GPs and primary care play a crucial role in ensuring all their patients living with Dementia and their Carers have a diagnosis recognised and support needs met.
Despite the challenges of modern day primary care there are opportunities for GPs to use IT resources to understand their local populations, target at-risk groups and use proven clinical tools to ensure high levels of dementia diagnosis and consistent approaches to clinical care that reach across the Dementia and Frailty work streams.
The Yorkshire and Humber Dementia Clinical network has produced a range of tools and resources to help GPs identify, diagnose and support people living with dementia.
Meanwhile, people whose lives have been affected by dementia, their families and carers can get free help and support from a new service available across North Yorkshire.
The service is being provided by Dementia Forward and is funded by North Yorkshire County Council and the clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) covering the county, as part of their work to help people live independent, healthy lives for as long as possible.
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Dementia Forward referral information
Dementia Forward are funded by both the CCG and North Yorkshire County Council provide a number of services and different avenues of support and information to anyone who is interested in dementia, whether they have received a diagnosis, have concerns about their memory, support someone with memory problems, work in dementia care or just want to know more!
Dementia Support Advisors will provide confidential advice and information that will help you to:
- Understand dementia and what might happen in the future
- Choose the types of services and support that best meet your needs
- Stay connected to your local community by supporting you to take part in our range of wellbeing services
- Make informed decisions about your care, treatment, wellbeing and support needs
Further information can be found http://www.dementiaforward.org.uk/
People can be referred in as follows:
- Via the helpline – 03300 578592
- By email – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Through the online form at http://www.dementiaforward.org.uk/contact-helpline/
- By post – Dementia Forward, Community House, Ripon, HG4 1LE
Anyone can refer, including self-referrals.
Alzheimer's Society - Primary care support
Alzheimers Society are keen to work within General Practice alongside Dementia Clinics which enables the clinician to offer immediate signposting and therefore support to the patient, family or carers. People with dementia will then be supported and signposted to various support services including working with and referring into Dementia Forward.
Support can include:
- Telephone support with trained advisors
- Face to Face Support
- Advice with Lasting Power of Attorney
- Signposting to other services and support groups
- Support for people and their carers who may be concerned about dementia or memory symptoms