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SPDNS Nurse Care CIC

SPDNS Nurse Care is a Community Interest Company that has been providing care at home for adults and older people for more than 30 years. We also provide Hospice at Home services in partnership with Havens and St Luke’s Hospices to people with life limiting illnesses and give advice and support to their families. Some of our staff work with students with additional needs who are attending South Essex College to enable them to gain qualifications and be ready for employment. SPDNS Nurse Care is a City & Guilds Approved Training Centre offering both internal and external training and qualifications.

18 July 2018
East of England
Local Alliances:
Southend, Castle Point and Rochford District 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?

As a home care provider we are acutely aware of the problems facing people living with dementia and their family, particularly those without a diagnosis. We need to work more closely with the Council to ensure that their care is commissioned appropriately e.g. no 15 minute visits and ensure that carers are better informed and supported by the council and local organisations.

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

SPDNS believes that dementia services should be considered specialist services not elderly care services. All staff and Managers should have a Quality Credit Framework Dementia Awareness Award and the knowledge & skills necessary to meet the needs of people living with dementia and understand and support the needs of carers and families.  However until commissioners of health & social care acknowledge this and pay a premium for a specialist service, providers will not be able to do this.

2. Actions

  • Referral to the Memory Clinic

    Support people with memory loss who are seeking a diagnosis to get a referral via their GP


    2018 - Second Quarter Update

    We continue to support service users with memory loss seeking a diagnsosis to be referred by their GP to the Memory Clinic. There is a waiting list.  

  • Respite, information & support for carers

    We provide regular and occasional respite to allow family carers a break from their caring role and help them maintain their own health and wellbeing, have social interactions and feel less isolated. Respite is accessed via the Carers Hub 01702 393933   

  • Signposting carers

    As part of our carers assessment prior to providing respite, we establish what the needs and concerns of family carers are and support them to access information and support. This includes their right to a Carers Assessment and how to access this; Occupational and Physiotherapy assessments in the community and accessing equipment; incontinence products on prescription.