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South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust

South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of health services across Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland. We recognise the key role we play as a health service provider in ensuring our services and staff are equipped to deliver the best outcomes for people with dementia and their carers.

Updated:
18 April 2016
Location:
North East
Sectors:
Hospitality, Health, Care, Hospitals and Hospital Trusts
Local Alliances:
South Tyneside Dementia Action Alliance, North East Dementia Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists a number of outcomes that we 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?

The Trust works in partnership with the local authorities using public health intelligence to predict future requirements in elderly care across Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland and we are a member of each of these localities Health and Well Being Boards.

Through the joint strategic needs analysis the Trust have a strategy with the three local authorities to plan and deliver services in line with the national dementia strategy and local needs.

We have a Multi-disciplinary Dementia Working Group and named lead clinician for Dementia who work to improve our services across the three geographical areas. This includes representation from the Alzheimer's Society who provide regular feedback to and from patients and carers who have accessed our services.

The organisation has completed Dementia Environmental Audits (University of Stirling) and made improvements to the bathrooms on our elderly care wards in response to the findings.

Dementia Awareness education is available to nursing staff  working within the acute hospital and our community based teams. This is delivered in partnership with the Alzheimer's Society.

We have recently introduced the butterfly symbol to our Trust wide patient flow system as a visual prompt to staff, identifying those patients with a diagnosis of dementia.

We will work collaboratively with our community, health and social care partners to identify and assess cognitive impairment, ensure rapid discharge and continued effective care.

We will continue to assess and enhance our environment to ensure it is supports those patients with dementia who access our services.

We will further develop pathways of care and patient-centered care for dementia patients and rollout ‘This is me’ to all inpatient areas.

We will equip our workforce with the knowledge and skills to deliver care for patients with dementia that is effective and compassionate.

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

Releasing staff for training but we have got round this using Dementia Champions  in our care teams, we will focus on this in the year ahead

Resourcing environmental changes and dementia-related services in the current funding climate is challenging, however we continue to upgrade  our facilities and environments. We continue to strive to ensure these are dementia friendly environments where possible.

2. Actions

  • Ensure best practice

    Ensure best practice by ensuring dementia patients inpatient length of stay is kept to a minimum & care is as close as possible to the patients normal routines, this will be linked to the further roll out of ‘This is Me’.

    Status:

    Update - First Quarter

    Nothing to report - new DAA member

    Update - Second Quarter

    N/A

    Update - Third Quarter

    N/A

  • Develop an end to end pathway for Dementia patients

    Further develop an end to end pathway for Dementia patients in partnership with local health and social care partners.

    Status:

    Update - First Quarter

    Nothing to report - new DAA member

    Update - Second Quarter

    N/A

    Update - Third Quarter

    N/A

  • Embed & enhance the performance in the screening & diagnosis of Dementia patients.

    Embed & enhance the performance in the screening & diagnosis of Dementia patients.

    Status:

    Update - First Quarter

    Nothing to report - new DAA member

    Update - Second Quarter

    N/A

    Update - Third Quarter

    N/A