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Devon Partnership Trust

Devon Partnership NHS Trust was established in 2001. we have an annual budget of around £130 million and, at any one time, we support 18,000 people across Devon and Torbay. we work closely with other health and social care providers across Devon to support the recovery of people with mental health needs. the Trust provides the following specific services for people living with dementia and their carers: In 2013 we launched the Devon Memory Service which provides memory Clinics at the three major general hospitals in the area. Psychiatric liaison service within all three major hospitals in the areas. Older peoples Community Mental Health Teams across the county. Specialist Inpatient Assessment and Treatment service.

12 December 2018
South West
Care, Health, Hospitals and Hospital Trusts
Local Alliances:
Exeter Dementia Action Alliance (EDAA)

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?

Devon Partnership NHS Trust aims to offer timely access to support at all stages of a persons journey with dementia, including support for carers. this includes ensuring strong working relationships with primary health care services, social care and third sector organisations, so that people are a supported to "live better with dementia". all members of staff, whether clinical or non clinical, have a valued and important role to play in ensuring the person with dementia and their families/carers are treated with respect, dignity and compassion.

Our specialist Inpatient service and Memory Clinic in Torbay both have award winning dementia friendly environments, which are designed to reduce distress for people living with dementia and their carers whom access our service.

We aim to promote awareness of dementia for all staff who work within Devon Partnership NHS Trust.

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

Communication between different organisations/ sectors working with the person with dementia and their families/carers is not always easy or clear.

Staff may be stretched for time and may not have up to date information readily available to them.

2. Actions

  • Discovering What Works for People with Dementia

    To scope out what the dreamscape would be like if we were dementia friendly everywhere.

    innovations in dementia

    enable east/ simon rippon

  • Improving awareness of dementia for all staff who work within Devon Partnership NHS Trust

    1) All Healthcare Assistants and Support Workers undertake a module on dementia, as part of the Staff Development Programme.

    2) All non-clinical staff who work in inpatient or community services which support people with dementia will be offered a ‘Dementia Awareness’ session by a Dementia Friends Champion. This will then be gradually rolled out to the wider staff group.

    Being implemented
  • Design and Promotion of Dementia-Friendly Toilet Signs

    We have designed and continue to promote dementia-friendly toilet signs to GP Practices, schools and other public buildings.

    Being implemented
  • Support for the Exeter Alliance 2019 Calendar

    We have given logo support and promoted the Exeter Alliance 'Shining a Light' 2019 calendar.

  • Staff Dementia Friends Session

    We are planning a Dementia Friends session for early 2019.

    Being implemented