Dementia Services in Harrogate Receive Regional Award

Thursday, 30th July 2015

Published: 30 July 2015

Dementia services in Harrogate and District have won the Yorkshire and Humber Dementia Quality Award for their approach to improving dementia services for patients, their families and carers.

Harrogate and District Clinical Commissioing GroupThere are approximately 2,800 people living with dementia in Harrogate and District. This award recognises the innovation shown by both NHS Harrogate and Rural District Clinical Commissioning Group and Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust who have been working together to improve detection, diagnosis and aftercare for these people.

Some key aspects of these efforts include working with GP practices to make routine dementia reviews more efficient, offering quicker access to specialist support and making additional services available at the memory clinic for people who need specialist care.

Dr Sweeney, GP and Governing Body Member at NHS Harrogate and Rural District Clinical Commissioning Group, commented:

“We are very proud of what we have achieved and are delighted that our work has been recognised at a regional level. The changes we have made will improve the quality of life for some of the most vulnerable people in our society. We will continue working to ensure people get an earlier diagnosis, are able to make informed choices about their future and can maintain their independence for as long as possible.”

Dr Olusoga, Consultant Psychiatrist and Senior Clinical Director at Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“Receiving this award is a reflection of all the hard work, effort and commitment that our staff have put into making contact with patients more meaningful and clinically effective. We are extremely proud of the achievement and we will continue to strive to improve the care we provide to patients and carers to support patients’ independence for as long as possible.”

Additional benefits of the work going on in the Harrogate area include:

  • Reduced waiting times for appointments at the memory clinic
  • Shorter timeframes for domiciliary care to start for a person with dementia
  • Reduced average length of stay in hospital following a crisis

Oliver Stirk, Director at Carefound Home Care, commented:

“It is great to see our local health bodies being awarded for their efforts in improving the wellbeing of people living with dementia in Harrogate. We support over 50 families through our hourly home care and 24-hour live-in care service locally, of whom approximately 60% are living with dementia. All of our team receive specialist dementia training in the Contented Dementia Trust’s SPECAL method which enables us to work closely with the local CCG, hospitals, GP practices and social care teams to deliver specialist dementia care of the highest quality. This ensures that more people have the option of remaining at home for longer where they are often happiest and able to live a contented, active lifestyle.”

To learn more about the hourly home care and live in care available from the Carefound Home Care team in the Harrogate area please do not hesitate to contact us on 01423 774070 or click here.