£2m funding boost to make Greater Manchester the best place to live with dementia

Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership have announced a new dementia strategy.

Today, there are nearly 270,000 people living with dementia across Greater Manchester at an estimated cost to the region of around £270m per year. Just under half of this is spent by people living with dementia (and their families) to pay for help with everyday tasks that are provided by professional care workers – such as washing, dressing and eating.

In addition to this, 26,000 people with dementia are admitted to Greater Manchester hospitals every year. These people stay in hospital an average of nearly 13 days longer than people of the same age who do not have dementia, and when they are discharged 18% of them will return within 30 days. The experience for people living with dementia in hospital is poor and it is widely acknowledged that outcomes are better when people living with dementia can receive care at home.

How can Dementia United help? More help and better care is needed, and the strategy and seed funding announced at the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership Strategic Partnership Board on 28 April marks a new approach to dementia which will move from focusing on diagnosis to looking at improving the broader experience of care and the support given to people after they are diagnosed.

Health, social care, voluntary, community and social enterprise sector, university and private sector partners across the region will work together to celebrate and develop best practice, and to improve and change elements of dementia care that are not currently working well. We will create a Dementia Barometer which we will use to start a conversation with the people of Greater Manchester and which will also provide each of our boroughs with a wealth of information which they can use to help reduce any unnecessary variation in the provision of dementia care.

Greater Manchester has world class dementia research and researchers in its universities, and we will use these skills and partnerships to develop innovative solutions to providing better dementia care. This will include wearable devices for monitoring individuals, sensor technologies for monitoring environments and new social connection systems.

Dementia United have also begun working with social housing providers to support healthy independent living for people with dementia in social housing.

Dementia United is a co-designed strategy that is robust yet offers flexibility and maintains the uniqueness of localities and the populations they serve. 

What are we aiming to achieve? By 2022, we want to:

  • Reduce bed days (combination of reductions in hospital admissions and length of stay);
  • See fewer delayed admissions to residential care
  • See fewer A&E and outpatient attendances
  • Reduce inappropriate prescription of antipsychotic drugs (leading to reduced incidence of stroke and reduced prescribing costs)
  • Reduce demand on police services (call-outs related to people with dementia, and missing person investigations)

If we get this right, we could save health and social care services in Greater Manchester £105m (between 2017/18 and 2020/21), money which we will be able to put back into local health and care systems across GM.

Browse our website to find out more about Dementia United.

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