Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust provides community healthcare services, mainly in the Leeds area. We provide a range of community services for adults and children including community nursing, health visiting, physiotherapy, community dentistry, primary care mental health, smoking cessation and sexual health services. For a full list of services please see our website.

Updated:
2 February 2015
Location:
Yorkshire and Humber
Sectors:
Care, Health, Membership Organisations
Local Alliances:
Leeds 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 services we provide at Leeds community Healthcare NHS Trust are varied and people of all ages access our services. Our vision is to provide the best possible care to every community in Leeds. We pride ourselves on the quality of our care. We want to make sure that all our patients have access to appropriate services and have positive experiences throughout their care.
Many of our community nursing services and inpatient units in particular are used by older people. Services that are received in their own home give our staff a real insight to how people are managing with activities of daily living. Those people will usually have a co-existing condition for which the staff are visiting and are usually not known to services specialising in dementia.

Our organisation has a crucial role to identify symptoms of dementia and screen people and/or signpost them to the correct service. They also have a role to give appropriate information to the person and or spouse/significant other. There is also a role for our staff to offer signposting to other people in the house if they believe there may be issues with their memory.

In addition to our staff role in supporting people with dementia and families / carers, we have over 7,500 public members with an interest in community health. An increasing proportion of these have expressed an interest in, and commitment to, supporting dementia activity in the Trust and in their own communities.

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

a)    Challenge of raising awareness and enabling access to training

  • Time and capacity for staff delivering training where this is a part of their role
  • Time and capacity to release staff to attend training

b)    Challenge of meeting the needs of people with dementia in service delivery

  • Time for staff to deliver care that meets the additional needs of people with dementia while managing high levels of demand for services.
  • Sharing information about patient / carer needs around dementia, across teams and organisations 

2. Actions

  • Raising strategic awareness

    Joining city-wide, regional and national approaches to dementia (eg through membership of Dementia Board, NHS England, Y&H DAA) to the development of a strategic approach to dementia within LCH that will include dementia awareness as part of any policy or service development.

    Status:
    Implementation
  • Improve Senior Management Team and Board awareness and understanding of, and commitment to the needs of people with Dementia

    Chief Executive and Directors invited to attend Dementia Friends sessions. Presentation and further commitment to the process to be discussed. Patient story to be shared at Board.

    Status:
    Delivery
  • Increase number of Dementia Friends Champions in LCH and develop co-ordinated approach to support those involved both as Champions and Friends.

    Promoting and supporting access for staff and members to attend Dementia Champions training and ongoing support

    Status:
    Delivery
  • Improve clinical staff awareness and understanding of the needs of people with Dementia

    A programme of Dementia Friends sessions is in place.

    Status:
    Delivery
  • LCH buildings and services becoming Dementia Friendly

    Working with people living with dementia, their carers and Dementia Friends, on a programme to assess and ensure LCH buildings and services are Dementia Friendly. This will include a programme of work with front-of-house staff.

    Status:
    Delivery
  • Increasing dementia awareness in our local communities

    A programme of Dementia Friends sessions with public members, partners (eg schools, community groups) to support existing activity and initiate and support new activity where there is none. This includes our LCH Dementia Friends webpage.

    Status:
    Implementation