Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
We are dedicated to making a positive difference and to providing care with compassion; our vision is to make a difference for you, with you. We deliver many of the NHS services that are provided outside of hospital and in the community, including physical, mental health and specialty services. Because we put the person at the centre of all we do, we focus on delivering care that is as easy to access as possible. Our care extends to people in the community, as well as in hospitals and clinics. Our Trust strategy ‘DIGBQ’ describes what we need to accomplish to achieve our vision: Develop in partnership, Innovation, Grow our staff capability, Build a sustainable organisation, Quality and safety at the foundation of all we do. NHFT provides services across the whole of Northamptonshire. Our services for people with dementia are represented in each sector of the county with services spanning Memory Assessment services, Community Mental Health teams and psychiatric in-patient services as well as a countywide service for Younger People with Dementia covering diagnosis and post-diagnostic support. Furthermore we support people with dementia and their families with many of our other services including the Falls Prevention service, community nursing and continence advisory services.
- 17 July 2018
- East Midlands
- Hospitals and Hospital Trusts
- Local Alliances:
- Northamptonshire 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?
NHFT has made a commitment to meet the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia 2020 at several levels. We have been involved in many partnership projects to improve knowledge of dementia within the community and all our staff, improve access to high quality dementia assessment and intervention and ensure carers are able to access the support they need. Furthermore we have developed comprehensive programmes for post-diagnostic support and continue to develop our services through co-production with services users and their families.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
In Northamptonshire we have a growing population which will have an impact on the rate of referrals to our services. Furthermore, we have a higher proportion of older people than many other counties of similar sizes.
We need to ensure that we are part of a countywide focus to ensure person-centred care plans are in place and accessible to all services (statutory and voluntary) and that these cover not just mental health, but physical health, plans to support admission avoidance and promote end of life care.
Partnership projects with local organisations to help people live well with dementia
NHFT has been jointly involved in developing and delivering the UnityDem meeting centre in Northampton with several local partners (University of Northampton, First for Well-being, Alzheimer’s Society, Northamptonshire Carers, Age UK) which launched in March 2018. This is the first urban site in the UK to develop a meeting centre for people with dementia and their families. It is hoped that if it is successful, this pilot site will be replicated in other areas of the county.
Review the service pathways for people with dementia
Explore whether the current service model fits the needs of people with dementia and their families.
- Initial Scoping
Ongoing co-production of services with people with dementia and their family
Mapping out with service users and their families the future shape of services, how these are delivered and sharing our learning.