Dementia work programme

What is the programme and its aims?
In the East Midlands, 60,254 people aged 65 and over have dementia. This is projected to double in the next thirty years. In order to meet the needs of a growing population of older people with dementia (and their carers), there has been a national drive to expand and improve dementia services, which include the introduction of targets to improve dementia diagnosis rates. New standards are also being developed to ensure that once a diagnosis has been given, services are in place to provide on-going comprehensive care and support.

The focus of the dementia programme is to work with commissioners and mental health trusts to support the development of, and improve access to, high quality care and services for people with dementia and their carers. This includes:
  • Improving dementia diagnosis rates in line with the national standards
  • Assessing skills, knowledge and training of the workforce across the East Midlands.
  • Developing standards of care to improve care for dementia patients in acute hospital settings
  • Providing funding to support innovative solutions to help improve timely and responsive care for people with dementia who are in crisis
Why is the programme required?
In the East Midlands there is unacceptable variation in access to care and services for people with dementia and their carers including intermediate care services, specialist in-reach services and dementia liaison services for primary care.

Who are the partners?
  • Clinical commissioning groups
  • Mental health trusts
  • Acute trusts
  • Skills for Health
  • Local authority organisations
  • Health Education East Midlands
  • East Midlands Academic Health Science Network
  • East Midlands Clinical Research Network (NIHR)
  • East Midlands NIHR CLAHRC
  • Public Health England East Midlands
  • East Midlands Leadership Academy

How are we making a difference?
  • Case finding audit tool – Specific support has been given to clinical commissioning groups in Leicestershire and Rutland which has achieved an increase in dementia diagnosis rates by 10 per cent through case finding in nursing and residential care homes. The project is now being rolled out in Lincolnshire, with a view to wider spread across the East Midlands
  • Workforce development – working with Health Education East Midlands to identify the training that is currently being delivered by provider trusts at tiers 2 and 3 of the Dementia Core Skills and Knowledge Framework and to determine whether training that is being delivered is being properly evaluated.
What’s next?
The network will hold a series of workshops with commissioners, clinicians, mental health trusts and local authorities around specific areas including:

  • Early intervention and prevention to manage crisis and support independence for people with dementia and their family carers
  • Education, training and support for care home staff working with dementia
  • Integrated working and commissioning across health, social care and age groups
  • Managing the transfer from in-patient to community dementia services
  • The role of voluntary services in providing dementia care

What are the key resources?
Who to contact for further information?
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