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North Leeds Medical Practice

North Leeds Medical Practice provides Primary Care to over 16,000 patients from two separate sites in the city, one on Harrogate Road and one on Milan Street in Harehills.

25 June 2015
Yorkshire and Humber
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?

In partnership with the Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) we want to raise Staff and Patient awareness of Dementia. We can do this by ensuring any Patients and Carers have access to support and advice through up to date leaflets and information being made available in both surgeries, through Educational events and the promoting of the DAA so that Carers and sufferers are aware that help is available. We will also be nominating two Dementia Champions, one for each surgery, who will be able to co-ordinate Practice initiatives around the condition.      

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

Raising the initial awareness of the condition itself will be a challenge. Both Practices are extremely busy and it is very easy for Staff to become caught up in the maelstrom that is the daily routine in Primary Care. What we need to do is to encourage and help staff to become more aware that a patient who presents and appears difficult, might not be! We need to actively engage more with our Practice population.  

2. Actions

  • Raise our awareness of Dementia

    We will nominate two members of staff to be our Dementia Champions. They will attend the training session and then cascade information to the Practice Staff which will enable them to be more aware of the condition when dealing both with Patients who are recorded as being Dementia sufferers, and also their Carers.

  • Develop internal protocols

    We will be working on our internal protocols to assist Staff when dealing with recognised Dementia patients to ensure that they receive the care and attention that their condition requires.