6. Educate; promote

Educate; promote

Questions to consider

  • what is the ‘diagnosis gap’ in my practice?
  • what are the needs of people living with dementia, on my practice list?
  • what do our patients’ experience tell us? what do our staff tell us?
  • how can we improve their experience, and achieve better outcomes?
  • do patients and carers/families have access to the right information and support, at the right time?

DRIVER: True prevalence and diagnosis rate for GP patient registered list

ActionsResourcesExamples
Estimate true prevalence and calculate local diagnosis rate:

  • estimated prevalence of dementia in the community,
  • estimated prevalence of dementia in local care homes.

Use true local prevalence as a baseline in order to establish ‘diagnosis gap’ and local trajectories for improvement. Estimate:

  • local diagnosis rate
  • local ‘diagnosis gap’ in the community, and among patients living in care homes
  • patients with co-morbidities
  • potential needs of carers/families

DRIVER: Knowledge, skills and capacity

ActionsResourcesExamples
Listen to the voices of people living with dementia.
Review learning needs, and build in to General Practice team development plans training and education in dementia recognition, assessment, and care.
Consider new roles, and new ways of working to support people with memory problems and a diagnosis of dementia, and their carers/families in primary care and the community.

DRIVER: Recognition and support

ActionsResourcesExamples
Ensure patients and carers/families have access to a range of information about memory problems, and dementia
Promote and support dementia friendly communities.
  • Bristol as a Dementia Friendly City

    This project aims to move Bristol towards becoming a ‘dementia-friendly city’ in which people with dementia can enjoy the same opportunities to take part in a social life, live independently and engage in everyday activity as other people, without fear of stigma or rejection. Read more »

  • Dementia Action Alliance

    The Dementia Action Alliance brings together organisations across England committed to transforming the lives of people with dementia and their carers. Read more »

  • Dementia friendly Plymouth

    This project aims to make Plymouth a dementia friendly city in which people with dementia can enjoy the same opportunities to take part in a social life, live independently and engage in everyday activity as other people, without fear of stigma or rejection. Read more »

  • Dementia Health Integration Team Bristol and South Gloucestershire

    The Dementia Health Integration Team (HIT) is a team of professionals who are all working together to transform care for dementia patients across Bristol and South Gloucestershire through comprehensive research, integrating and improving care services, and by creating dementia-friendly communities. Read more »

  • Dementia Resource Suite

    The Dementia Resource Suite contains tools and resources developed by pupils and teachers as part of an intergenerational project, to create dementia friendly communities in 22 pioneer schools across England in 2012-13. Read more »

  • Developing a more Dementia Friendly Hampshire

    The project aims to establish sustainable dementia friendly communities across the county of Hampshire, reaching as full a range of different communities as possible. Read more »

  • Making University Hospital Southampton dementia friendly

    This project aims to ensure that staff working in University Hospital Southampton are dementia aware and have the appropriate skills to meet the needs of people with dementia. Read more »