Dementia Previous Projects

Parity of access to memory services in London for the BAME population

The Dementia Clinical Network led on a piece of research which investigated whether referrals to memory services in London reflected the ethnic diversity of the population. The paper has been published in Ageing and Mental Health, and can be viewed here.

Resources for professionals working with Black, Asian, Minority and Ethnic (BAME) group

The Dementia Clinical Network has been working with the Alzheimer’s Society to produce a resource page for health and social care professionals working with people from BAME communities. Resources include translated information, examples of good practice and outreach projects working with BAME communities, translations and cultural adaptations of cognitive assessment tools and more. This is a live resource and will be updated as new sources are identified.  We hope you find this information useful. To request a resource be added, please email england.london-scn@nhs.net

Nutrition and carer involvement in acute hospitals

In 2017 a peer review project observing nutrition and carer involvement in the first 48 hours of admission was completed in Summer 2017. A best practice guidance and audit tool was produced. Two key take home messages were highlighted:

  1. The majority of older patients in the emergency department were unaccompanied
  2. During mealtimes on wards good practice was witnessed – this was not the case outside meal times

Read about the project.

Dementia training in care homes

In June 2016 the Dementia Clinical Network collaborated with two London Academic Health Science Networks, UCLPartners and the Health Innovation Network, to spread innovative dementia training to care homes across London. The role of the training providers was to provide ‘train the trainer’ sessions to selected staff from care homes so that they could deliver the training themselves, and then support them to deliver their first training session to their peers at their own care homes. A total of 38 care homes across six boroughs participated in the project. 65 people were trained as trainers and 223 staff received local training.

  • 96% of trainers reported they were confident/equipped to deliver training in their work place.
  • 77% of care home staff reported an increase in their understanding of the needs of people living with dementia.
  • 78% reported an increase in their understanding of how to communicate with someone with dementia.
  • 55% said they would register with JDR (south London).
  • 7 additional Join Dementia Research sessions held at friends and family meetings.

Access the full report and Dementia Training Resources for Care Homes

Antipsychotic data

We reviewed antipsychotic prescribing data in London in October 2018.

There was a variation across the CCGs in London from 13% to 6%. It also appears that most people with a diagnosis of dementia who have been prescribed antipsychotics do not have a secondary diagnosis of psychosis You can view the graphs with this data.