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South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula CCG is responsible for commissioning local health and care services for patients in the area. This includes planned hospital care, urgent and emergency care and primary care. The CCG serves a local population of 216,500 with 29 member practices.

Updated:
21 August 2017
Location:
West Midlands
Sectors:
Clinical Commissioning Group, Health, Medical, Pharmaceutical
Local Alliances:
South Staffordshire Dementia Action Alliance, Tamworth Dementia Friendly Community

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?

South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula CCG is committed to supporting patients and carers with dementia, ensuring that patients are diagnosed quickly and efficiently and are coded onto the GP practice clinical systems to ensure they receive the support that is available to them.

A number of priorities have been identified to achieve and maintain a diagnosis rate of at least two thirds of those expected to have dementia across the CCG registered population, these include developing dementia friendly practices and communities in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Society, undertake regular validation of practice clinical systems to ensure all patients on dementia medication are included on the dementia register, delivering a targeted communications campaign to care homes to outline the services available locally, including community and voluntary sector support groups, and offering face-to-face appointments to patients diagnosed with dementia to review their diagnosis and/or care plan.

We appreciate that membership of the Dementia Action Alliance will have a very positive impact and therefore wish to become members.  It is essential that we nurture the development of Dementia Friendly Communities, which recognise and understand dementia; and are able to offer adequate and appropriate services to support patients throughout their dementia journey.

Our proposed actions have been identified in partnership with Cannock Chase CCG and Stafford and Surrounds CCG.  Each CCG wishes to become members of the Dementia Action Alliance and to build on actions already initiated to promote Dementia Friendly Communities.

In South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula, the dementia diagnosis rate (as at March 2017) is 58.74%.  By working together across our 3 CCGs we hope to improve the overall dementia diagnosis rate across South Staffordshire.

Skills, awareness and effective communication are recognised as crucial areas moving forward, including within GP Practices, across the CCG and with partner organisations.  Therefore, the identified actions 2 – 4 will promote Dementia Friendly GP surgeries, CCG staff awareness and strengthening links with partners to share ideas, information and developments.  The CCG will promote local and national events and resources in order to increase knowledge in relation to dementia across GP Practice and CCG staff.

Based on the insight available, there are currently four GP Practices in the South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula CCG area that have held a Dementia Friends session.  There four GP Practices that are members of a Dementia Action Alliance with a further two GP Practices progressing their applications.  We aim to encourage and support GP Practices across the CCG area to become Dementia Friendly.

The CCG will monitor the completion of the actions we have identified and, with an understanding of the needs of the local population, will adapt these actions as necessary to maximise potential impact.

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

There are a number of potential challenges to completing our identified actions, including:

  • The successful implementation of our actions may be effected by the capacity of CCG colleagues and GP Practice colleagues.  To reduce this impact, we hope to make these actions part of day-to-day routines with streamlined processes, coordinate training activities at times where capacity may be available and share attendance at group / network sessions across colleagues to minimise impact on capacity.  There is Senior leadership sign up to maintaining Dementia Action Alliance membership.
  • Engagement with colleagues on these initiatives from the CCG and GP Practices may be a challenge, especially as there may be additional priorities and pressures.  Therefore, a variety of communication and engagement routes can be used, regular communication shared as / when appropriate and we can encourage innovative ways to share and learn together (not necessarily always through formal mechanisms).
  • Understanding the positive impact of our actions may be a potential challenge in the future.  We may overcome this through seeking out case studies from Dementia Friendly practices, from CCG colleagues trained as Dementia Friends, analysis of dementia diagnosis rates and feedback received from patients and carers.
  • It will be an important challenge to maintain momentum and drive across the CCG and GP Practices to continuously strive towards our contribution to having Dementia Friendly Communities in the South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula area.  We will aim to maintain momentum by, for example, monitoring our action plan, adapt the plan as necessary, celebrate success across CCGs and maximise opportunities to take part in national or local campaigns (e.g. Dementia Awareness Week).

Member website

www.sesandspccg.nhs.uk

2. Actions

  • Improve dementia diagnosis rates

    South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will work with GP Practices to promote improved dementia diagnosis rates through Practice Action Planning, promoting data validation on patient clinical systems and monitoring levels of dementia rates on an ongoing basis.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2017 - Third Quarter Update

    New member

  • Support Practices to become ‘Dementia Friendly’ GP Surgeries

    The CCG will encourage all South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula CCG member GP Practices to become ‘Dementia Friendly’ GP surgeries.  The CCG will monitor the number of Dementia Friendly practices, recognise developments undertaken and encourage shared learning.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2017 - Third Quarter Update

    New member

  • Provide CCG links with local Dementia Action Alliances to ensure important information is shared both from and to partners.

    The CCG will participate in local Dementia Action Alliance groups and will disseminate communication to and from GP Practices, other CCG colleagues and wider partners through existing CCG communication methods, as appropriate.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2017 - Third Quarter Update

    New member

  • The CCG will participate in local Dementia Action Alliance groups and will disseminate communication to and from GP Practices, other CCG colleagues and wider partners through existing CCG communication methods, as appropriate.

    The CCG will share information with staff on dementia, such as via the CCG intranet website.  Masterclass sessions will be delivered for CCG staff to enable them to become ‘Dementia Friends’, if they have not already undertaken this session, to help them have a greater awareness of dementia in their roles.  The number of colleagues that are ‘Dementia Friends’ will be monitored and action taken as necessary.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2017 - Third Quarter Update

    New member