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Bath and North East Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group

Bath and North East Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (BaNES CCG) is the NHS organisation that monitors and coordinates the delivery of health services on behalf of everyone living in Bath and North East Somerset. We are a membership organisation formed of the 26 GP practices across BaNES.  For many patients, their local GP is their main point of contact with the NHS and it is the GPs’ clinical expertise and patient insight that helps the CCG to ensure health services are the best they can be. However, GPs do not do this alone, within the CCG they work with a team of health care professionals and patient representatives to plan and deliver services.

3 August 2017
South West
Care, Health, Medical
Local Alliances:
Bath & North East Somerset

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?

The CCG employs approximately 75 people directly.  If all of our staff had an increased awareness of what it is like for people to live with dementia this would be beneficial on both a professional and personal basis. 

The CCG can also encourage its GP member Practices and its providers, to be more dementia aware and make their care environments more dementia friendly.    

Finally, the CCG brings together local dementia service providers on a quarterly basis, to review activity across the BaNES area. The CCG uses these meetings to facilitate joint working and avoidance of duplication by agencies as well as raising awareness of what resources are available in the BaNES area.  

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

The greatest challenge to delivery for the CCG and its providers will be resources, both financial and staff capacity.   

The CCG will also need to influence its member practices and provider organisations of the importance of being more dementia aware and motivate them to make their care environments more dementia friendly. 

Member website


2. Actions

  • Improve understanding of dementia amongst our staff including Board Members

    The CCG will arrange dementia friend sessions within work time for staff to attend as well as run a dedicated session for the Board.

    Being implemented

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    One session carried out with staff. A further session is booked for later in the year.

  • Improve understanding of dementia amongst our GP member Practices

    We will seek to encourage all GP Practices in BaNES to become Dementia Friendly GP Practices.  


    2017 - First Quarter Update

    The first couple of Practices have signed up to become 'dementia friendly'.

  • Dementia Awareness

    We shall discuss with Virgin Care, our new Community Provider from 1 April 2017 how they can improve dementia awareness amongst their staff.

  • Encourage our providers to consider dementia friendly design ideas when undertaking planned refurbishments/modifications to estate

    We are going to work with our providers to make them aware of how simple design ideas can make a difference to people with dementia.  We are going to encourage providers to incorporate dementia friendly design ideas in any planned refurbishment/modifications.


    2017 - First Quarter Update

    Possible improvments to premises are under discussion with the Providers Branding and Premises Team for consideration.