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Vesper Road & Morris Lane Surgery

We are a GP surgery based in Kirkstall, Leeds, caring for approximately 7,000 patients. We have four GPs, two nurses, two healthcare assistant, 6 receptionists and a practice manager. We are open five days per week from 08:00 am to 6:00pm, with an extended clinic until 8pm on a Monday evening.

Updated:
25 October 2019
Location:
Yorkshire and Humber
Sectors:
GP Surgery
Local Alliances:
Leeds 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?

In partnership with the Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) we want to raise Staff and Patient awareness of Dementia. We can do this by ensuring any Patients and Carers have access to support and advice through up to date leaflets and information being made available in both surgeries, through Educational events and the promoting of the DAA so that Carers and sufferers are aware that help is available. We will also be nominating a Dementia Champion from both surgeries, who will be able to co-ordinate Practice initiatives around the condition.     

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

Raising the initial awareness of the condition itself will be a challenge. Both Practices are extremely busy and it is very easy for Staff to become caught up in the maelstrom that is the daily routine in Primary Care. What we need to do is to encourage and help staff to become more aware that a patient who presents and appears difficult, might not be! We need to actively engage more with our Practice population.  

Member website

www.vesperroadsurgery.com

2. Actions

  • Promotion of Dementia Friendly Leeds

    In partnership with the Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) we want to raise Staff and Patient awareness of Dementia. We can do this by ensuring any Patients and Carers have access to support and advice through up to date leaflets and information being made available in both surgeries, through Educational events and the promoting of the DAA so that Carers and people living with dementia are aware that help is available. 

    Status:
    Planning
  • Raising awareness amongst staff through Dementia Friends

    We will also be nominating a Dementia Champion from both surgeries, who will be able to co-ordinate Practice initiatives around the condition. Raising the initial awareness of the condition itself will be a challenge. We need to actively engage more with our Practice population.  

    3 of our staff members have had Dementia Friendly Training.
    Status:
    Initial Scoping
  • Having up to date leaflets and information available for patients

    The surgery will update its leaflets and website with Dementia Friendly services in the local community.

    Status:
    Implementation