Leyland Medical Practice

We are a large GP practice that has 2 sites: Heaton and Wrose. We deliver provide a wide range of family health services, including: advice on health problems, vaccinations, examinations and treatment, prescriptions for medicines, referrals to other health services and social services. We aim to assist people to improve their health in their local community and deal with a whole range of health problems. This includes health education, advice on smoking and diet, vaccinations and carrying out simple surgical operations. We comprise of a team that includes nurses, health visitors and midwives, as well as a range of other health professionals such as physiotherapists and occupational therapists.

Updated:
31 July 2018
Location:
Yorkshire and Humber
Sectors:
Medical
Local Alliances:
Bradford District 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?

1)    We are currently involved in the identification of patients at risk of cognitive impairment, assessment and then referral for diagnosis. This obviously extends to supporting patients with a established diagnosis of dementia and their family and carers. We have a practice population of close to 12 000 and support patients throughout their lifespan.

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

1)    There are a number of challenges that we have identified in our efforts to improve services. This includes better detection of patients at risk of dementia and memory loss. We have no formal referral process for auctioning soft surveillance from non clinical staff (particularly administrative) who often pick up on patients who maybe displaying memory problems but have not been approached about formal assessment. We are a large practice and the potential for actively screening an “at risk” population is a large undertaking. In addition, we have a large population that are from Pakistan and this presents obvious challenges as far as cultural norms/language barriers and accepting help from statutory services.

2)    We plan on overcoming these challenges in a number of ways: 1) Broad staff training about improving awareness of dementia and referral route/support groups etc 2) Formalise a pathway for concerns (detected from Administrative staff) to assess cognition formally 3) Clinical staff to complete a formal dementia on-line training module 4) Survey the GP practice as far as making the environment more ‘dementia friendly’

2. Actions

  • 1) Improve physical environment for patients with dementia

    Undertake dementia friendly physical environments checklist

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2015 - Second Quarter Update

    New Member

  • 2) Update staff about dementia/raise awareness

    Clinical staff – complete e-learning module/admin: dementia friends

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2015 - Second Quarter Update

    New Member

  • 3) Formalise a pathway for Admin staff for concerns about patients with memory loss

    Develop as a GP team.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2015 - Second Quarter Update

    New Member

  • 4) Improve knowledge about non-statutory services for patients with dementia

    Attend Dementia Action Alliance meetings and feed back to GP staff.

    Status:
    Planning

    2015 - Second Quarter Update

    New member