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Epsom and St Helier Hospitals University NHS Trust

Epsom and St Helier University Hospital NHS Trust provides an extensive range of specialist and general hospital services across South West London and North East Surrey. We own and run four hospitals: Epsom, St Helier, Queen Marys Hospital for Children and Sutton. We also have 9 renal centres through out the area as well as the Elective Orthopaedic Centre

Updated:
11 January 2017
Location:
London
Sectors:
Health
Local Alliances:
Sutton Dementia Action Alliance, Surrey 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?

As a hospital trust who puts it's patients at the heart of everything we do we have an important role in delivering better outcomes for our people with dementia.

We have a 5 year Dementia Strategy which outlines five aims to help us deliver our goal of gold standard care. The stratgey has considered the national context and relevant guidelines and policy and links to the National Dementia Declaration's seven outcomes.

In order to deliver our aims we need to work closely with our patients and their carers and supporters, to ensure our services meet their needs. We also work closely with our partner organisations and the voluntary sector.

We have dedicated Older Persons Assessment and Liaison Services who help deliver better outcomes for our patients living with dementia.

We are also working towards achieveing a national CQUIN on dementia.

We are also working towards being a "dementia friendly" organisation.

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

Having a Dementia Strategy has helped us to increase the understanding of how dementia affects our patients but it remains a challenge to ensure the message is hosptial wide.

Our estate is also challenging as we are a very old hospital with wards that were designed many years ago so it is hard to make the necessary changes to make the hosptial more "dementia friendly".

Member website

www.epsom-sthelier.nhs.uk

2. Actions

  • Our patients will be cared for by staff that have the necessary skills and values to care effectively.

    We will review our dementia training and continue to deliver Level 1 training to staff on induction. We will also deliver Dementia Friends training sessions. We will have ongoing dementia training available for staff.

    Status:
    Being implemented
  • We will work in partnership with our patients and their carers.

    We will seek and act on feedback by completing carers surveys and friends and family tests. We will also consider other means of feedback and we will aim to ensure our patients and their carers are involved in care planning.

    Status:
    Being implemented
  • We will continue to assess our patients at risk of developing dementia and provide a service which is responsive to their needs.

    We will continue to implement the CQUIn and develop a delirium pathway. we will also continue to maintain our low use of anti-psychotic medication.

    Status:
    Being implemented