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Somercotes Medical Centre

General Practice in Derbyshire providing medical care and support to 7,000 patients.

Updated:
1 February 2018
Location:
East Midlands
Sectors:
Health, Medical
Local Alliances:
Amber Valley Dementia Friendly Community

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?

All staff in our practice treat our patients living with dementia and their carers with dignity and respect and involve them in discussions and decisions about their care. We will promote individually and as an organisation the seven outcomes in the National Dementia Declaration, both within the local community and in the healthcare sector, and play an active role in the Amber Valley Dementia Action Alliance. We will support our Dementia Champion in their role as an advocate for those living with dementia, valuing their opinion regarding decisions on services which may effect those living with dementia and supporting their role in training Dementia Friends in our community.

We will continue providing the carers clinic within the surgery to ensure person centred advice and support is provided to enable the carers to feel supported and valued within their role. This involves ensuring that carers are made aware of the Derbyshire Carers Association and providing information regarding the services they provide.

This will also incorporate raising awareness of the carers emergency card, particularly in relation to the contingency plans. This is to ensure that this is decided upon between our patient and their carer so that it guides professionals in a situation where the carer is not available, such as hospital admission. Thus making sure that support provided adheres to the wishes and needs of both the patient and their carer wherever possible.

We are committed to achieving Dementia Friendly GP status, and are currently undertaking this process to ensure that our practice remains person centred and need led.

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

Time needs to be made to review services, premises and proceedures in order to assess their impact on individuals with dementia and their carers. We need to change perceptions around Dementia to create a culture of Dementia awareness, understanding and compassion within both our own practice and the community as a whole. This will require education, understanding and leading by example.

We will work towards achieving the aims highlighted within the New Deal for dementia, and are committed to ensuring that all support our surgery provides is person centred, informed, inclusive and carried out in a dignified manner.

2. Actions

  • Creating a culture of Dementia awareness, understanding and compassion

    Through promotion of the Dementia Friends initiative, awareness sessions and the presence of our Dementia Champion at team meetings regarding services, we will ensure that our team remain mindful and understanding of the needs of those living with dementia and thier carers. 

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2016 - Third Quarter Update

    New Member

  • Promotion of Dementia Awareness within the local community

    We will support our Dementia Champion in delivering Dementia Friends awareness training to patients and carers in our local community.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2016 - Third Quarter Update

    New Member

  • Support those caring for people with dementia

    We will continue to work collaboratively with the Derbyshire Carers Association in providing Carer Support Clinics for all carers in our comminuty, including those supporting people living with dementia. 

    Status:
    Delivery

    2016 - Third Quarter Update

    New Member