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Salford Clinical Commissioning Group

Salford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is made up of local GP's who, with the support of other health colleagues, are responsible for commissioning (buying) health services for the people of Salford. Every GP in Salford has agreed to join together and be part of Salford CCG. Each GP has signed up to take on an active role in making sure this organisation is a success; ensuring that Salford CCG commission high quality services that enable our population to live longer healthier lives. There is a strong belief amongst Salford GPs that we are well placed to deliver this agenda as they are the intermediary between patients and a wide range of health services, and therefore well-placed to make commissioning decisions that reflect the needs and priorities of their patients.

9 August 2013
North West
Health, Medical
Local Alliances:
Salford Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists a number of outcomes that we 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?

Salford Clinical Commissioning Group will: 

  • ensure all people with dementia will have to have access to a pathway of care that delivers: a rapid and competent specialist assessment; an accurate diagnosis, sensitively communicated to the person with dementia and their carers; and treatment, care and support provided as needed following diagnosis. The system will have the capacity to see all new cases of dementia in Salford (National Dementia Strategy – Objective 2). 
  • ensure our acute, community, intermediate care and specialist mental health hospital services deliver high quality health care and support to people with dementia and their carers. (National Dementia Strategy – Objective 8 and 9). 
  • ensure that quality standards, leadership support and specialist mental health support in nursing homes is implemented and monitored. (National Dementia Strategy – Objective 11). 
  • ensure people with dementia and their carers will be involved in planning end of life care in line will our local policy (National Dementia Strategy – Objective 12). 
  • deliver an integrated commissioning plan for mental health, including dementia (National Dementia Strategy – Objective 14). 
  • contribute to the delivery of Salford’s Dementia Friendly Community in Salford 
  • enable people with dementia and their carers to be engaged and involved. 
  • promote positive messages about dementia in Salford.

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

  • To ensure the level of financial investment for the identification, diagnosis and treatment of dementia is commensurate with the level of need
  • Working with NHS England, ensuring that GP and primary care services are provided with the necessary support to deliver improvements in dementia finding.
  • To ensure that commissioned providers are supported and challenged to continue to develop quality service for people with dementia and their carers.


2. Actions

  • Work towards improving diagnosis rates

    Salford CCG will introduce a support programme to GPs to facilitate a ‘find – assess – refer’ response to dementia diagnosis

  • Commissioning

    Salford CCG will commission a memory treatment and assessment service to national standards that will delivery quality diagnosis for people in Salford

  • Work with health providers

    Salford CCG will work with health providers in Salford to ensure that high quality services are commissioned and delivered to people with dementia and their carers

  • Support Nursing Homes

    The Continuing Health Care team will continue to support and monitor the provision and performance of leadership and service in Nursing Homes, including providing access to specialist mental health support

  • End of Life Care

    Salford CCG will ensure that the Transforming End of Life Care programme in implemented across the acute health provider sector in Salford

  • Integrated Mental Health Commissioning Plan

    Salford CCG will produce an integrated Mental Health Commissioning Plan that includes dementia