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Peninsula Community Health

Peninsula Community Health is an independent, not-for-profit social enterprise. We provide NHS adult community health services to local people in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly. We want to improve the lives of local people and minimise the need for acute care in hospital through early interventions, increased patient choice and developing the delivery of care closer to, or in patients’ homes.

Updated:
6 November 2013
Location:
South West
Local Alliances:
Falmouth 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? 

  • Working in co production with the Alzheimer’s Society 
  • Positive about providing person centered care 
  • Improving the end of life care for people with dementia 
  • Develop and deliver training that supports staff in minimising distress. 
  • Committed to raising the awareness of dementia of all of our staff within the organisation. 
  • Improve the quality of patient care 
  • Minimise the risks of falls to patients with dementia 
  • Ensure our staff are appropriately trained in dementia care to enable an informed and effective workforce. 
  • Produce regular reports for our Board to ensure that our commitment remains a high priority. 
  • Providing an environment that best supports people with dementia
  • Invested in 2 members of staff to undertake the Dementia Care Mapping Course   

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

  • Ensuring that organisational barriers don’t halt the progress of this work. 
  • Promoting the “This is me “document and ensuring it is used to promote individualised care plans. 
  • Improving our services whilst meeting higher demand 
  • Ensuring dementia is a key local priority 
  • Addressing nutritional issues for patients with dementia 
  • Ensuring that people receive care meeting essential safety and quality best practice standards. 
  • Keeping our focus and maintaining a high profile in an atmosphere of uncertainty and transition. 
  • Provide and achieve better outcomes in a cost effective way. 

2. Actions

  • The environment in which care is delivered

    The environment in which care is delivered. 

    1. Improve the physical environment within our community hospitals and clinics 
    2. Carry out a focused piece of work to review  and improve our signage 
    3. Introduce purposeful occupation in at least 6 of our community hospitals
    Status:

    First Quarter

    In progress (not in quarterly report of DAA) 

    Second Quarter

    In progress (not in quarterly report of DAA) 

    Third Quarter 

    In progress (not in quarterly report of DAA)

  • The knowledge skills and attitudes of our workforce

    The knowledge skills and attitudes of our workforce 

    1. Continue to promote the completion of Dementia Awareness workbooks across the organisation 
    2. Develop and roll out a training program that sets out to reduce distress amongst our patients with dementia, equipping staff with the knowledge skills and understanding. 
    3. Introduce Communication Passport in all of our community Hospitals 
    Status:

    First Quarter

    In progress (not in quarterly report of DAA) 

    Second Quarter

    In progress (not in quarterly report of DAA) 

    Third Quarter 

    In progress (not in quarterly report of DAA)

  • The ability to identify and assess cognitive impairment

    The ability to identify and assess cognitive impairment 

    1. Promote early diagnosis of dementia by working in partnership with our acute services 
    2. Continue to improve the way we assess and plan care involving the person with dementia, their relatives and carers. 
    3. Working in partnership with our acute providers ensure that we work together to agree a screening tool that is used consistently across the pathway. 
    Status:

    First Quarter

    In progress (not in quarterly report of DAA)

    Second Quarter

    In progress (not in quarterly report of DAA)

    Third Quarter 

    In progress (not in quarterly report of DAA)

  • Ability to support people with dementia

    Ability to support people with dementia to be discharged back home 

    1. Continue to build partnerships and work closely with local voluntary services 
    2. Working in partnership with all other providers ensure that we promote safety and early discharge with improved personal and community support 
    3. Working in partnership with all other providers and voluntary organisations ensure that people are not inappropriately admitted and are supported to return home as quickly as possible. 
    4. Continue to work in partnership with the Alzheimer’s society to develop information for clinical areas regarding services available in the community. 
    Status:

    First Quarter

    In progress (not in quarterly report of DAA) 

    Second Quarter

    In progress (not in quarterly report of DAA) 

    Third Quarter 

    In progress (not in quarterly report of DAA)

  • Person centered care plan

    The use of a person centered care plan which involves families and carers. 

    1. Introduce a communication passport that has been developed locally by another provider. 
    2. Continue to promote  “This is me”  
    3. Continue to work in partnership across the pathway with all providers and volunteering organisations 
    4. Launch activity of the Dementia Care Action Plan and promote the plan during Dementia Awareness week. 
    5. Introduce volunteers and a befriending service within our organisation. 
    Status:

    First Quarter

    In progress (not in quarterly report of DAA) 

    Second Quarter

    In progress (not in quarterly report of DAA) 

    Third Quarter 

    In progress (not in quarterly report of DAA)

  • Underpinning actions

    Underpinning actions 

    1. Having board level commitment to continue to work towards becoming Dementia Friendly 
    2. Dementia Lead within the organisation 
    3. Network of Dementia Ward Champions 
    4. Continue to Implement Dementia Care Mapping across the organisation 
    5. Commitment from the board to review the environment within our community Hospitals 
    Status:

    First Quarter

    In progress (not in quarterly report of DAA) 

    Second Quarter

    In progress (not in quarterly report of DAA) 

    Third Quarter 

    In progress (not in quarterly report of DAA)