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Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH)

Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (the Trust) is a NHS provider Trust working in mental health, learning disability and community services. The Trust employs over 4,300 staff and over 200 volunteers across hospital and community services in Doncaster, Rotherham, North and North East Lincolnshire and Manchester. Our Vision: Leading the way with care. Our Mission Statement: Promoting health and quality of life for the people and communities we serve. Our Older People’s Mental Health Service operates across Doncaster, Rotherham and North Lincolnshire providing both hospital and community based services for people with a range of mental health needs, including dementia in all ages. We are a specialist provider of acute assessment and treatment services in our hospital and community based inpatient facilities and have a range of specialist community services. In each locality we serve we provide specialist memory clinic and memory services, Cognitive Stimulation Therapy, Wellness Recovery Action Planning, Community Mental Health Services, Care Home and Hospital Liaison Teams and carer support.

9 May 2014
Yorkshire and Humber
Local Alliances:
Doncaster Dementia Action Alliance, North East Lincolnshire Dementia Action Alliance, North Lincolnshire Dementia Action Alliance, Rotherham Dementia Action Alliance, Yorkshire & Humber 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?

The Trust is committed to the principles and ambitions of the National Dementia Strategy and the seven outcomes described in the National Dementia Declaration to help people to live well with dementia. Our role as a specialist dementia service is to work with people throughout the course of their life from the point of diagnosis.

We work with patients and families to provide a compassionate, timely and accurate diagnosis giving people the information they need to understand the diagnosis of dementia and to make decisions about how support can best be provided to them.

We work to maintain our patient’s well-being in the community with the provision of medical treatment alongside non-medical treatment, social support, advice and information. Our dementia services all work towards improving outcomes for people in the community, in care homes and in hospital. We work closely with other services including social services, voluntary sector services and housing/care home providers to promote independence and inclusion.

We consider capacity and choice is given to patients in line with their capacity to make decisions but we will also work hard to engage with families and carers. Where we provide hospital services we do so with the least restriction possible and in an environment designed to maximise independence and well-being.

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

We know that the population we serve increases year on year with people living longer and experiencing complex health and social conditions in later years. The incidence of dementia increases and the demand for memory services grows in direct relationship to the ageing population.

The changing face of the NHS and the necessity to provide high quality and cost effective services requires the delivery of outcome focussed services, which are responsive to changing needs and demands and we are working hard to continue to reduce waiting times, increase patient and carer involvement, assess the impact of our interventions and develop partnerships to ensure that we can meet the increased demand for our service.

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2. Actions

  • Living well and aging better with dementia

    • Enhancing the healing environment in all of our dementia wards with the commissioning of a dynamic lighting scheme designed to impact positively on well-being.
    • Improve the physical environment with colour, space and ‘dementia friendly’ features.
    • Regularly update and refresh dementia friendly signage and accessibility to service areas.
    • To implement the Fall Safe Care Bundles in all of our dementia wards to reduce the risk of and harm from falls.
  • Evolution of Services

    • Reduce waiting times and increase referral rates in our memory clinics through implementation of service efficiencies.
  • Improved communication and support greater awareness of dementia across the locality

    • Work with commissioners and communities to implement awareness raising and dementia friendly community initiatives.
    • To host a Dementia Carer Conference in North Lincolnshire to coincide with National Carers Week to raise the profile of dementia carers, provide information and education, develop dementia partnerships and engage local carers in identifying local carer needs.
    • To host a Dementia Awareness Event in Doncaster to coincide with National Dementia Awareness Week to raise local awareness of dementia and engage local stakeholders as ‘dementia friends.
    • Ensure that any new recruits have completed dementia awareness within their mandatory induction program. 
  • Pursuing excellence in dementia care

    • Support care homes and G.P.’s to implement the principles and practices of ‘A call to action’ to reduce anti-psychotic prescriptions to people with dementia and ensure that where it is prescribed its use is reviewed regularly and is prescribed as part of a therapeutic care plan.
    • To participate in the national evaluation of Memory Assessment Services (MAS) research program.
    • To engage, train and support patients and carers in the recruitment of staff to our dementia service.