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Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMW) provide community based and inpatient mental health care and treatment for people living in the North West. In relation to dementia care we provide a 3 memory clinics and both specialist inpatient assessment and treatment and community support for people with complex needs (and their carers) associated with dementia.

2 December 2016
North West
Hospitals and Hospital Trusts
Local Alliances:
Salford Dementia Action Alliance , Trafford Dementia Action Alliance, Bolton 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?

GMW is committed to supporting people living with dementia and their carers and has for the last four years identifed dementia as a priority within the organisations Quality Account.

We aim to provide timely diagnosis through our memory services across Bolton, Salford and Trafford in line or exceeding national targets.

We aim to ensure that people recieving a diagnosis and their carers receive information and support tailored to their individual needs and in line with recommendations from NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence).

We will provide a robust training framework for our staff working in dementia care based on the Dementia Core Skills, Education and Training Framework.

We will as an organisation support the delivery of Dementia Friendly Communities and Dementia Friends across our three localities.

We will provide a high standard of person centred care, supporting people living with dementia and their carers to live well.

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

Ensuring that there is consistency in approach across all our 3 districts so that each and every person recieves the same high standard of care.

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2. Actions

  • Awareness Raising

    We will continue to actively promote dementia awareness in the local community, across professionals and family carers too. We will do this by delivering Dementia Friends awareness sessions through our organisations Recovery Academy and our internal Dementia Friends Champions delivering sessions in our footprint.

    When appropriate we will also offer more detailed dementia awareness training.


  • Dementia Friendly Communities

    We will continue to play an active role in Dementia Action Alliances and dementia friendly communities work within Bolton, Salford and Trafford, supporting the establishment and growth of this work wherever possible. 


  • Antipsychotics

    We will audit all discharges of people with dementia from our inpatient services ensuring that when an antipsychotic is prescribed on discharge, there is a clear plan for review and the GP is informed of the rationale for treatment.

  • Supporting Carers

    We will have a robust framework fror supporting carers underpinned by a carers strategy.

    All our directorates will have a carers action plan to support ongoing development.

    We will be accrediated with two gold stars by the Carers Trust (Triangle of Care).

    All our clinical teams will have a carers champion to support carers.

  • End of Life

    We will support our patients in the development of advanced care plans

    We will develop practice and protocols in supporting people at end of life and offer end of life care if deemed clinically appropriate within our inpatient settings.

  • Timely/Early Diagnosis

    We will have a robust memory service that offers timely diagnosis and post diagnostic care and support in line with best practice standards.

  • Service improvement

    We will continually review our services through feedback from people living with dementia and their carers.

    We will act on feedback received and actively engage with our service users and carers when developing new services or considering service development opportunities.

  • Care for people with dementia

    We will provide a range of services for people with complex presentations both from and inpatient and community perspective.

    We will support people with dementia in the acute hospital trust by the provision of mental health staff on site (RAID Teams).

    All our service users will have a person centred assessment and plan of care which will be regularly reviewed. We will involve them and their carers where appropriate in this process.

  • Research

    We will ensure that people receiving a diagnosis are informed of the opportunities to participate in research through the Join Dementia Research Initiative.

    We will aim to increase the number of GMW patients supported to take part in research on a year on year basis.