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Wakefield District Dementia Board

Wakefield Dementia Strategy Board is an existing partnership arrangement to ensure all local stakeholders are providing a coordinated approach to delivering the outcomes set out in the National Dementia Strategy. Partners include; Wakefield Council NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Trust Wakefield District Housing Alzheimer’s Society Wakefield and Five Towns

Updated:
5 April 2013
Location:
Yorkshire and Humber
Sectors:
Health
Local Alliances:
Yorkshire & Humber Dementia Action Alliance, Wakefield and Five Towns 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? 

Using established partnership arrangements, the Board continues to work closely with colleagues within the local NHS, Council and Alzheimers Society in the delivery of local action plans intended to meet the objectives within the National Dementia Strategy. The role of the board is to ensure strategic alignment across the services and the best possible use of resources. A programme manager is funded by the 4 statutory agencies and plays a vital coordinating role, including alignment of plans with Mid Yorkshire Trust and responding to Overview and Scrutiny recommendations.

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

The Board and Programme Manager are hosted by the Local Authority and there is strong leadership; different pressures within individual organisations, for example efficiency programmes and major organisational change within the NHS can challenge partnerships, commitment to a strategic approach and keeping up momentum. Redirecting resources into community support and meeting demographic needs continues to be a challenge.

2. Actions

  • Strategic review of bed based services

    Strategic review of bed based services across all Local Authority, NHS and Independent Sector and a commitment to redirect resources into early support and other community services wherever possible

    Status:
    Planning
  • Health needs assessment

    Health needs assessment recently undertaken which has engaged people with dementia and their carers and identified possible gaps in the pathway.

    Status:
    Planning
  • Dementia Advisors

    Dementia Advisors attend the Memory Clinic to give advice and information to those newly diagnosed with dementia.

    Status:
    Planning
  • Literature review

    A review of literature given out to people in the Alzheimers Society and South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Trust Memory Service has been undertaken.

    Status:
    Planning
  • Community activities

    Established Peer Support networks, Forget-me-not cafes and a range of community activities.

    Status:
    Planning
  • Establishing Dementia Champions

    Within Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, the use of Dementia Champions on wards to be established to support the Trust to execute its responsibilities to safeguard patients with dementia.

    Status:
    Planning
  • Training needs analysis

    Through education of hospital staff to give an awareness of dementia, a training needs analysis has been completed and eLearning is being identified.  All junior doctors on induction and junior doctors remaining in Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust to r

    Status:
    Planning
  • Taking action on prescription of anti-psychotics

    Mid Yorkshire Hospital NHS Trust Pharmacy and 75 community pharmacies using posters, pharmacy bags etc to advertise under the ‘Right Prescription’ to urge those on anti-psychotics to have a medication review with their GP.  GPs have been issue with a checklist for ensuring patients are reviewed.  Newsletters distributed to Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust and NHS Wakefield District and a press release has been completed.

    Status:
    Planning
  • Improving short breaks

    Improving short breaks- we are committed to providing a comprehensive range of short break opportunities which are responsive and flexible including use of direct payments to benefit people with dementia and their carers -specific work group will take this work forward, with a particular emphasis on exploring the use of the Shared Lives scheme for people with dementia and their carers.

    Status:
    Planning
  • Launch of a Wakefield Community Dementia Forum

    The launch of a Wakefield Community Dementia Forum, with 3 work groups established to look at managing Appointments, accessing public transport and Community Dementia Champions

    Status:
    Planning
  • Wakefield District Housing pilot awareness session for staff

    Wakefield District Housing have completed a pilot awareness session for staff who come in to contact with the public, based around the ‘Worried About My Memory’ booklet.  Further roll out of the awareness raising sessions to be considered for other providers in the independent sector.

    Status:
    Planning