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The Yeatman Hospital; Dorset HealthCare University Foundation Trust

Dorset HealthCare offers a wide range of community services covering the whole footprint of Dorset. We currently have 11 Community Hospitals that host outpatient clinics; Mental Health Services Community nursing services. We have in-patient beds that cater for step down patients from the acute setting following an acute episode of ill health and we take step up admissions direct from the community services and GPs. Many Community hospitals excel in end of life care and are GSF accredited. Over the past 12 months, the hospitals have been working towards a further accreditation for the National Quality Mark - 'Elder Friendly wards' which assesses how well we deliver care to people living wit Dementia. All our staff are trained to level one Dementia training as a minimum set and all our clinical staff have achieved level two Dementia training.The Yeatman Hospital is situated in the heart of Sherborne and is passionate anout standards of care generall and fell that much of what is taught as good practice for Dementia care can be transferred across the board for many other patients.

27 October 2017
South West
Local Alliances:
Sherborne & District 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?

Our organisation recognises the need to look beyond the diagnosis of Dementia and are very focused on delivering patient centered care. We recognise the important role that friends and family play and have rolled out Johns Campaign across all community hospitals in order to support those people with needs who wish to continue to be supported by their carers whilst in hospital. As a multi-disciplinary team (MDT), we pride ourselves on working in partnership with our patients and carers respecting their views and wishes and supporting their choices - even the risky ones! The community hospitals have community mental health teams on site who work as part of the MDT and assist with diagnosis and symptom control and management, offering the physical health teams support and advice - likewise the physical health teams offer support and advice to the mental health teams creating a seamless holistic package of care for the person and their family. We are passionate about treating our patients and carers  with dignity and respect which is one of the core values of Dorset HealthCare. These values are embedded within our recruitment and performance  processes. 

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

Committing staff time out to attend courses and events, we will always have competing demands on the service but we do expect a minimum standard of knowledge and skills which is not negotiable so we do achieve this goal but it's not with its tensions. 

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