On 17 August 2017 Great Staughton Surgery signed up to the Huntingdonshire Dementia Action Alliance (DAA). By signing up, The Surgery are working towards the National Dementia Declaration list of seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers.
DAA website link: https://www.dementiaaction.org.uk/members_and_action_plans/7688-great_staughton_surgery
Our first job was to provide a central point of information covering Dementia Support on our website. This will be used to provide signposting to groups and promote services provided by specific support organisations across the three counties of Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire, helping to promote wellbeing and support to patients.
- December 2017 Current Status: Delivery
Our second job is to look at our building. As repairs and renewals are planned within the Surgery building, the Patient Group and Practice Manager will work through the Dementia Friendly Physical environment checklist, to ensure the changes enhance the building for patients and their carers living with dementia. The Practice Manager and Patient Group are meeting in January 2018 to scope the building to look at signage, lighting and navigation. We will also look at ways to improve the physical environment at this meeting.
- December 2017 Status: Initial Scoping - Patient Group on 31 January 2018 at 12.30
Our next job will be looking to train the staffing team to promote and signpost services available in the area to patients living with dementia. This may include printing off literature, contacting the agencies on behalf of the patients, or notifying the Clinicians of a safeguarding issue. It will also be signposting patients to organisations, such as the services listed below:
- December 2017 Current Status: Planning
The Coffee Pot Memory Cafe have regular events and lunches held throughout St Neots, Perry and Eaton Socon. They welcome to all patients living with memory loss and their carers. For information tel; 01480 219925 or 472495, or click on the link: http://www.stneots-tc.gov.uk/event/coffee-pot-memory-cafe-events/
West Cambs Friendship Group - Located in Great Staughton Village Hall, the group meet every Monday from 9.30am to 3.00pm, tel: Barbara Bishop 01480 861319 or Mobile: 07851 427992, or Phil Yates tel: 01480 860616 or Mobile: 07801798611. The group provide a place for recreation, to meet and make friends in a social, caring and relaxed atmosphere, and also provide a hot lunch. The Friendship Club meets in the Village Hall, which has disabled facilities. Members are recommended to the Friendship Club by a request from themselves or their families, their GP or Social Services.
Dementia Action Alliance brings together leading organisations across England committed to transforming health and social care outcomes for people affected by dementia. You can find out lots of information or become a part of the dementia group by clicking the link below. ttp://www.dementiaaction.org.uk/local_alliances/17670_huntingdonshire_dementia_action_alliance