Black Country Partnership Foundation trust

Black Country Partnership Foundation Trust provides NHS mental health and learning disability services to the communities of Wolverhampton and Sandwell, as well as childrens and LD services to Walsall and Dudley. The Lighthouse based at ESH provided a dementia friendly, communityhub, for people with dementia and their carers/families to gain some knowledge, understanding and tips in relation to caring for or living with dementia in the home enviornment, be signposted to other options ot enjoy a meal/drink in our cafe.

Updated:
19 April 2017
Location:
West Midlands
Sectors:
Health, Hospitals and Hospital Trusts
Local Alliances:
Wolverhampton Dementia Action Alliance, Sandwell Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

BCPFTs role in respect of dementia is the giving of a diagnosis and provide appropriate intervention at points throughout the progression of dementia

BCPFT will help to meet outcome:-

 2) by enabling accessibility for all sections of the community at a stage when people first notice changes in cognitive function or when the individual wishes to gain access. The Trust respects the rights and wishes of people with suspected dementia as paramount during the assessment process. The needs of the person and their carer will be central to assessment, diagnosis and post diagnosis intervention

3) by helping to reduce the fear and stigma about dementia; necessary precursors for increasing the numbers of people coming forward for diagnosis and for helping sufferers, family and friends adjust to changes.

3 and 4) by providing education, encouraging the understanding of dementia and information regarding support service available to those who have been diagnosed and their family/carers.

5) by providing a dementia community resource hub, open to the community, providing information/ ideas to improve the home and community to continue independent living.

6) by providing information to their staff, patients, carers and families of research opportunities that are ongoing nationally or within the Trust.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

The challenges are varied for the Trust but the following areas are most pertinent at present

Staff need to be culturally competent – meeting the needs of the diverse cultures within the area we serve.Persistent stigmatisation -In some cultures there is an increased stigma around a diagnosis of dementia which can prevent people from wanting formal diagnosis and prevents them recieving appropriate care and treatmentPoverty levels -Sandwell area of most uniformally poor households, Wolverhampton - mixed population – areas of poverty and areas of affluencePoor education levels in large areas of the community.

The present services are stretched to capacity, should referrals increase significantly there will be an impact on the service delivery – additional resource may be required, taking in consideration austere times and cost improvements to be identified.

Member website

www. bcpft.nhs.uk

2. Actions

  • Enabling accessibility for all sections of the community

    The population is varied both in diversity and social class. Expectations of service provision can be minimal or very high. The range of skills required by the staff to meet the needs of the population, have to be varied and adaptable. The Trust will develop the staff to be skilled to provide their services to a wide range of people that is based upon their individual need.

    The Trust will evaluate the population and identify how their needs as a whole can be met by the mental health services, taking into account what they are commissioned to do and the staffing limits.

    Status:
    Initial Scoping

    2016 - First Quarter Update

    The Trust is continuing to evaluate the population and work with their commissioners to consider the needs of people with dementia in their comissioning plans for the Trust next year.

    With changes ongoing within the trust it has been necessary to review the remit of this element requiring a wider joined up process to occur across the Black Country area which the Trust serves.

    2016 - First Quarter Update

    New member

  • To help in reducing the fear and stigma about dementia

    We have opened our doors to encourage the community to visit our dementia friendly community area to learn and understand more about people with dementia, their needs and how to improve their lives.

    We are also working with schools to encourage young people to gain understanding and knowledge about dementia to share wihtin their home environment.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2016 - First Quarter Update

    We are continuing to work on the development of a schools based workshop and take home leaflet pack.

    The leaflet pack is under development and is expected to be completed shortly.

    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member

  • Providing education, encouraging the understanding of dementia and information regarding support service available to those who have been diagnosed and their family/carers

    Following diagnosis the patient and their carer/family as offered a range of sessions the provide education about dementia, local services that are available and skills/knowledge that may help to minimise potential areas of difficulty.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2016 - First Quarter Update

    the range of provision for dementia information, memory management and cognitive stimulation groups are being reviewed to consider if they need developing to meet the needs of the people with dementia and their families/carers.

    Involvement of individuals and their carers has idneitifed the need to develop a new group focusing on an alternative sport to football.

    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member