BITC event demonstrates the business case for tackling dementia

Around 40 delegates attended the Business in the Community Regional Workplace Wellbeing Practitioner event at Wyboston, Bedfordshire on 9th July to gain a greater knowledge of managing dementia in the workplace by building a more resilient workforce.

BITC helping employers understand dementia

850,000 people suffer from dementia in the UK and with this figure on the rise, this is an issue that employers will need to address.

The event was hosted by Business in the Community as part of their wellbeing at work campaign, which works in partnership with Public Health teams across the East of England.

Debbie Longhurst, Head of Business Engagement for the East of England opened the session by outlining the ongoing support that BITC provides to Employers through its Wellbeing Practitioners’ Network, Health Champions’ Network and Mental Wellbeing Peer Support Network.

The business case for promoting wellbeing

Geoff Moore from the Alzheimer’s Society led a session which demonstrated the impact of dementia on workplaces which costs some £26.3 billion to the UK economy. Delegates from both the private and public sectors also had the opportunity to take part in an interactive resilience session run by Beth Goldsborough from Cambridgeshire County Council.

Public Health Teams in Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Luton reminded the delegates of the free support available to employers across the area to improve the wellbeing of their employees. This includes training sessions for Mental Wellbeing and Workplace Health Champions scheduled for September.

Read the Regional Workplace Wellbeing Practioner Network