What are cookies?

Our site uses cookies. A cookie is a small text marker stored on your computer that enables us to track the use of our website. We use cookies to help us understand what our users' interests and preferences are to ensure the website is as user friendly as possible.

This site only uses cookies in order to provide a service to visitors. No personal data is stored in cookies and cookies are not used in order to provide advertising. Cookies are used for the following purposes:

Learn more about cookies on aboutcookies.org

If you have any concerns about the processing of your personal data by the Dementia Action Alliance, please contact the Secretariat, c/o Alzheimer's Society, 43-44 Crutched Friars, London, EC3N 2AE.

Accept and continue

Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust

The Trust provides high quality, safe and innovative care to patients living with mental health conditions in the community, in their homes or in hospital. We provide services for adults of working age, adults with learning difficulties and older people. The Services for Ageing & Mental Health division, its community services were recently awarded Outstanding by the CQC, provides a number of services supporting people living with dementia and their carers. Our Memory Services and Dementia Navigators team ensure that people are given a timely and informed dementia diagnosis and provide support, treatment and advice to patients and their carers throughout their journey with dementia. More intensive specialist support is available through our Community Mental Health teams, Home Treatment team, Care Home Liaison teams and specialist dementia ward for those going through a period of significant change, at risk of, or in, crisis or hospital admission.

Updated:
29 May 2018
Local Alliances:
Camden 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 recognise the importance of a timely and informed decision and our Memory Services have the highest diagnostic prevalence rates in the greater London area.

We recognise the need for post-diagnostic support at all stages of the condition, not just after the initial diagnosis, and in partnership with our commissioners in both boroughs we are in a unique position to offer post-diagnostic support for the entire duration of the condition and regardless of the type of dementia.

We recognise the importance of research and the contributions people with dementia and their carers can make by taking part. With our research links with UCL psychiatry, we are at the forefront of developing and testing post-diagnostic interventions for people living with dementia and their carers.

We recognise the devastating effects of loneliness and isolation and we work closely with local and national partners to ensure that people with dementia and their carers continue to access to the community and take part in their hobbies and interests.

We recognise the enormous contributions of carers and impact of their caring role. In partnership with UCL we have developed a manualised intervention to support carers. For those who require additional support we offer individualised interventions.

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

The impact of the financial challenges to health, social care and the voluntary sector.

The increase in referrals to the Memory Services – which has been consistently rising since they were started in 2008.  

The recruitment of qualified nurses and occupational therapists wishing to work in dementia care.

Social care, primary and secondary care systems which don’t interface with each other.

Member website

www.candi.nhs.uk

2. Actions

  • Person-Centered and Holistic Support

    In partnership with commissioners we will continue to provide regular on-going holistic reviews to all people living with dementia in the community and carers.

    Clinical care Service is based on the bio-psycho-social model of dementia, which understands dementia as the interrelationship between neurological damage and psycho-social factors. The model supports the teams to understand the factors which influence the subjective dementia experience and identify interventions to support the person living with dementia and their carer(s). This makes our care and support person-centered, as it recognises that each person has a unique experience. This model allows us to work in a holistic way, as our interventions a range of different factor which influence this experience.

    We will ensure that all people living with dementia living in the community have a skilled allocated worker from one of our dementia services.

    Status:
    Delivery
  • Service user involvement

    We recognise the voices of people living with dementia and want to further develop service user involvement for our patients living with dementia.

    The Trust has a service user involvement policy and supports various forums and groups of services users. All patients and carers are offered the opportunity to give feedback in satisfaction questionnaires and the Friends & Family test.

    We are committed to provide adequate resources to ensure the groups for people with dementia set up in both our Memory Services continue to develop and grow. We will ensure that people with dementia are supported to get involved with Trust-wide service user involvement initiatives and that this is reflected in our service user involvement policy. 

    Status:
    Delivery
  • Support the Local Dementia Action Alliance and partnership working

    We are dedicated to creating a dementia-friendly Camden and Islington. We will attend the Camden Dementia Action Alliance meetings and work with our partners to make Camden more dementia-friendly. We will offer our support to set up an alliance in Islington and will work closely with commissioners and partner organisations to achieve this.

    Our Trust has a strong ethos of promoting independence and resilience. This is strengthened by working closely with health, statutory and voluntary community services and ensuring that service users and carers are able to achieve their goals around social engagement, finance and benefits, physical health and accommodation.

    Status:
    Implementation
  • Awareness and Understanding

    Many of our colleagues in the Trust will be affected by dementia – either through work or in their personal life. We will therefore commit to celebrate Dementia Action Week each year in May and World Alzheimer’s Day in September. We are also keen to roll out awareness sessions to staff in other divisions within our organisation and training for those more directly affected by dementia.

    We believe that working in dementia care is a rewarding career with plenty opportunities for development and progression. However, we understand that it is not a natural career choice for many. To promote working in dementia care we will continue to offer placements and work-experience opportunities to those interested in careers in nursing, social work, psychiatry, occupational therapy, social work and general medicine. 

    Status:
    Planning