Front Row (L-R) – Amanda Tagg, Jonathan Lane, Alison Easton, Rose McDowall, Sally Rubringer, Graham Sharpley
Back Row (L-R) – Melanie Thorne, Carol Jenkins, Sue Williams, Dee Godfrey, Peter Fitzpatrick, Andy Richardson
A new service has been launched to support GP surgeries in the diagnosis, management and treatment of dementia.
The Community Dementia Nurse (CDN) Service has been launched by ²gether NHS Foundation Trust as an addition to the already successful Managing Memory Together service.
The CDN Service is the first of its kind in the country that provides specialist and direct support to GPs around dementia. It also links and works in partnership with the new Dementia Advisers Service that is delivered through the Alzheimer’s Society.
Each surgery in Gloucestershire will be allocated a Community Dementia Nurse. The work of the Community Dementia Nurses will focus around three key areas:
- Advice and support with diagnosis
- Advice and support in the management and treatment of Dementia
- Time Limited Interventions– short term intensive treatment plans to address immediate care needs
Rose McDowall, Senior Community Dementia Nurse said: “This is a new and exciting role for me and my colleagues and we are really looking forward to it. It will be really good to work closely with primary care colleagues to ensure that people with dementia and their carers receive timely, locally based support and treatment.”
The Community Dementia Nurses will also be able to provide surgeries with information on signs, symptoms and management of Dementia. As well as offer advice on how to access further education and training related to Dementia.
Dursley based Dr Martin Freeman, GP clinical lead for dementia in Gloucestershire, said: “Dementia care in Gloucestershire remains a key priority with health and voluntary services working together to provide high quality care for local people. We are now in the third year since the launch of the National Dementia Strategy. In that time a lot of work done has been done and new services have been commissioned of which community dementia nurses are a key new initiative.
With the ageing population of the county set to increase we are expecting to treat more people with dementia. We know a diagnosis of dementia can be a worry both for the person with the condition and their family or friends, but in Gloucestershire we are working hard to educate and support the people who care for someone with dementia.”
Rose continued: “The great thing is that GPs will be able to draw on our expertise and experience about dementia. This can only be a good thing for patients and their families.”
For people with dementia and their families who may need extra support from a Community Dementia Service they can access this service through their GP, Dementia Adviser or the Managing Memory Together service.
People should talk to their GP if they are worried about their own or someone else memory.
For people needing general information about memory assessment and or support/advice about services for people worried about memory, people with Dementia and their carers please contact the Managing Memory Together Information and Education Service on 0800 694 880 or email firstname.lastname@example.org