New focus on getting to grips with dementia pathway

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An NHS organisation which helps give practical support in gathering data, evidence and tools to help improve the way care is delivered has produced resources about dementia care.

The NHS RightCare has published a scenario featuring fictional patient Tom and his wife and carer Barbara, to compare a sub-optimal dementia care pathway with an ideal pathway.

The scenario is the latest in the long-term conditions series. It aims to help commissioners and providers understand the implications, both in terms of quality of life and costs, of shifting the care pathway for those living with dementia from a reactive approach (primarily based on an acute response) to a proactive approach e.g. providing an integrated primary care and community-based response, with support from the voluntary sector. 

Our Dementia Strategy was published in December, with the ambition for EEAST to become a dementia-friendly organisation. Led by Area Clinical Lead Duncan Moore, some of the aims for 2017 include tier one training for individuals, surveying families who have used the 999 and PTS service for their experience, and working with the Fleet team on ensuring those living with dementia are properly catered for when conveyed.

You can read more about the strategy here.

Published 6th July, 2017

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