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Poundswick dental practice

Our aim is to become a dementia-friendly practice, with trained staff offering our patients a comfortable visit with information available for patients and carers.

9 January 2020
North West
Care, Communication, Community organisations, Health, Hospitals and Hospital Trusts, Medical, Other
Local Alliances:
Manchester 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 outcomes are to make our practice dementia-friendly for our patients and carers, ensuring they understand they are not a burden to our practice or staff. Ensuring all staff members are trained and support is offered. Leaflets and support services are available for patients and carers. Make small adjustments to our practice to ensure a comfortable visit. 

No discrimination or extra costs are involved and community services information also available. 

Dementia Friends Sessions for all our staff members to gain understanding and challenges patients and carers may face. 

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

Reading of the dementia friendly tookit. 

Dementia friends training for the whole pratice. 

Leaflets gained from alzimers society. 

Community resorces and information available. 

Staff meetings. 

Minor ajustments to ensure the practice is dementia friendly for patients staff and carers. 

Dementia walk to raise awareness. 

Campaigns and information leaflets available for pateints to access within our waiting room. 

2. Actions

  • Becoming Dementia friends Practice

    To book Dementia friends training for all staff members. 

    To gain up to date knowledge and understanding to provide the best care to our patients and carers, ensuring a comfortable visit to the dentist as possible to relieve any unnecessary stress. 

  • Dementia awareness course

    At least one Dentist to attend the November Dementia awareness Course, to provide and share recent updated knowledge with all staff members to ensure we can provide the most comfortable visit for all our patients sufferinf from Dementia regardless of the stage, family members and carers.

  • Dementia friendly practice/ kings fund audit

    We are aiming to provide a Dementia friendly practice with small implementations put in place within time, the implementations that can be put into practice to make a big change are stated within the Dementia friendly tookit. 

    Large clock viable Friendly, trained, patient staff Information leaflets and services available for patients and carers. Well signed Toilets, Exits, SurgeriesQuite area Ensuring patients are aware safegaurding procedures apply.Dignity Ensuring patients are taken in on time so distress is minimised when possiblePatient seeing the same regular Dentist Dementia friends training 


    2016 - First Quarter Update

    Our chosen reccomened small changes in accordance with Kings fund Audit are

    1) Artwork

    2) Large face clocks visable from all areas of waitinig room

    3) Clear signs and signage i.e. Toilets, doors and fire exits

    4) Even lighting ensuring no shadows due to position of blinds

  • Campaining and raising awareness

    Regular Campaigns and staff meetings, with updates to raise awarenss and offer continued support to patients, staff and carers. 

    Leaflets, posters and local services information 

  • Memory walk for staff members to raise funds and Dementia awareness

    Staff members to participate in the Memory walk, in aid of this we raise funds as a practice to help the organisations to deliver on going support and services, we also raise awareness and deliver on going support to the organisations involved. T shirts purchased by staff memebers, and photogrpahs of staff with consent shared on social media with the T shirts on to raise awareness gloabally.
  • Dementia friends champion

    for a member of staff to become a dementia champion 


    2020 - First Quarter Update

    a staff memebr to become a dementia freiends champion and deliver workshops to other staff members and comminities 

  • completion of Demenetia friendley dentistry

    improve care and overall experience for patients living with dementia, carers and family members 


    2020 - First Quarter Update

    continuous implementation