Yorkshire and the Humber Clinical Networks

About us

The Yorkshire and the Humber Clinical Networks work to enable and facilitate whole system improvements and patient outcomes, supporting, influencing and working alongside commissioners and other stakeholders.

The Networks provide clinical leadership and advice, enables significant and lasting quality improvement, and contributes to system improvement.

Find out more about the Yorkshire and the Humber Clinical Networks at www.yhscn.nhs.uk. Follow the Networks on Twitter @NHS_YHSCN and the Mental Health and Dementia team @YHSCN_MHDN.

Our work

Our Dementia work priorities are to:

  • Develop systems and process which will facilitate an increase in the quality and timeliness of diagnosis rates in primary and secondary care for dementia
  • Develop a consistent model for Yorkshire and Humber on post diagnostic support so patients have a more positive experience of care
  • Reducing the use of anti-psychotic medicines for people with dementia in care home settings
  • Dashboard of dementia information to benchmark CCGs
  • Scope the impact of MH liaison teams for dementia to avoid admission to hospital

Anticipated outcomes include:

  • An increase in people with dementia receiving a formal diagnosis.
  • An increase in the proportion of people receiving a diagnosis when they are in the mild to mid stages of illness and having a full diagnostic assessment.
  • An increase in the length of time people with dementia are cared for at home.
  • Improvements in reported patient and carer experience.
  • Reduction in dementia-related emergency admissions and achievement of CQUINs
  • Improved quality of life for people with dementia currently living in care homes.
  • Reduction in the number of deaths for people with dementia where a fall or stroke is a contributory factor.
  • Workforce awareness and education to be dementia friendly by 03/14

We are consulting with stakeholders on the following possible work priorities:

  • Increase the percentage of people with dementia who have a formal diagnosis
  • Understand the reasons for the variation in diagnosis rate across Yorkshire
  • Meet the Prime Minister’s Challenge of 66% by 2015
  • Decrease the wait for memory services, suggested national target is 6 weeks
  • Education and training in dementia awareness
  • Increase number of dementia friendly communities
  • Increase number of dementia friendly wards
  • Continue to reduce antipsychotic prescribing

Who’s who

Associate Director
Ian Golton, ian.golton@nhs.net

Clinical Directors
Dr. Wendy Burn, wendy.burn@nhs.net
Dr Oliver Corrado, oliver.corrado@leedsth.nhs.uk

Network Manager
Alison Bagnall, alison.bagnall@nhs.net, 07786 250795

Quality Improvement Manager
Penny Kirk, penny.kirk@nhs.net, 07825 242493