NHS Ashford Clinical Commissioning Group

Ashford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) works together with our patients and public to improve the health and wellbeing of our local communities so they live long and healthy lives. The CCG is responsible for commissioning (or buying) a range of healthcare services including: • Elective hospital care • Rehabilitation care • Urgent and emergency care • Most community health services • Mental health and learning disability services Our aim is to secure the highest quality, cost effective and compassionate care, as close to home for patients as possible. Improved quality of care for people with dementia and their carers is one of our priorities.

Updated:
26 June 2015
Location:
South East
Sectors:
Hospitals and Hospital Trusts
Local Alliances:
Kent Dementia Action Alliance, Ashford (Kent) Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists a number of outcomes that we 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?

 The CCG is currently looking at ways of making the current memory assessment services more efficient to ensure that people receive a diagnosis in a timely fashion and the right information is available for people at the right time.

We are committed to making GP practices dementia friendly, with all practices signed up to undertake dementia awareness training.  We are also planning training options for GPs to increase their knowledge of dementia and of the services available in the community.

The CCG also recognises the importance of supporting people with dementia in their own homes and is committed to increasing access to community support.  A carer’s short break service will soon be available which will provide planned respite as well as crisis support to people with dementia and their carers in their own homes.

We have jointly commissioned with the local authority a comprehensive carers service which provides, amongst other things, information and support and carers assessments.

The CCG alongside other organisations and stakeholders is committed to the development of dementia friendly communities and will be setting up local dementia action alliances.

We will continue to support the work which is taking place in hospitals and care homes to improve the quality of care of people with dementia.

 

 

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

There is still a perception in some areas, including by some GPs, that there is nothing which can be done for people with dementia.  Also, the increasing number of people with dementia who will require on-going support will present a financial challenge to the CCG.  There is also still a stigma attached to having dementia.

Member contacts

www.ashfordccg.nhs.uk

2. Actions

  • We will improve the skills of primary care to ensure people receive an early diagnosis and receive on-going support

    A programme of training is also being developed for GPs.  Practitioners from secondary care are being aligned to primary care to provide additional support and to signpost people to the appropriate services.

    The CCG is also piloting early assessment technology in some practices.

    Status:
    Planning

    2013 Fourth Quarter Update

    New member

    2014 First Quarter Update

    2014 Second Quarter Update

  • We will ensure that people with dementia receive care which is holistic and integrated with other services.

    Ensure that that the needs of people with dementia and their carers are included in other strategies which are being developed, eg long term conditions, end of life.  Ensure that the integration agenda which is currently been developed within the community cluster teams includes specialist input from practitioners from the older people’s community mental health teams and that they provide input into multi disciplinary team meetings as necessary.   

    Status:
    Implementation, Planning

    2013 Fourth Quarter Update

    New member

    2014 First Quarter Update

    2014 Second Quarter Update

  • The person with dementia will have a sense of belonging and of being a valued part of family, community and civic life

    We will engage with local communities, develop local action alliances and dementia friendly communities, to ensure that people with dementia and their carers feel safe,  supported and included.  This engagement includes shops and pubs, sporting and cultural opportunities.

    People with dementia and their carers will not feel ashamed or discriminated against because of dementia. Carers will be given a break from their caring role by the provision of short breaks and enabled to develop new interests and new social networks.

    We will ensure that all community services are able to support people with dementia to enable them to remain in their own homes for as long as possible.

    Status:
    Implementation, Planning

    2013 Fourth Quarter Update

    New member

    2014 First Quarter Update

    2014 Second Quarter Update

  • People with dementia who are admitted to hospital or to a care home will receive good quality care and be treated with dignity and respect

    We will learn from our existing projects which are taking place in acute hospitals and care homes, which include increasing the skills of staff to manage people with dementia and improving environments, and ensure these become embedded in everyday care.

    Status:
    Implementation, Planning

    2013 Fourth Quarter Update

    New member

    2014 First Quarter Update

    2014 Second Quarter Update