Bromley Healthcare

Bromley Healthcare is a social enterprise owned by our staff. We've grown from working in just one borough to being one of the UK's leading providers of community health services. We're a community interest company formed of over 850 people delivering high-quality NHS services. We provide services in clinics, hospitals, community settings, nursing homes and other many other places. You can find out more about us by exploring our website www.bromleyhealthcare.org.uk

Updated:
24 June 2016
Location:
London
Local Alliances:
Bromley 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 recognise that early diagnosis of dementia is key to ensuring our patients are able to access the right care early in their illness. We would like to increase the number of Abbreviated Mental Test Scores (AMTS) carried out within our services. We currently carry out a number of these tests when seeing patients within the community, however we feel we could increase this significantly. By using a tool within our EMIS patient data system we could improve our clinician’s ability to carry out and record these tests quickly. We will communicate the need for these tests to staff throughout our organisation and with all these factors combined we hope to increase the number of tests we carry out by at least 10%.

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

Making the Abbreviated Mental Test Scores AMTS available on EMIS patient data system requires development work and testing before we can roll this out across the organisation. There are different applications for the system such as mobile which will need to be considered when completing these developments.

Due to the size and reach of our organisation, communications will need to be carried out in various different ways to reach all relevant staff in an engaging manner.

Getting buy-in from our leadership teams will be essential in making staff adopt the new policies and procedures.

2. Actions

  • Internal systems and policies

    Making the Abbreviated Mental Test Scores (AMTS) available on EMIS patient data system requires development work and testing before we can roll this out across the organisation. There are different applications for the system such as mobile which will need to be considered when completing these developments.

    Due to the size and reach of our organisation, communications will need to be carried out in various different ways to reach all relevant staff in an engaging manner.

    Getting buy-in from our leadership teams will be essential in making staff adopt the new policies and procedures.

    Status:
    Completed
  • Communication

    Our internal communications team will complete a comms plan to raise awareness of Dementia, its symptoms, diagnosis, management and the use of Abbreviated Mental Test Scores (AMTS). This will state all the communication deliverables to be completed. Through these comms staff will be encouraged to become Dementia Friends. For example – CEO update to be sent to all staff with letter 1 on 1/12/2015

    Status:
    Completed
  • Staff awareness and training

    Dementia training/awareness for all project managers in the organisation in addition to the high percentage of trained staff. This will ensure that new projects have a ‘Dementia friendly’ focus, which will be especially beneficial for those project managers which are involved in the setup of new services and processes. The use of dementia friendly services will be incorporated into all our bids for services

    Status:
    Completed