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Thornton and Denholme Medical Practice

Thornton & Denholme Medical Practice with 8500 patient works as part of the ‘Westcliffe Group’ in that there are formal ties within the partnerships of these practices linking them together. This allows for the sharing of clinical and non-clinical staff and therefore expertise across a group of practices as well as joined up strategic planning for service delivery. The other practices that are part of the Westcliffe Group are The Willows Medical Centre (Queensbury), Westcliffe Medical Practice (Shipley) and Cowgill Surgery (Clayton).

31 January 2017
Yorkshire and Humber
Care, Clinical Commissioning Group, Health, Medical, Research Sector
Local Alliances:
Bradford District 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?

On a Local and Regional level, one of the Westcliffe Alliance Partners Dr Sara Humphrey has developed a Specialist Interest in Care of the Elderly and now supports the Bradford City & Districts Clinical Commissioning Groups, Bradford Dementia Strategy Group and the Y&H Strategic Clinical Network in developing services and pathways to support both patients with Dementia and their Carers. This has involved developing self-care and advance care planning resources to ensure patients and carers have personal choice and knowledge to live their lives well, as well as ensuring that services are designed around their needs.

On a practice-based level we have actively engaged and supported our Patient’s with Dementia and their Carers and have used audit tools to ensure that every patient with Dementia is known about and registered on our disease Register.We are now ensuring that all out patients have Care Plans in place to ensure they live their lives well and they get the support they require.

We are an active Research Practice led by Dr Ruth Stockwell and  Dr Sara Humphrey leads the Bradford Research Clusters 1&2 and has encouraged the practice to actively engage in the 'Join Dementia Research 'Campaign.


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

The NHS like other organistations as been hit by the government auserity measures which means that it is a challenge to maintain a high level of service despite falling incomes and difficulties with recruitment.

We are trying to meet these challenges with new ways of working.

Once a diagnosis has been established, a more considerable challenge is ensuring Care Planning of all types is undertaken in a meaning & engaging way with patients and their carers, so it makes a difference to their lives. This not only involves staff awareness training but also education on the care planning process

2. Actions

  • Raising awareness of Dementia amongst staff

    To invite a Dementia champion in to one of our practice PLT events and encourage all staff who do not normally attend to go on Dementia Friends website and watch the 5 minute video.

  • Raising Awareness of join dementia and research generally

    The practice is part of Bradford Primary Care Research cluster 1 and actice in research. We are actively involved with developing research studies with our local care trust and also with Leeds Becket University "What works in Dementia Training and Education we would like to increase our involvment in recruiting patients to Dementia related research and also in helping patients to access research via joint Dementia research.

    We have developed a patient notice board show casing how they can get involved in research and what studies we are recruiting to at present.

  • Ensuring the enviroment of the surgery is Dementia Friendly

    Carrying out is your Health Centre Dementia Friendly EHE Enviormental Assessment Tool.

  • Developing a Dementia Champion to work within the practice

    Identify a Practice Health Champion to attend training to become a Dementia Champion, who can then attend meetings and be involved in local initiatives to raise awareness.

  • Ensuring the surgery is supportive and enabling when patients with Dementia and their carers access our services.

    All staff to undertake Dementia Friendly awareness so they have an awareness of the condition and understand the person behind the diagnosis. All staff will wear dementia friendly badges and we sign up to Hello my name is .........

    To intoduce patient centred care planning by introducing the Year of Care what makes a difference prior to care planning appointments to allow patients and carers to set the Priorities and goals that are important them.