Three Clinical Commissioning Groups in County Durham and Darlington, with support from its Commissioning Support Unit, adopted a collaborative approach to developing a dementia strategy that enshrines the principles in the State of the Nation Report on Care for People with Dementia.
This presentation discusses a proven process that was used to develop the dementia strategy, and the steps being taken to implement it.It also focuses on lessons learnt during the process.
It will outline the steps taken by a large stakeholder group, to stock take on what we had achieved; commission Healthwatch to engage with people with dementia; and to engage with clinicians between different foundation trusts to advise on how to most effectively address gaps that we identified. The drivers behind the mandate and supporting principles to enable us to work together are shared. The challenges and successes in completing the strategys sign off by the Health and Wellbeing Boards are highlighted. New areas such as the initiating of a Dementia Health Needs Assessment; the need for a must do project to establish a central point of information; attention to the needs of offenders with dementia, those who live alone, who call on the police for support etc. are also noted. Finally, a long term view on the need to extend a model of care to people with dementia and their carers who are living in the community is also highlighted.
Following the development of the strategy, specific steps have been taken forward by the Implementation Group for the strategy to categorise and prioritise the actions drawn from ten key priority areas, into manageable workstreams for lead organisations to be accountable for implementing are shared. The challenges in achieving a manageable implementation plan, are shared, in balancing inspirational expectations, against capacities, capabilities and funding resources for new commissioning intentions. Anyone who needs to develop a new strategy for dementia would benefit from this presentation.