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Humber NHS Foundation Trust

Humber NHS Foundation Trust provides a very broad range of community hospital and health services (including therapies), community and inpatient mental health services, learning disability services, healthy lifestyle support and addictions services to people living in Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire, a large geographical area with a population of approximately 600,000. We also provide specialist services for children including physiotherapy, speech and language therapy and support for children and young people and their families who are experiencing emotional or mental health difficulties. Our specialist services, such as forensic support and offender health, support patients from the wider Yorkshire and Humber area and from further afield. We employ approximately 3000 staff across more than 70 sites at locations throughout Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire. As a Teaching Trust, we work closely with our major academic partners, Hull York Medical School and Hull University, nurturing a workforce of tomorrow's doctors, nurses and other health professionals.

Updated:
6 January 2016
Sectors:
Health
Local Alliances:
East Riding Dementia Action Alliance, Yorkshire & Humber 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 provide care and support to people with dementia and their carers across the dementia pathway from diagnosis to end of life.  Our staff offer dementia awareness training to raise public and professional awareness of dementia; we provide early identification, diagnosis, support and treatment within our Early Memory Services; we support people with dementia, their families and carers to maintain well-being and independence; we support people with dementia to manage their physical and emotional co-morbidities through partnership working between our physical and older people’s mental health clinicians and other local agencies; we also provide specialist community and in-patient assessment and treatment for those who experience significant behavioural and / or psychological symptoms to enable the person living with dementia to attain and maintain optimal well-being.  Multi-professional staff also support people with dementia at the end of life including compassionate care and support for the person’s family and carers.

Our Trust also has a high level of national and international credibility for exciting research developments within the field of dementia care.

The Trust has signed up to the Dementia Action Alliance’s Dementia Friendly Hospital Charter.  This reflects the Trust’s commitment to ensure that we continue to develop and deliver innovative and good quality dementia services within dementia friendly environments.  We are initially focusing our Dementia Friendly Hospital development programme within East Riding Community Hospital but intend to roll this out to our other Community Hospitals over the coming months.

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

People living with dementia, their families and carers have every right to be treated with respect, dignity and compassion.  However, it is nationally recognised that people with dementia do not always get the care they need when in hospital receiving treatment for a physical health need.

As part of our sign-up to the DAA Dementia Hospital Charter we are developing action plans to ensure that our local Community Hospitals strive to develop innovative and creative approaches and seek out existing good practice to ensure that the local community hospital experience of people with dementia, their families and carers is a positive one.

We aim to ensure the views and experiences of people with dementia and their carers influence this programme of service development as they are the experts on what it is like to live with dementia.

Member website

http://www.humber.nhs.uk/

2. Actions

  • To create a dementia friendly hospital ward environment at East Riding Community Hospital

    To ensure the ward is supportive and enabling and not a confusing and stressful place for people with memory problems, dementia, delirium, and people with visual impairment.

    Status:
    Planning
  • To ensure all staff working on the Ward at ERCH that have regular contact with people affected by dementia have dementia awareness, knowledge and skills

    To provide increased quality of care for people living with dementia and their families / carers on the Ward at ERCH

    Status:
    Planning
  • To effectively and consistently implement the Butterfly Scheme within the Ward at ERCH

    To recognise and respond to the needs of people with memory problems and dementia in a sensitive, reassuring and personalised manner

    Status:
    Planning
  • To improve the collaboration between carers and health care workers on the ERCH Ward

    To improve the care of patients on the Ward, by ensuring the support and involvement of their carers.

    Status:
    Planning
  • To ensure timely identification, assessment and intervention of dementia within the ERCH Ward

    To develop and implement a clinical pathway for ERCH Ward to support the effective identification, treatment and care of people with dementia and support of their carers.

    Status:
    Planning
  • To ensure ERCH provides a service that people with dementia and their carers find easy to access, understand and which meets their needs.

    To identify and utilise a range of approaches to ensure people with experience of dementia and the public are involved and have influence in the Dementia Friendly Hospital Charter developments

    Status:
    Planning
  • To ensure the ERCH Ward encourages physical activity, social engagement and cognitive stimulation

    To enable patients to achieve a sense of enjoyment and companionship and help them remain active, occupied and maintain everyday skills, as appropriate, during their in-patient care within the ERCH Ward

    Status:
    Planning