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Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides NHS mental health, learning disability, substance misuse and prison healthcare services across Sussex, and a developing range of specialist services across the south east of England and beyond.

Updated:
11 May 2019
Location:
South East
Sectors:
Health, Care, Hospitals and Hospital Trusts
Local Alliances:
Bexhill Dementia Action Alliance, Selsey Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists a number of outcomes thatwe are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers.How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering betteroutcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

Sussex has the highest prevalence of dementia in the country with almost 30,000 people living with dementia.  As the leading provider of specialist dementia services in Sussex, improving the outcomes for people with dementia and their carers is a top priority for Sussex Partnership.  Our dementia services include:

  • Memory Assessment
  • Living Well with Dementia for those with the most complex needs
  • Dementia Crisis
  • Dementia Care Home In-reach
  • Admiral Nurses
  • Psychiatric In-Patient Dementia Wards
  • Shared Care Ward and Mental Health Liaison in the general hospitals

As a teaching trust of Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Sussex Partnership has a national reputation for leading-edge research.  In addition to a dedicated Cognitive Treatment and Research Unit, Professor Sube Banerjee has recently taken up the post of Professor in Dementia.  This means patients from Sussex and further afield can participate in research trials and receive the most up to date treatment and care.

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

 

 

Sussex has a huge demographic challenge ahead and Sussex Partnership has been working collaboratively with commissioners and providers within a whole system approach to look at meeting increased demand; redesigning the pathway to focus on early intervention and prevention, reducing costly acute and residential care. Many of the services now provided by Sussex Partnership reflect the newly designed pathway and the challenge for us is to ensure that they are of the highest quality, meet local needs and are best value for money.  The organization has strong governance structures in place to do this with executive leadership. Our action plan reflects challenges that we want to address over the coming year, such as the our physical environments, the level of information we provide, carers support, quality assurance and improving end of life care.  All these directly impact on the experience of people with dementia and their carers using our services.

2. Actions

  • Dementia Friendly Environment Policy

    To develop a policy on incorporating dementia friendly environmental features into all future estates and maintenance projects so that over time all Trust buildings become dementia friendly.

     

    Status:
    Initial Scoping

    Update - First Quarter

    Nothing to report - new DAA member

    Update - Second Quarter

    N/A

    Update - Third Quarter

    N/A

  • Enhancing the Healing Environment

    To upgrade the Brunswick Ward, Hove so that it meets the key elements of the Kings Fund evidence base on Enhancing Healing Environments, such as improved lighting, signage, colour contrasting, dementia friendly garden etc

    Status:
    Planning

    Update - First Quarter

    Nothing to report - new DAA member

    Update - Second Quarter

    N/A

    Update - Third Quarter

    N/A

  • Carers Support Pathway

    To embed the Trust’s “Think Carer Programme” across the organization so that carers needs assessments and support are an integral part of activity at all points of the care pathway.

    Status:
    Implementation

    Update - First Quarter

    Nothing to report - new DAA member

    Update - Second Quarter

    N/A

    Update - Third Quarter

    N/A

  • Memory Assessment Service Accreditation

    To seek accreditation with the Royal College of Psychiatrists for our 3 Memory Assessment Services provided in West Sussex to ensure highest quality services

    Status:
    Initial Scoping

    Update - First Quarter

    Nothing to report - new DAA member

    Update - Second Quarter

    N/A

    Update - Third Quarter

    N/A

  • In-patient Unit Accreditation

    To seek accreditation with the Royal College of Psychiatrists for Grove Dementia Ward in West Sussex to ensure a highest quality service.

     

    Status:
    Initial Scoping

    Update - First Quarter

    Nothing to report - new DAA member

    Update - Second Quarter

    N/A

    Update - Third Quarter

    N/A

  • End of Life Care

    To roll out training in Initiating Advance Care Planning Conversations across dementia services within the organization so that the workforce is better equipped to support people with dementia and their carers to plan for the future

     

    Status:
    Planning

    Update - First Quarter

    Nothing to report - new DAA member

    Update - Second Quarter

    N/A

    Update - Third Quarter

    N/A

  • Information for People with Dementia and their Carers

    To review the information provided by the Trust to people with dementia and their carers both in leaflets and on the website so that it fully meets their needs.

     

    Status:
    Initial Scoping

    Update - First Quarter

    Nothing to report - new DAA member

    Update - Second Quarter

    N/A

    Update - Third Quarter

    N/A