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Wye Valley NHS Trust

Wye Valley NHS Trust is the first provider of acute, community services and adult social care in England. Hereford Hospitals NHS Trust, NHS Herefordshire and Primary Care Trust Provider Services and Adult Social Care previously provided by Herefordshire Council joined on 1st April 2011, to become a new organisation, Wye Valley NHS Trust which brings together acute, community health and adult social care services. The key principles of Wye Valley NHS Trust are to improve the health and well being of the people we serve in Herefordshire and the surrounding areas. We are working across traditional boundaries to provide integrated care in order to deliver a standard of care we would want for ourselves, our families and friends. With an estimated annual turnover of around £160million, we employ around 3000 staff . As the first integrated provider of acute, community and social care in England, we aim to build new relationships between our staff, patients, service users and their carers, and with the wider community. We are a clinical and practitioner-led organisation owned by our local community and staff.

Updated:
16 November 2016
Location:
West Midlands
Sectors:
Medical, Health, Hospitals and Hospital Trusts, Emergency Services Sector
Local Alliances:
Herefordshire Dementia Action 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?

Wye Valley NHS Trust is committed to ensuring people with dementia and their family carers receive care that meets the seven outcomes described in the National Dementia Declaration.  As part of this commitment we were one of the pilot sites involved with developing the national audit tool for care in acute hospitals, and are using it in order to guide and objectively measure in this area.

The Trust also has a Consultant of Age Care who has been appointed clinical lead for implementing the NHS Dementia Strategy within the acute setting and a small dedicated working group is currently developing and implementing a strategy aimed at raising a culture of awareness, resources and skills within the organisation to improve management of this increasingly important area. 

Dementia case finding and training has been and continues to be a priority for the Trust in 2013/14. 

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

Wye Valley NHS Trust considers its key challenges to delivering these outcomes are;

  • Maintaining emphasis on ensuring a timely Dementia Assessment is completed for all relevant patients
  • Obtaining patient and family carer feedback about their views on the care received
  • Ensuring staff are released to complete relevant training
  • Identifying and follow up on any lessons that need to be learned through complaints, claims and incidents.

2. Actions

  • Dementia Assessments

    Further work on Dementia assessments

    Status:
    Planning

    Update - First Quarter

    Nothing to report - New DAA member

    Update - Second Quarter

    N/A

    Update - Third Quarter

    N/A

  • Feedback from family and carers to expand working groups

    Greater involvement of family and carer feedback and how we as an organisation expand working groups with this group of patients

    Status:

    Update - First Quarter

    Nothing to report - new DAA member

    Update - Second Quarter

    N/A

    Update - Third Quarter

    N/A

  • Dementia education strategy

    Robust dementia education strategy for all staff across all health care profession

    Status:
    Initial Scoping

    Update - First Quarter

    Nothing to report - new DAA member

    Update - Second Quarter

    N/A

    Update - Third Quarter

    N/A

  • Making a Difference to Dementia

    Implementing ‘Making a Difference to Dementia’ vision within nursing.

    Status:
    Implementation

    Updating - First Quarter

    Nothing to report - New DAA member

    Update - Second Quarter

    N/A

    Update - Third Quarter

    N/A