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Trust holds first dementia involvement day

27 May 2014

West London Mental Health NHS Trust held its first cognitive impairment and dementia (CID) involvement day to discuss with carers how services could be further improved in the future.

The carers outlined their experiences of getting help from dementia services and how these could be improved across Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow. They highlighted the need for clear information from the point of diagnosis and clarity about the referral processes for those who have suspected dementia.

The event, which was also attended by partners and the charity sector, looked at the importance of formal investigations (such as MRI scans) to allow for an accurate and timely diagnosis as well as high quality support.  This is to ensure people with dementia can live well and receive care that is responsive to their changing needs as their condition progresses.

Dr Sujoy Mukherjee, consultant psychiatrist and clinical lead for dementia, said: “The trust has some of the most innovative care, supported by strong research and development activities, dedicated dementia inpatient services and community based care.  But we need to ensure care is more joined up in order to allow us to provide more community based services so people can get more care and support where they live.”

Dr Mukherjee added: “A number of very real issues came out of the discussions.  For instance, the way dementia services provided by the trust engage and support the different cultures that exist across west London.  The way we educate our BME communities about dementia must also be carefully considered and we must involve all parties to ensure our effort is having the desired effect on any hard to reach groups.”

Meanwhile, West London Mental Health NHS Trust is backing the new Dementia Friends campaign aimed at helping people develop a greater understanding of dementia and supporting those living with the condition.

Dementia Friends is an Alzheimer’s Society initiative launched in 2013 aimed at increasing understanding and awareness of the condition.

The campaign aims to raise awareness and help create a network of one million Dementia Friends across England by 2015.  For further information on the campaign and how to become a Dementia Friend, please visit www.dementiafriends.org.uk

For more information, contact Simon Morgan, external communications manager: 020 8354 8325 / simon.morgan@wlmht.nhs.uk.