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Preventing Well

Health matters: midlife approaches to reduce dementia risk

Published 22 March 2016

Dementia is not an inevitable part of ageing. This resource for health professionals and local authorities makes the case for action in midlife to promote healthy lifestyles that can reduce the risk of dementia.

Diagnosing Well

The national diagnosis rate for people with dementia as at end of June was 66.6%.  75% (15 out of 20) CCGs are currently at or exceeding the two-thirds ambition.  Monthly rates at CCG level and numbers on GP practice dementia registers are now made available at: https://www.england.nhs.uk/mentalhealth/dementia/monthly-workbook/.

DiADeM Tool – Diagnosing Advanced Dementia Mandate (for care home setting) - http://www.yhscn.nhs.uk/media/PDFs/mhdn/Dementia/Meetings/RDL%2028062016/1.2.3.%20Regional%20dementia%20leads%20meeting%2028th%20June.pdf - With thanks to Yorkshire and the Humber Clinical Networks for the link to the PDF.

Dementia Coding

The Strategic Clinical Network has been collaborating with GPs to improve dementia diagnosis rates. This guidance document is prepared for use across the North region to provide a consistent way of coding dementia in GP practices and can be downloaded here

An example diagnosis letter template can be downloaded here.

Dementia Quality Toolkit

The Dementia Quality toolkit is a set of system searches (and supporting documentation) for general practice to help practices identify patients who have Read/CTv3 codes in their notes that may suggest dementia but who have NO corresponding dementia diagnosis.

Supporting Well

Access to safe high quality health and social care for people with dementia and carers

  • Choice

  • Housing

  • Hospital Treatments

  • Technology

  • Health and Social Services

  • Hard to Reach Groups 

Living Well

Carers of People with Dementia Webinar

Yorkshire and the Humber CN in partnership with TIDE and Life Story Network presented a Carers of People with Dementia webinar on 28th July 2016 12:15pm.

This 45 minute webinar covered:

  • The importance of focusing on carers
  • A carers perspective  
  • The diversity of needs across different carers groups. 

The slides are available to download here: 

Thank you to Ray Carver for providing a very honnest, powerful and moving reflection of her own caring experiences. 

The webinar is available to view below:

 

With thanks to the Yorkshire and the Humber Clinical Networks

Dying Well

Clinical dementia rating (CDR) and Gold Standards Framework prognostic indicator guidance

Click here to access an electronic copy of the staging of the clinical dementia rating resource.

Click here for the GSF prognostic indicators guidance for clinicians to support earlier recognition of patients nearing the end of life

Researching Well

Join dementia research 

Join Dementia Research, a place to register your interest in participating in dementia research.

Dementia affects 850,000 people in the UK.

The only way to beat the condition is through research.

Anyone, with or without dementia, can register as a volunteer or sign-up for someone else, providing that you have their consent.

Signing up is the first step in becoming involved in supporting vital research studies across the nation.

 


How can people get involved?

You can register for the service by:
  1. Visiting www.joindementiaresearch.nihr.ac.uk
  2. Contacting one of the charities’ helplines:  

Alzheimer's Research UK: 0300 111 5 111

Alzheimer's Society: 0300 222 1122

What is so special about the service?

You can see which studies your information matches to, and can also express an interest in finding out more about studies. However, there is absolutely no obligation to take part in any of the studies. Current research studies range from clinical trials of new treatments to surveys identifying what works in improving the quality of life of people with dementia. 

How can you help?

  • Find out what dementia research is taking place in the network.

  • Order and display free materials: Handing out materials, application forms and displaying posters. You can order materials at weborder.formara.co.uk/jdr.
  • Encourage people to sign up online or talk about the service to anyone they know who has dementia or is caring for someone with dementia.
  • Sign yourself up to the service as many of the studies are looking for healthy volunteers.

Integrating Well

No information for this yet.

Commissioning Well

Cheshire and Merseyside SCN have an established Collaborative Commissioners Forum where Commissioners of Dementia Services can meet to discuss the challenges they face and learn from each other. Since the reorganisation of the SCN to encompass the North West Coast we are keen to establish a similar forum to serve the needs of Lancashire and Cumbria.

Training Well

DementiaDO

DementiaDO…the basics successfully incorporates the 5 key messages from Dementia Friends information sessions and the additional learning needs of NHS staff requiring Tier 1 training. This is the first time a joint package has been produced which is endorsed by both Public Health England (for Tier 1) and the Alzheimer’s Society (for Dementia Friends). Developed by Andy Tysoe – a Memory Nurse based at the Countess of Chester Hospital, training is delivered with an infectious enthusiasm. Andy is passionate about spreading a better understanding about dementia throughout the whole community.

As well as working at the Countess of Chester Hospital, Andy spends some time working in the local community, here he has been instrumental in establishing a dementia friendly checkout at Tesco’s in Chester.