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Network achievements

Our main achievements to date:

Memory clinic accreditation

The Dementia Network supported the successful accreditation by the Royal College of Psychiatrists of six memory clinics in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Milton Keynes following a similar achievement by three clinics in Berkshire. The project aimed to improve memory services by increasing the number of services within the Oxford AHSN area accredited with the Royal College of Psychiatrists Memory Services National Accreditation Programme (MSNAP). This has 171 standards and provides an excellent basis for reduction in variation and for memory clinic improvement. Read more about MSNAP here. To read more about our achievements in this area, please see this case study.

Supporting people with young onset dementia

The Dementia Clinical Network supported the Younger People with Dementia (YPWD) service in West Berkshire to achieve recurrent funding from NHS commissioners. Using a collection of outcome measures, it allowed the service to demonstrate its effectiveness to potential funders. This service provides age appropriate activities for people with young onset dementia and respite for their carers. There is evidence to suggest that carer education and regular support can reduce carer stress and delays the person with young onset dementia going into institutionalised care. There is also a specific dementia care adviser and an Admiral Nurse within the service.The Dementia Network also funded YPWD to run services in East Berkshire for a year to demonstrate the benefit in that area. This has also now received recurrent funding from Clinical Commissioning Groups. A project to extend the availability of services for people with young onset dementia is currently running.

Reducing variation – webinars

The Dementia Network introduced a programme of webinars in July 2014. The purpose was to build a culture of partnership and collaborative working and to reduce variation in diagnostic and prescribing practice following initial referral to memory services. Most of our speakers are local clinicians or academics. We ran a total of 28 webinars to June 2016, with 677 live attendees (and a further 100 or so listeners to webinar recordings). A survey undertaken in June 2016 showed that over half of webinar attendances resulted in a change in practice. Our webinar report describes the programme to date, and covers future recommendations.

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