Lincolnshire East Clinical Commissioning Group

Lincolnshire East Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is made up of 30 GP practices across these localities - Boston Area, East Lindsey and Skegness and Coast - covering an area of 1,060 square miles and a population of 244,907 people. It's our job to understand the health needs of local people to invest in services that will give our patients, better healthcare. We have a vision of a CCG where clinicians are working together to improve the quality and cost effectiveness of care, with resources based on need, and which benefits all of our patients as fairly as possible.

Updated:
24 August 2017
Location:
East Midlands
Sectors:
Clinical Commissioning Group
Local Alliances:
Skegness Area Dementia Action Alliance, Boston 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?

Lincolnshire East Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is signed up to the Lincolnshire Joint Strategy for Dementia 2014-2017. The CCG is currently undertaking a review of the whole dementia pathway from pre-diagnosis to end of life,to support best practice in service delivery for the needs of patients and their carers aligned to the phases of the dementia journey identified in the Strategy. We are committed to improving the quality of life and experience for individuals and their families recognising the importance of care and support as early as possible to enabling people to live as well and independently as they can. The CCG is a commissioner of a wide range of services which may be used by people with dementia, their families and/or their carers and a key stakeholder working with other partners who may also provide services to these patients. The services provided by its members, often front-line GP practices, may provide a first point of contact for patients worried about their memory or cognition and looking to engage with services. The CCG recognises it has a key role to work within the community to promote and be part of the development of Dementia Friendly Communities.

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

We have a high population of elderly people in Lincolnshire East CCG and high prevalence of Long Term Health conditions, this places significant demand on local health and social care services and economy, added to these increasing financial challenges and conflicting priorities within the NHS. At local stakeholder events it has been feedback patients and carers have not always had a positive experience of the care and response they have received in relation to their condition, support has not always been found torespond to actively seek out and assess issues, and services can feel fragmented as patients have contact with multi professions. In making improvements to the dementia pathway we need to ensure we fully understand the needs of individuals, how we ensure the improvement we make are sustainable and have a positive impact that is realised by the people effected, and ensure we work with all our partners in care and support/services so there is a more collaborative and coordinated approach. Early identification and intervention is crucial in helping people to live independently for longer, we need to identify ways to continue to raise awareness, reduce stigma and promote a more proactive culture around seeking help, healthy living and personal choice.

2. Actions

  • LECCG Dementia Pathway Review

    The CCG is currently undertaking a review of the whole dementia pathway from pre-diagnosis to end of life, to support best practice in service delivery for the needs of patients and their carers aligned to the phases of the dementia journey identified in the Strategy

    Status:
    Being implemented
  • Improve diagnosis rates to 67%

    Early identification and intervention is crucial in helping people to live independently for longer.  We are working with key stakeholders to raise awareness, redcue stigma and idntifiy ways to support earlier presentation and diagnosis.

    Status:
    Being implemented
  • Dementia Friendly Communities

    We are working towards making Lincolnshire East a Dementia Friendly Community. We continue to work to raise awareness and to support the spread of Dementia Friends to as many partners in care and support as possible. We have established local DAA's in each of the 3 localities. I am an active member of watch of the local DAA and am the Chair of the Skegness Area DAA - we also provide the administrative function for this group. Actions to become Dementia Friendly Communities are being identified at the meetings and I am undertaking/supporting those actions.

    Status: