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George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust

2 February 2018
West Midlands
Care, Health, Medical, Hospitals and Hospital Trusts
Local Alliances:
Nuneaton and Bedworth 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? 

George Eliot Trust has been committed to the implementation of a composite set of actions developed at the Royal Wolverhampton Hospital since November 2011.

At local level actions translate into:

  •  The creation of a local Dementia Strategy Steering Group.
  • Developed a Dementia Care Action Committee which has created an action plan.
  • Improving staff awareness and education to ensure that staff are sufficiently knowledgeable about the complex needs of patients with dementia.
  • To engage with partnership organisations, patients and carers to improve our existing care pathway for the management and care of people with dementia.
  • Improve the quality of patient care and the patent experience by engaging with patients and carers and listening to their views
  • Implementation of a dementia care bundle
  • Identification and measurement of nurse sensitive quality indicators
  • Improve patient safety in relation to specific high risk harms e.g. falls, malnutrition, hospital acquired infections, urinary tract infections
  • To adopt the national CQUIN measures for dementia and ensure that patients with memory problems are assessed, investigated and referred for specialist assessment and diagnosis.

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

The Trust must be able to adapt to changing healthcare environment to ensure that the objectives of the dementia strategy are kept high on the agenda both internally and externally.

  • Maintaining momentum and a persuasive case for change
  • Overcoming historical boundaries between NHS and social care to promote collaboration in terms of pathway development
  • Competing  financial constraints affecting not  only the NHS but also other agencies / stakeholders in the improvement process

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