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Sutton Valence Surgery

A rural GP practice in the Weald of Kent

2 March 2016
South East
Care, Health
Local Alliances:
West Kent 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 aim to provide timely diagnosis and support for patients and their carers living with dementia.

We proactively deliver multi-disciplinary care by liasing with district nurses, social services and out of hours providers.

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

Challenges include the stigma surrounding a diagnosis of dementia, delays in obtaining specialist opinions and poor communication between multiple health and care agencies.

2. Actions

  • Early diagnosis

    We aim to actively identify patients at risk of dementia and facilitate early diagnosis and referral.

  • Multi-disciplinary support

    We aim to support patients and their carers through the early stages of diagnosis by offering regular care reviews, telephone support and home visits where necessary.

  • Good care

    We aim to provide good care of patients with dementia by offering timely clinical assessments and management of health complications, co-morbid conditions and end of life care.