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South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides an integrated and partnership-based provider of community and mental health services our missions is to: ‘enable people to reach their potential and live well in their community’.With a broad purpose to improve the health and lives of the people who use our services. The Trust aims to provide excellent mental health care, dementia care and learning disability care that supportsthe needs of our services users and local people to achieve their own goals. Within South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust there are specific services are provided for all our services users and their carers, these are: Memory Services Community Mental Health Teams Older Adult and Health Psychology Service Rapid Access Service Our aim is to deliver better outcomes by ensuring our hospital and community staff have gained dementia awareness training and a better understanding of dementia. Within these services there is a continued emphasis upon quality with a focus upon the experience of service users, in particular becoming more person-centred, increasing involvement and collaboration in care planning for both service users, improving access to crisis care and improving the quality of clinical environments.

29 October 2015
Yorkshire and Humber
Local Alliances:
Yorkshire & Humber Dementia Action Alliance, Wakefield and Five Towns 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?

Improve awareness of dementia for all South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust staff The Trust has a Dementia Steering Group in place to improve care throughout the Trust and 2 subgroups: Environment - to develop 'dementia friendly' areas and Education and Awareness – to raise awareness across the trust and provide dementia training Improving the involvement of carers of people with dementia. Improve networking and knowledge of other services within Wakefield, Calderdale, Barnsley and Kirklees which people with dementia and their carers can access and be sign posted to.

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

Providing dementia awareness and education to all our staff Ensuring dementia has a high priority throughout the organisation Making sure awareness raising/training in relation to dementia care is fully planned, developed and implemented. Making sure that people with dementia, and their families and carers are provided with accurate information about resources within Barnsley, Wakefield, Calderdale and Kirklees, which can be accessed easily. Making sure that members of staff are able to prioritise and make time to involve families/carers within care planning in all settings where people with dementia are being cared for Ensuring the needs of carers are identified and they receive information and support

2. Actions

  • Establishment of Dementia Steering Group

    The Trust has a Dementia Steering Group chaired by the Partnerships Team which includes members of staff and Alzheimer’s Society representation and meets every 2 months to address aspects related to dementia care including new developments and innovations.


    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member

  • Awareness Day/ Education

    Make available across the Trust awareness sessions on dementia to ensure a greater understanding of the condition and how we can help.  The trust plans to hold 4 awareness days across the 4 areas: Wakefield, Barnsley, Calderdale and Kirklees.  To reach out to as many people as possible and to make staff more dementia aware.

  • Environment

    Awareness sessions will be made available for all staff on dementia to ensure greater understanding of the condition and how we can help.

    The Trust plans to look at the environment of the Trust and adapt and change where necessary to ensure the Trust is Dementia friendly