Always thinking of dementia patients’ safety

5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust's Home Care Liaison Team
5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust's Home Care Liaison Team

A LOCAL initiative aimed at improving care for people with dementia has reached the final stages of the prestigious Patient Safety Awards 2013.

The 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which covers the Wigan and Leigh area, is one of just eight trusts nationally to make the judges’ cut in the Changing Culture category.

The Trust has created a new multi-disciplinary Care Home Liaison Team which goes into nursing and care homes and works closely with staff to improve the health and well-being of residents with dementia.

Kate Dutton, advanced nurse practitioner, said: “National Dementia Awareness Week is a great time to celebrate the fact that this truly innovative project has been recognised at a national level by the Patient Safety Awards judging panel,

“We are working positively with residential care and nursing home staff to reduce anti-psychotic prescribing; minimise the likelihood of a resident having to go to hospital for an in-patient stay, and to support improved care planning. Ours is an intensive, person-centred, nurse-led approach with the potential to benefit more than 170 nursing and care home residents across the Trust’s footprint.”

The team responds rapidly to urgent and routine referrals to carry out mental health memory assessments allowing early intervention and treatment. Support, training and advice is also available on issues relating to the symptoms and behaviours associated with mental health illness including dementia.

Referrals are accepted for people who live in residential care and nursing homes in Wigan, Leigh, Ashton, Knowsley, Warrington, Halton and St Helens. The Care Home Liaison Team can be contacted between 9am and 5pm on 01925 664050.

The winners of the Patient Safety Awards 2013 will be announced on July 9 in London.

l Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group, Wigan Council and 5 Boroughs Partnership have been working together to raise awareness of dementia. See tomorrow’s Evening Post for details.