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The Homewell.Curlew Practice. Portsmouth

Our practice is situated in Havant and has a list size of 15,000 patients. We currently have 135 patients on our dementia register. We are continually working towards ensuring that all our dementia patients have a care plan and are reviewed regularly within our designated clinics. We have an Advanced Nurse Practitioner who runs the clinic and she has regular contact with the patients and their carers. The practice has an active Patient Participation Group, many of whom are directly involved with dementia friendly projects and are carers themselves and are actively involved in the practice's endeavour to become dementia friendly.

23 November 2016
South East
Local Alliances:
Hampshire 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?

At the practice we are responsibile for the pathway of a dementia patients and their carers.  This includes processes to ensure that new patients with dementia or carers are identified at the point of registration and are given supporting information and signposted to other services that may be of help to them.  Existing patients and carers are added to our register and seen at least annually or more frequently as required to ensure that there needs are being met.  Our Lead Nurse has attended numerous training courses and has many contacts with local services to ensure that patiens are looked after in the community.

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

Some of the challenges we face internally is ensuring that all the staff have the necessary skills to be able to recognise when a patients or a carer is in needs of additional support and this is why we are also keen to become a dementia friendly practice.

2. Actions

  • Homewell.Curlew Dementia Friendly Practice

    We have been working with the support of Wessex Academic Health Science Network  ISpace to attain dementia friendly recognition for the practice.

    Being implemented
  • Including people affected by dementia

    We already have an active Patient Participation Group with several members already carers or voluntary community workers and dementia friendly champions so we have made some significant plans with them to develop this over the forthcoming months, including setting up a meeting with a few carers and their dementia patients to discuss what changes they feel we could make at the practice to make a difference to their experience when they visit.

    Being implemented
  • Dementia Champion

    We already have an active Patient Participation Group with several  dementia friendly champions 

    Being implemented
  • Dementia awareness for stafff

    We have arranged for training to take place for all the clinical and non-clinical staff in July regarding dementia.

    Being implemented
  • up to date patient information

    We are in the process of completing an audit which identifies our existing patients and ensuring that they are have up to date care plans and are given the applicable information to ensure that they have access to the support services in the community.


    Being implemented
  • Using 'This is Me'

    We will be rolling our the use of the Alzheimer's Society "This is Me" leaflet in the forthcoming months.