Hedon Group Practice
We are a semi-rural dispensing Practice serving a population of about 11500 patients. We have 9 part-time partners and approximately 40 staff members. We are a training practice and train GP Registrars, FY 2 doctors, Medical students and Nursing students.
- 5 May 2015
- Health, Medical
- Local Alliances:
- East Riding 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?
We will support patients to live their lives as they wish by providing understanding, information and compassion.
We will ensure the service we provide meets the persons need. We will do this by: extending staff training (e.g. dementia friends), develop our nurses role to include patients with dementia in our Long Term Condition clinic, provide a GP with a Special Interest in Dementia care who has undergone post-graduate training (Dr Myers). We will establish a care plan for all patients with dementia and offer pro-active health care to their carers.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
Quite simply – time and resources. Courses for staff take them away from the practice and often come with a financial burden. There are minimal resources available in primary care. However, we recognise the importance and impact of this condition so we will endeavour to do our best with what is available, using support from Voluntary services such as yourselves.
Improve the skills of the practice team in working with people living with dementia
The practice plans to have all staff attend a dementia friend information session on June 17th, 2015 presented by Nicky Russell from Alzheimer’s Society. The nursing team has already undergone this training. The Information Session gives staff an understanding of dementia and the small things they can do to make a difference to people living with dementia in the practice workplace. The training session will help our staff learn new skills regarding dementia care.
We have a Health Care Assistant who is responsible for conducting memory assessments and she has undergone some preliminary training, though she would welcome more comprehensive training.
We have a GP undergoing a Post Graduate Certificate in Dementia Care, who is the practice lead for dementia.
Make the practice environment accommodating to individuals living with dementia
The practice plans to review the surgery against the dementia environment check list with a view to making our premises more dementia friendly.
Use the practice environment to promote a timely diagnosis of dementia and offer ongoing support
The practice plans to promote the Alliance, and other voluntary services dedicated to dementia care, by posting signs in the practice, information on the practice website and newsletter. The practice plans to use Dementia Awareness week to promote discussion. The practice currently has a weekly memory clinic service for patients.