Hadleigh Boxford Group Practice
We are a partnership of 9 GPs working within a Health Centre with numerous attached services all available to the town and surrounding area. All doctors, nurse and staff are committed to providing the highest quality NHS care for individuals and their families in a friendly and caring environment. We are a GP training practice and provide diagnosis, treatment and care to all of our 15000 patients. To do so we engage with many organisations and service providers both in Primary (community services) and Secondary Care (hospitals), local authorities and councils,and many other organisations we can joint work with for the benefit of our patients and the community as a whole. We provide numerous specialist clinics including a Memory clinic and other long term condition clinics. Our staff are highly trainied and focussed on meeting very high standards of care and service to all our patients regardless of social staus, gender, religion, age, nationality or any other discriminating factors.
- 3 July 2015
- East of England
- Care, Health, Medical, Other
- Local Alliances:
- Hadleigh 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?
By supporting the Hadleigh Dementia Action Alliance we will be working to achieve the aims of the National Dementia Action Alliance and making a positive difference to the lives of local people and their carers living with dementia.
The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the Dementia Action Alliance are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. These are:
●I have personal choice and control or influence over decisions about me.
●I know that services are designed around me and my needs.
●I have support that helps me live my life.
●I have the knowledge and know-how to get what I need.
●I live in an enabling and supportive environment where I feel valued.
●I have a sense of belonging and of being a valued part of the family, community and civic life.
●I know there is research going on which delivers a better life for me now and hope for the future.
We can distribute leaflets and inform patients diagnosed with dementia and/or their carers opportunistically during consultations or in our waiting rooms and reception areas.
We can place information and signposting on our web site
We can and have re designed our main reception area to be `dementia friendly`
We sign up to the declaration and commit to supporting the aims of the Hadleigh Dementia Action Alliance
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
There are a number of challenges to delivering these outcomes. These include improving the knowledge of 75 staff in our organisation with the limited time and resources at hand.
We will need to use our resources to make our staff and patients aware of the alliance and its aims and objectives. We can do this by providing PR events such as coffee mornings for example.
We can provide appropriate leaflets and signposting to the Alliance web site and national web sites via our own web site.
We can work with our `friends` to find new and innovative ways to raise awareness and provide support for those diagnosed with dementia and their carers and family.
Patient and Carer awareness of our role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia
Raise awareness of dementia in the local community by being an active member of the Hadleigh Dementia Alliance
Ensure patients and carers have access to support and advice when needed
Keep our web site hadleighhealth.co.uk up to date with links to other sites and contacts
Provide leaflets and posters sign posting the patient or carer to help and support
Provide easy access to our onsite SuffolkAge UK advisor
2015 - Second Quarter Update
Clinicians to annotate the patients records after a consultation when there are potential memory problems present
Interrogate the computer system to:-
- highlight those patients that have frequent visits to A&E in the preceding 12 months – look for signs of memory loss or the early onset of Dementia
- see if conditions exist that predispose an individual to developing dementia
Work with SuffolkCare Uk to offer screening and assessments to high risk patients
Carry out brief memory assessments on all patients over 75 years of age
Clinician to refer patients to the onsite Memory Clinic after a brief assessment highlights potential significant memory loss.
Dementia Awareness Training for all the staff
All clinicians and staff to have awareness and understanding of how Dementia affects people and how their lives can be made easier
How to identify and help carers
When , what, when and how we might offer support and help to Dementia suffers and their carers
2015 - Second Quarter Update