RMBI Care Co Embrace Accreditation Pathway - Anne Child & Claire Dodd

RMBI Care Co Embrace Accreditation Pathway - Anne Child & Claire Dodd

Anne Child and Claire Dodd

Anne Child was appointed Pharmacy and Dementia Specialist Lead at The Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution Care Company in November 2016, to support the organisation’s objective to provide high quality dementia care in its 18 care homes across England and Wales. Anne has been a qualified pharmacist for over 30 years and is passionate about her profession. She has worked as a Community Pharmacist, a Lead Pharmacist for Mental Health within a PCT, a Lead Pharmacist in a Nurse Lead intermediate community setting for older people and more recently in direct dementia care in Health and Social Care. She became interested in Sube Banerjee’s work on dementia and low dose antipsychotics and published a paper with colleagues in 2012 https://bmcpsychiatry.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1471-244X-12-155  and since then she has been credited in several other papers.

Anne is also currently a SpA (Special Advisor) to CQC and continues to work with academic colleagues on new initiatives whenever she can.

In 2014, Anne was appointed a Member of the British Empire for services to dementia and in 2015 she became the programme guardian for care home medication and dementia modules with the College of Pharmacy Practice.

Anne holds post graduate certificates in care home medicine and prescribing in dementia and specialises in dementia and medication management, as well as clinical governance and risk management. 

Most recently, Anne has been appointed as a member of the Lewy Body Society Specialist Advisory Committee and is supporting several NHS working groups to reduce avoidable admissions to hospitals from care homes.

Anne works closely with the RMBI clinical governance  lead and is currently working on a number of dementia projects at RMBI Care Co. including how the charity can continue to best support residents, their families and staff now and in the years to come. Dementia care is a dynamic process and Anne believes it is vital to keep working with and listening to those who live with dementia, their loved ones and staff to help shape future environments. 

Claire Dodd works as the Assistant Director of Learning and Development (L&D) at RMBI Care Company and has been there for almost 12 years. In her role, she oversees the strategic planning and implementation of training and development programs aimed at enhancing the skills and knowledge of the organisation's staff. Claire is dedicated to fostering a culture of continuous learning and development within RMBI Care Company, ensuring that all staff are equipped to provide high-quality care to residents.

With a varied background in the social care, construction, cleaning and hospitality sectors specialising in learning and development, Claire brings a wealth of experience to her position. Her career spans various roles, where she has developed a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities in providing exceptional service in which ever sector she has worked in. Prior to joining RMBI Care Company, Claire held several key positions in learning and development, demonstrating her commitment to excellence in L&D.

Claire holds relevant qualifications in learning and development and management, which underpin her ability to design and deliver effective training programs. She is known for her collaborative approach, working closely with staff at all levels to identify training needs and develop solutions that support their professional development.

Under Claire's leadership RMBI Care Company's L&D initiatives have seen significant advancements, contributing to improved care standards and staff satisfaction. Her vision is to create an empowered workforce that is well-equipped to meet the evolving demands of the care sector.

Claire is most proud of winning two Learning at Work Week Impact Awards, being part of the team in achieving Menopause Friendly accreditation for the organisation and being the highest scoring department in the most recent employee engagement survey

Claire who is from Suffolk is a Fellow of the LPI and an Associate Member of the CIPD. 

She loves to spend what free time she does have with her family and travelling.

RMBI Care Co Embrace Accreditation Pathway 

We would like to talk about our Embrace Accreditation Pathway for our Dementia Houses and why we decided to create our own pathway for this, what it means and crucially how our training makes a different – with of course a focus on the Virtual Dementia Tour as we are with you! We would like delegates to consider how to embed person centred care and supportive approaches to dementia care, and the value that training brings to both the staff and also the residents we look after.