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Crawcrook Medical Centre

Crawcrook Medical Centre is a GP practice with the main surgery in Crawcrook and the Branch surgery in Greenside. There are three partners made up of two GPs and one Nurse Practitioner. In addition there are two salaried GPs and the practice is a training practice with a placement for one Registrar GP. the practice is responsible for providing Care to Lindisfarne and Addison House Nursing homes and carries out weekly ward rounds for the residents. The practice currently has a registered population of 7400 patients of which 99 have a diagnosis of Dementia which is 1.33% of the practice registered population.

30 January 2019
North East
Clinical Commissioning Group, Health

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?

The Crawcrook Medical Centre practice will provide information, to help and assist and signpost patients and their families and carers to support services and engage with them to help them make informed choices for planning their care in advance.  This will give patients opportunity to think about what care they may want to receive in the future should they become seriously ill, disabled or unable to make decisions for themselves. The practice has a designated Dementia Clinical lead.

The practice will also use the EHE Environmental Assessment Tool to assess that the surgery premises are Dementia friendly and where practicable will adjust appropriately if required.

The practice will seek to engage the whole practice team in raising awareness of Dementia and will provide training to give the team the knowledge and tools to support patients in the National Dementia Declaration 7 points as stated below:

I have personal choice and control or influence over decisions about me. I know that services are designed around me and my needs. I have support that helps me live my life. I have the knowledge and know-how to get what I need.  I live in an enabling and supportive environment where I feel valued and understood. I have a sense of belonging and of being a valued part of family, community and civic life. I know there is research going on which delivers a better life for me now and hope for the future.

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

Potentially limited understanding of staff and time constraints that will have to be managed well.

2. Actions