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Dementia Champions 2016 announced

ELR CCG is delighted to announced the winners of its Dementia Champions Award 2016 - the first year the awards have been run.

  • Awards are designed to identify and spread innovation and great practice across the area in the early identification and treatment of dementia.
  • Awarded to the Uppingham Surgery for "Memory Matters"
  • Awarded to Wigston Central Surgery for increased recording of dementia prevalence

The 2016 Champions were announced during national Dementia Awareness Week.  Commenting on the award winners, East Leicestershire and Rutland CCG Board Member and Chair of the Better Care Together Dementia Delivery Group, Dr Girish Purohit, said:

“When we launched the awards I said we need to promote and raise awareness of dementia, both as a diagnosis by clinicians and also amongst the public and our patients to reduce the stigma of the diagnosis itself, so that patients are more willing to come and see their GP about it.  Both of the award winners, in different ways, have demonstrated excellence in doing just that.”

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“The Memory Matters event, run by the Uppingham Surgery, brought together 12 support and information agencies to promote understanding of dementia and the help that is available.  Over 150 people came to the event itself, with 38 people screened and 3 possible new diagnoses identified.  Every single person who attended the event said they found it enjoyable and learnt more about dementia and support available in Rutland.  More than half said they were more likely to have a memory test than before the event.   On the back of the event’s success, the surgery produced an information pack for patients, highlighting the various services and support agencies within the community.  Patients continue to benefit from the surgery’s improved relationships with contacts made in the Alzheimer’s Society and other agencies.”

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“Wigston Central Surgery had a historically low prevalence rate of dementia patients.  They made a huge effort to try to identify more patients who were registered within the practice and ensure they were correctly diagnosed.  Ultimately it would improve patient care by allowing increased awareness and provision of support to those needing it.  The methods they used included reviews of medical notes for all patients in care homes, searching all patients taking anti-dementia medication, a search of patients with memory-related coding, clearer pathways for coding patients when correspondence was received from memory clinics and increased awareness amongst medical staff and nursing staff to identify patients at risk.  As a result of this targeted effort, the practice more than doubled its recorded dementia prevalence.”

“I’m delighted to recognise the efforts and achievements of both award winners and really look forward to building on this success and hard work.”

According to the Alzheimer’s Society, nearly two thirds of people with dementia experience loneliness and almost half report losing friends after their diagnosis.  A global survey of 2,500 people with dementia and carers across 50 countries found that stigma is a major barrier to improving care and support for people with the condition.  75 per cent of people with dementia and 64 per cent of family carers believe that people with dementia face stigma, including fear and avoidance, from others.