The importance of early diagnosis and intervention in dementia has been identified as a priority by the National Dementia Strategy and by the Darzi pathway for dementia within the West Midlands region. There is clear evidence that early diagnosis and intervention improves outcomes for people with dementia, their families and their carers, delays institutionalisation and reduces acute hospital admission. By intervening early in the illness and before cognitive deficits affect mental capacity, early diagnosis and intervention aims to maximise choice and autonomy, helping the person and their family adapt and make plans for the future.
Early Intervention Dementia Service, Worcestershire
The Association for Dementia Studies (ADS) has been closely involved with the Early Intervention Dementia Service within Worcestershire, both in terms of their education and evaluation. More information about this service can be found here. The service was recently awarded a £35,000 prize in the NHS Innovation Challenge Prize for Dementia.
Facilitation of Dementia Forums within Worcestershire and Herefordshire
ADS collaborated with the Alzheimer’s Society in Worcestershire to hold the first Dementia Forum, exploring the views of people living with dementia and their families on a range of issues. Reports on these forums can be found in the 'Documents' section of this page.
EU Joint Action on Alzheimer's Initiative (ALCOVE) Project
The EU Joint Action on Alzheimer’s initiative (ALCOVE) was launched in 2011 in an effort to step up cooperation and support to improve prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care across European Member States. ALCOVE was a two-year project addressing four core areas:
- How to improve data for better knowledge about dementia prevalence;
- How to improve access to dementia diagnosis as early as possible;
- How to improve care for people living with dementia and particularly those with behavioural disorders;
- How to improve the rights of people with dementia, particularly with respect to advance declarations of will.
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Dementia Advisers Worcestershire
ADS were commissioned by Worcestershire County Council and NHS Worcestershire to evaluate the work of the Dementia Advisers involved in the Worcestershire Demonstrator Site. This evaluation study sought to deliver a robust assessment of the impact, experience and effectiveness of the work of the Dementia Adviser, as well as determining the skills, facilitators and barriers to the success of the role. Further information about the evaluation and about Dementia Advisers can be found here.
Dementia Workforce Competencies
This project was funded by the West Midlands Strategic Health Authority and sought to support the implementation of the West Midlands Darzi Pathway on Dementia. ADS collaborated with Staffordshire University, Centre for Ageing and Mental Health on the development of a job description, competencies and person specification for two new roles for dementia services: Primary Care Liaison Role and Dementia Care Pathway Coordinator. More details about the project can be found here.
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