global Challenges of Dementia

(2) Comments | Posted 27 June 2014 | (10:46)

Mixing politics with health and social care is a thorny issue, so it's perhaps no surprise that the G8 Dementia Summit in December 2013 and the more recent UK legacy event to follow up the Summit have been contentious.

Dementia is a huge topic, encompassing many different aspects...

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A Small Charity Making a Big Impact

(0) Comments | Posted 29 May 2014 | (18:26)

I suspect that if you ask most people who their favourite charity is, most will reel off a list of the 'big' hitters - Cancer Research, NSPCC, Macmillan, Save the Children, RSPCA, Oxfam, The Red Cross, Christian Aid, the British Heart Foundation, Age UK, The Royal British Legion - the...

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Protecting Our Ageing Loved Ones

(0) Comments | Posted 28 April 2014 | (15:59)

I'm not often moved to write about a TV programme, but then not every programme depicts the heart-breaking problems facing older people in the UK today in such graphic detail as BBC2's 'Protecting our Parents'.

Made as a partnership project with the Open University, it follows Birmingham's older...

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What Does Your Future Hold in 2030?

(0) Comments | Posted 28 March 2014 | (14:32)

Sat on the tube recently, three teenage girls got on and sat opposite me. It may sound crazy for a thirty-something to say this but I envied their youthfulness, wistfully recalling when I was their age and in the process reflecting on how I am ageing.

Whenever someone of my...

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The Power of Music Therapy

(4) Comments | Posted 27 February 2014 | (16:15)

Music means many things to many people, but for me I think it is best described as nourishment for the soul. With a song, tune or melody to match every mood, it is something most of us cannot live without - I certainly couldn't - and something that in our...

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Hello, My Name Is...

(1) Comments | Posted 31 January 2014 | (09:33)

Anyone adverse to blogging and social media might be rather cynical about any initiative linked to improving frontline health and social care that has grown out of a blog post and numerous 140 character interactions between total strangers.

Yet from the sometimes impersonal nature of online communication has come...

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