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NHS Leeds West Clinical Commissioning Group

NHS Leeds West CCG is made up of 37 GP practices in the west and parts of outer north west and south west Leeds. We are one of three CCGs in Leeds and are the largest, covering a population of around 350,000 people. Our population extends from some of the most affluent neighbourhoods of Leeds to some of the most deprived. We work together with patients, communities and GP practices in our area to ensure that the right NHS services are in place to support people and help improve their health and wellbeing.

13 August 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?

We have a number of priorities that we will work on as a CCG so that we can help support the health and wellbeing needs of local people. One of our key priorities is to reduce the health inequalities that face people in west Leeds. Within this objective sits a number of priority health goals. Our work in relation to mental health sits as one of these goals - Improving the mental health of the population.

As part of this we have committed to improving the primary care diagnosis of dementia. In order to achieve this we will work with our partners and providers to ensure the best possible support services are in place for people with dementia (and their carers) when they need them the most.

As a CGG we are also supporting the wider Leeds Health and Social Care Transformation Programme.

This includes making Leeds a dementia friendly city –we know we have to have the right systems in place to help people over the coming years.

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

Our Clinicians and staff are working hard to provide the best services to local people. They face competing priorities from across the CCG and therefore making time for dementia-friendly actions may sometimes be challenging. As a CCG we will provide opportunities to staff to undertake dementia friendly training and support them to make changes to their working environments to become ‘dementia friendly’.

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2. Actions

  • Improve our understanding of Dementia

    We will run quarterly Dementia Friends training sessions for front line practice staff and Leeds West CCG staff to raise awareness, ensure greater understanding and implement changes to make our workplace ‘dementia friendly’.  

  • Improving dementia diagnosis and post-diagnosis support

    Our Clinical Lead for Mental Health and Commissioning and Development Manager are members of the project group which is leading on the redesign of dementia diagnosis and post-diagnosis support for the whole of Leeds.  This will bring diagnosis and treatment services closer to local communities, increase the number of people with a diagnosis, and ensure a consistent offer of information, advice and help. As part of this group we will support the implementation of this work across our practices in Leeds West.   

  • Work with our partners and providers to ensure the best possible support services are in place for people with dementia

    Our Commissioning and Development team will identify opportunities to work together locally around dementia, including care homes residents and carers.    

    Initial Scoping