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Dementia Update - April 2018

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Many thanks for your continued efforts in the sphere of Older People's Mental Health, and in particular on dementia.

Our latest CCG dementia diagnosis figure currently stands at 64.6%, which is slightly reduced from last month, and 2.4% under the national ambition of 67% - still so close!

In order to assist in the objective of closing the existing gap between present dementia diagnosis performance and the target, I wanted to highlight the following:

As indicated previously, we are pleased to have finalised our Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Dementia Strategic Plan 2018-2023, which will dovetail in with the CCG STP priorities.

I shall be focusing on various actions within the plan from a Primary Care perspective, specifically at a Primary Care Task and Finish Group. Contributions to this work from yourselves would be extremely appreciated. Should you be interested in participating, then please do get in touch with me at malav.bhimpuria@nhs.net.

Jo Pugh (CCG Project Support Manager – Dementia) and I thank you all very much indeed for your recent 17/18 Nursing and Residential Homes LES submissions. The amount of input on collating the data is fully recognised and really valued.  We wish to understand the impact of the inclusion of the dementia criteria within the Nursing and Residential Homes LES, and the level of new diagnoses that have been confirmed as a result.The outcome of our analysis will be communicated in due course.

For your reference, we have produced a leaflet and checklist appertaining to the iSPACE initiative outlining steps to take in order to become a Dementia Friendly Practice. I would urge you to implement this beneficial approach in your surgeries to ensure that dementia patients receive the highest standard of care.

Any further queries or requests for support on this can be directed either to myself or Jo (e-mail: jo.pugh1@nhs.net) and we will be happy to advise you.

 You may be aware that the “Keep Your Head” website went live in February (http://www.keep-your-head.com/adults). It was developed by local NHS, voluntary sector and local authority organisations to provide a central hub of quality information on mental health and mental health services.

Lois Sidney from the SUN Network (the organisation responsible for maintaining the site) is keen to obtain your feedback on any additional dementia content you may feel needs to be incorporated. Please contact her electronically at: lois.sidney@sunnetwork.org.uk

Finally, if I could draw your attention to the “Reading Well Books on Prescription – Dementia” guide and form. Such a concept comprises the recommendation of books that individuals might find helpful if they have dementia, are caring for someone with dementia, or would like to find out more about the condition. The books cover information and advice, help after diagnosis, practical guidance for carers and personal stories.

A resource definitely worth utilising!

Once again, thanks for your time and ongoing support.

 

Dr Malav Bhimpuria.

MB BS BSc (HONS) FRCGP DCH DRCOG PCMedEd.

GP Principal.

Clinical Lead, Older People's Mental Health, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group.

e-mail: malav.bhimpuria@nhs.net