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South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) provide a wide range of NHS mental health services in the UK including substance misuse services. Our services include the Maudsley Hospital and Bethlem Royal Hospital. The Trust works closely with the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London. SLaM forms part of one of England’s six Academic Health Sciences Centres, King’s Health Partners, with King’s College London, Guy’s and St Thomas’ and King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trusts.

Updated:
22 May 2017
Location:
London
Local Alliances:
Lewisham 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?

We provide a range of services for people of any age with dementia and for their carers that span the pathway from diagnosis to end of life.  Our services are focused on providing the best possible practice via the use of evidence based interventions utilising validated clinical outcome measures. The services we provide are as follows:

  • Memory Services
  • Community mental health teams
  • Care home intervention teams 
  • Home Treatment Teams
  • Acute inpatient units
  • Specialist care
  • Liaison services 

We work in partnership with a number of other agencies from the statutory and voluntary sector services and will also provide support and advice for other agencies looking after other people with mental health problems.

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

There is an increased recognition that people with dementia and their carers require a range of services across health, social care and the voluntary sector that meet their needs at particular stages of their lives. This means being able to provide services in a timely and efficient manner and in a joined up way that supports meaningful person centred care. One of the challenges we face include a lack of skills and knowledge in the wider community about person centred care and how to support someone to live well with dementia.  It is important that our teams and services improve understanding and awareness of dementia in the wider community.

Member website

www.slam.nhs.uk

2. Actions

  • To work with MindCare and other community based services to deliver more evidence based group interventions and ensure access for patients and their carers

    To work with MindCare and other community based services to deliver more evidence based group interventions (such as cognitive stimulation therapy and group interventions for carers) and ensure these are accessible to all those who have been diagnosed with dementia and their carers .

    Use our care pathways   http://mhoad.slam.nhs.uk/  to support delivery of evidence based interventions in the community.

     Further develop links with MindCare and other appropriate organisations to support implementation of forthcoming NICE Clinical Guideline on dementia (due to be published 2018).

    Status:
  • To train all our non clinical staff based in Lewisham to be Dementia Friends

    Deliver training sessions for our non clinical staff in all teams  to become dementia friends by December 2017.

    Status:
  • To develop and embed our support for carers within Lewisham

    Hayworth Ward is signed up to John’s campaign

     Work with the local community to increase the capacity of volunteers

     Further develop the work of our Service User and Community Group in Lewisham.

     Publicise our ‘If Only I’d Known’ course for carers of people with dementia more widely

    Status:
  • To develop and embed our support for carers within Lewisham

    Hayworth Ward is signed up to John’s campaign

     Work with the local community to increase the capacity of volunteers

     Further develop the work of our Service User and Community Group in Lewisham.

     Publicise our ‘If Only I’d Known’ course for carers of people with dementia more widely

    Status:
  • Develop Memory Services

    Work with primary care to agree sustainable programme of long term care planning and care co-ordination for all people with dementia and their carers, and to ensure there is an effective agreement around prescribing of dementia medication in line with latest NICE guidance and national good practice.

    Status:
    Initial Scoping