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Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group

Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group is responsible for the healthcare of local people. Our members are the doctors in the 22 GP Practices in the district. We are responsible for buying a whole range of health services that you don’t get directly from your GP – like hospital appointments or home visits from a community nurse. We work with a range of local partners, and we also want patients to get involved in how services develop.

Updated:
10 August 2016
Location:
West Midlands
Sectors:
Health, Medical
Local Alliances:
Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin 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?

Dementia is one of the biggest challenges for health and social care that we face today. As such, it is one that we as a community cannot afford to ignore. Dementia needs a joined-up approach across health and social care and in Telford and Wrekin we have made some good progress since the launch of the National Dementia Strategy (2009). But there is still a long way to go. People with dementia, their families and carers have told us what is important to them and what will help them to live well with dementia. They say that they want to receive an early diagnosis and timely, good-quality information that will help them to make informed choices about their care. Our local strategies and plans show progress in making this a reality.

We recognise that dementia can affect each of us in individual ways and that a wide range of support is essential to help maintain a good quality of life. Our plans illustrate how different organisations will work together, to create a co-ordinated journey for people with dementia and their family carers.

We are well down the road to providing good quality care and support but we are not complacent and we recognise that more needs to be done. As a community, we have to maintain the impetus moving forward and signing-up to the Dementia Action Alliance is another step on that journey.

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

  • Public awareness about dementia is low
  • Identifying people with cognitive deficits is a problem due to low diagnosis rates
  • Need to maintain and improve joint working arrangements with NHS and other partners
  • Need to involve the wider community through ‘dementia-friendly’ communities

2. Actions

  • Launch the dementia patient passport and service directory

    Status:
    Delivery
  • Increase diagnosis rates through regular checks for the over 65s

    Status:
    Delivery
  • Embed the primary care pathway for dementia

    Status:
    Delivery
  • Review early identification and treatment services to meet expected demand

    Status:
    Delivery
  • Shift the dementia advisor service up-stream

    Status:
    Delivery
  • Expand model of ‘dementia-friendly’ communities

    Status:
    Delivery
  • Develop crisis resolution and home treatment

    Status:
    Delivery
  • Roll-out programme of training and education

    Status:
    Delivery
  • Develop the model for primary care support of people with dementia living in care homes

    Status:
    Delivery
  • Continue to improve the quality of care in general hospital

    Status:
    Delivery
  • Review end of life services

    Status:
    Delivery
  • Link accountability of the responsible Steering Group to the Health and Wellbeing Board

    Status:
    Delivery