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South Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SEPT)

SEPT is one of two sources that provides dementia assessments and treatment for people aged over 65 years. SEPT is the main point of referral for all memory referrals. The Memory Service aims to provide early assessment and diagnosis so treatment and support can be initiated quickly and follow the Memory Assessment Pathway. Services are located at Southend Hospital, Sydervelt Centre and the Harland Centre. The Memory Service offers and implements assessments and cognitive testing alongside other investigations to determine whether a diagnosis of dementia (or other brain disorder) is appropriate. SEPT also provides specialist services for people with learning disabilities who are diagnosed with dementia and their carers. The Learning Disabilities Team carries out a wide range of assessments and can give a diagnosis of dementia. Anyone with a learning disability who is seriously concerned about their memory problems can consult either their GP or the Learning Disability service

Updated:
15 April 2015
Location:
East of England
Sectors:
Health
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?

At Harlands we are committed to support people affected by dementia by providing a diagnosis and assessment centre which is a welcoming, comfortable and calming or non/clinical environment.

Working in partnership with Alzheimer’s Society Southend we provide a base on site for a dementia support worker to support people affected by dementia post diagnosis or consultation to provide information and advice.

 Our team of dementia nurses regularly visit people at home for asessment and follow up appointments to minimise potential distress and anxiety provoking situations and therby giving service users choice and autonomy. (prescribing)

We are committed in supporting the Southend Dementia Action Alliance and the aims for Southend-on Sea to become a Dementia Friendly Community, through Dementia Friends

 The Dementia services promote user involvement in all aspects of care, this includes families, care homes and other facilities.

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

Competing demands on staff time:  clinic v home visits

Increase in referrals and aassessments and follow up appointments

 

Finding the time during a very busy workload for all staff to become dementia friends 

Member website

www.sept.nhs.uk/

2. Actions

  • All SEPT staff to become dementia friends to support the work of the Southend Dementia Action Alliance in becoming a dementia friendly community

    In order for SEPT to support the work of the Southend Dementia Action Alliance and Dementia Friends, all staff coming in contact with people affected by dementia needed to understand the importance of a dementia friendly community and sign up to become a dementia friend

    Status:
    Implementation

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member

  • Working in partnership to support people affected by dementia

    Through partnership working and attendance at the Dementia Steering Group and the Southend Dementia Action Alliance, Care Home Forum, CCG ……we support people affected by dementia and shape the future of services to best meet the needs of service users

    Status:
    Implementation

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    new member 

  • Prescribing permissions and training

    We have a number of dementia nurses who have undertaken specialist dementia prescribing training.  

    Status:
    Implementation

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    new member