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Leeds & York Partnership NHS Trust

Leeds & York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides many clinical services both within inpatient and community settings with the broad purpose of improving the health and lives of the people who use the services. The Trust staff work in partnerships with others with the aim of providing excellent mental health care, dementia care and learning disability care that supports people to achieve their own goals. Within the Leeds Mental Health Care Group the following specific services are provided which people with dementia and their carers may come into contact with:  Younger People with Dementia service  Memory Services  Dementia Inpatient Service Other services provided by Leeds Mental Health Care Group which are provided for all service users (including people with dementia) are:  Community Mental Health Teams across Leeds  Liaison Mental Health Service  Care Homes Services Within these services there is a continued emphasis upon quality with a focus upon the experience of service users, in particular becoming more person-centred, increasing involvement and collaboration in care planning for both service users, improving access to crisis care and improving the quality of clinical environments.

Updated:
9 November 2017
Location:
Yorkshire and Humber
Sectors:
Health
Local Alliances:
Leeds 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?

  • Improving awareness of dementia for all staff who work within Leeds Mental Health Care Group.
  • Improving the knowledge and skills of clinical staff who may come into contact with people with dementia and their carers in relation to recognition and management of people’s needs.
  • Improving networking and knowledge of other services within Leeds which people with dementia and their carers can access and be sign posted to.
  • Improving the involvement of carers of people with dementia in relation to care planning.
  • About the person with dementia – enabling, reducing stigma, having a positive attitude,

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

  1. Promoting more general awareness of Dementia for staff.
  2. Making sure that programmes for staff training in relation to dementia care are fully planned, developed and implemented.
  3. Making sure that people with dementia, and their families and carers are provided with accurate information about resources within Leeds which can be accessed.
  4. Making sure that members of staff are able to prioritise and make time to involve families/carers within care planning in all settings where people with dementia are being cared for.

2. Actions

  • Dementia Awareness

    Improving the general level of awareness of dementia for all staff working within Leeds Mental Health Care Group.

    Actions

    Continue to promote ‘Dementia Friends’ across LYPFT

    Encourage the development of ‘Dementia Champions’ to cascade Dementia Friends awareness.

    This action will be led by the Consultant Practitioner for Dementia Care and existing Dementia Champions.

    Status:
    Planning
  • Dementia Training

    Develop a Dementia training strategy/programme which describes ‘basic’ awareness, ‘general’ level of skill/competence and more advanced/expert knowledge for clinical and non-clinical staff working within Leeds Mental Health Care Group.

    This action will be led by the Consultant Practitioner for Dementia Care.

    Status:
    Implementation
  • Signposting

    Making sure that people with dementia, their families and carers are provided with correct, up-to-date information about resources within Leeds which can be accessed.

    Actions: Reviewing existing information resources which are provided for people with dementia and their carers within Leeds Mental Health Care Group.

    This review will include Memory Services, Younger People with Dementia Team, Community Mental Health Teams, Intensive Community Services and the Dementia Inpatient Service.

    Status:
    Implementation
  • Involvement in Care Planning

    Making sure that members of staff are able to prioritise and make time to involve families/carers within care planning in all settings where people with dementia are being cared for.

    Actions:

    Encourage staff to collaborate with people with dementia and their carers within all settings in relation to their plans of care.

    Review how areas are currently involving people with dementia and their carers within their plans of care.

    Share good examples of practice across the care group.

    Status:
    Initial Scoping