Support In Dementia

About Us

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Emma Hewat BA, LLB, PTTLS

Hilary Woodhead BA, MA, PTTLS

Emma and Hilary have over 40 years joint experience of working in the dementia care field.  Their shared passion for and commitment to improving the lives of people with dementia inspired them to set up Support In Dementia in 2014. 

Individually and together they have designed and delivered a range of specialist service improvement and dementia education and training interventions across health, housing and social care.

Emma and Hilary have experience of working directly with people with dementia and their families, managing services and developing complex packages of bespoke service improvement and training. They are skilled and effective project managers.

Emma lives in Essex with her husband and cats Roger and Trevor. She loves spending time on their allotment, horse riding and long country walks.

Originally from Yorkshire, Hilary now lives in Brighton with her husband, three children and cat.  She loves walks by the sea, singing show tunes and browsing the vintage clothes and junk shops.

Their areas of expertise are:

  • Dementia
  • Safeguarding Adults at Risk
  • Mental Capacity Act
  • Dementia Care Mapping
  • Action Learning Set Facilitation
  • Internal Verification
  • Environmental Audit

Hilary and Emma are committed to sharing learning and good practice across the health and social care sector. We regularly contribute to both national and local forums in order to disseminate our work.

Conference Presentations include:

  • ‘Should we welcome a future of robots, avatars and digital technology in dementia care?’, Opening Panel Debate, 11th National Dementia Congress 2016, (Brighton)
    ‘Mandatory training Safeguarding adults’, Best Practice and The Best Practice in Nursing Show 2017 (Birmingham)
  • ‘What time is lunch as I’ve got to fit a call in? The realities of training home care workers’. DH funded project to train Domiciliary Care Workers and Personal Assistants in Dementia, 9th National Dementia Congress 2014 (Brighton)
  • ‘Should staff working with people with dementia be trained in restraint?’ European Network of Training in the Management of Aggression (ENTMA 08) 2014 Symposium ‘Meeting the Challenge’ (Dublin)
  • ‘Challenging Behaviour? Should staff working with people with dementia be trained in restraint?’ Social Care Showcase Surrey, Sussex and Kent 2015 (Brighton)
  • ‘Is Dementia Everybody’s business?’ Maybo Conference 2015 (Hertfordshire)
  • Facilitating Change and Practice Development acute hospital dementia care, 10th National Dementia Congress 2015 (Telford)
  • Living with dementia in the London Borough of Haringey: An evaluation of care home practice. Challenge on Dementia 2020: Putting words into action, UCL Partners Conference March 2016 (London)

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Support In Dementia are national members of The Dementia Action Alliance

ACC worked with Hilary and Emma to develop an educational course for care staff in care homes. As expert consultants, they provided invaluable input into the development of content as well as providing clinical expertise for the ACC courses ‘Dementia: Responding to Behaviours and Advance Care Planning’, they are fantastic communicators and advocates for best practice. Besides bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience, Hilary and Emma also went above and beyond the call of duty in their support of the production and the ACC team and were both a pleasure to work with.

Samantha Govier, Associate Producer, ACC TV