GP Dementia Friendly Toolkit
To support our mission in ensuring all GP practices are Dementia Friendly (30 out of our 38 GP practices are now Dementia Friendly), local practices are able to download the GP guide to becoming Dementia Friendly here.
Becoming Dementia Friendly involves signing up to the Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) and submitting an action plan. Individual action plans can be viewed on Wakefield and Five Towns Dementia Action Alliance website.
The NHS Health Check is a health check-up for adults in England aged 40-74. It's designed to spot early signs of stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes or dementia. As we get older, we have a higher risk of developing one of these conditions. An NHS Health Check helps find ways to lower this risk.
The NHS Health Check dementia leaflet has been developed to support the dementia information given to those aged 65-74 years of age during their appointment. These leaflets are available to order free of charge in a variety of formats and languages through the Department of Health order line (0300 123 1002) or you may download individual copies from the website here.
Further dementia training resources, including films, slide decks and fact sheets can be found on the NHS Health Check website here. The resources will support NHS Health Check trainers and practitioners to improve the quality of their delivery of the dementia component of the check.
The training resources cover all three mandated components of dementia;
1. General awareness of the signs and symptoms of dementia
2. Risk reduction, raising awareness that ‘what is good for your heart is good for your brain’.
3. Signposting to places to find out more information about dementia.
A ’Top Tips’ paper for NHS Health Check providers, practitioners and commissioners on talking about Dementia in the NHS Health Check from age 40-64 years is available on the NHS Health check website.
The Well Pathway for Dementia
Dementia care encompasses the five elements of the well pathway for dementia which focuses on; preventing well, diagnosing well, supporting well, living well, and dying well. Priorities, as set out in the Next Steps on the NHS Five Year Forward View report, are to maintain a focus on diagnosis and post-diagnostic support.
Other Useful Resources
- NHS England - Further information and resources about dementia services, including care planning in dementia and diagnosis of dementia can be found on the NHS England website here
- Rotherham Library and Knowledge Services - Provides access to the latest news and guidelines relating to dementia and older people's mental health. The Library and Knowledge Service manages a "Dementia Newsfeed" which can be accessed here. You can visit the feed at any time or sign up to get a summary of the latest news straight into your inbox at a frequency to suit you
- Interested in Mental Health? Why not check out the Yorkshire and the Humber Dementia Network e-bulletin? Click here to read more
- Knowing Me! Promotional Pack - Dementia, Depression and Delirium - A person-centered education and training resource. Click here to access the pack
- Yorkshire and the Humber Clinical Networks - Click here for the website
- Yorkshire and the Humber Clinical Senate - Click here for the website
- Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network - Click here for the website.