Dementia

Care Planning in Dementia

Care planning is crucial in delivering improved care for people living with dementia, and supporting their families and carers. The importance of having a high quality care plan that is reviewed regularly is reiterated through its inclusion in the CCG IAF as one of the dementia indicators. It also forms a key part of the forthcoming evidence-based treatment pathway for dementia.

Simply having a care plan, whilst being a good start, is not enough. Any care plan needs to be personalised to the specific needs of each person with dementia and reflect changes in their care needs over time. To support the adoption of high-quality care plans NHS England has developed a guide Dementia: Good Care Planning, with input from people living with dementia, their carers and health and social care professionals.

The guide highlights key characteristics of a person-centred dementia care plan and is aimed primarily at commissioners and primary care colleagues who provide care plan reviews. However, it will also be of interest to anyone tasked with writing a care plan and to those in need of a care plan

The Well Pathway for Dementia

Models of dementia assessment and diagnosis

The Models of Dementia Assessment and Diagnosis: Indicative Cost Review is designed to provide CCGs and service providers with detailed information about real alternative models of dementia assessment and diagnosis, with a cost breakdown.

The report provides a snapshot in time of three models of dementia assessment and diagnosis currently being used in dementia care in the NHS in England. It presents indicative costs for each model along with the benefits for patients and carers, and considerations about developing the service, giving good insights into how a local Clinical Commissioning Group might approach a review of its local service with an aim to making improvements in their current practice.

Diagnosing dementia

Alistair Burns, the National Clinical Director for Dementia, has written this article about the skills required to make a dementia diagnosis. With more clinicians identifying that they have the required skills to diagnose dementia, the dementia diagnosis rate should improve nationally.

Diagnosing dementia: any appropriately skilled clinician can make the diagnosis and brain scanning not always needed

Dementia Diagnosis and Care in England: Learning from Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs)

Alistair Burns the National Clinical Director for Dementia has undertaken a number of visits to CCGs across the country in order to gather best practice and understand the challenges/barriers facing commissioners. These learning from these visits has been captured in this report:

Best practice in Memory Services: Learning from across England

This report summarises the findings from a series of visits carried out by NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Dementia, Alistair Burns supported by the team of NHS Improving Quality (Anne Wilkinson, and Susie Peachey) and the Memory Services National Accreditation Programme (MSNAP).

Public Health England Fingertips tool

NHS England commissioned Public Health England to develop a Dementia Intelligence Network (DIN). The DIN is a catalogue of data relating to dementia that acts to measure the outcomes set out in the Well Pathway for Dementia. Access the Fingertips tool.