Visiting localities

Engagement has been a key part of the work to date and has included a programme of regular locality meetings between 2015 and 2016, and the DU team visiting all localities in 2017.

Our team has been busy traversing the region hearing about the great work all ten local areas are carrying out in line with the Greater Manchester Dementia Standards to help people living with dementia and their carers.

The GM support team were keen to understand how current and planned work aligns to the GM Dementia Standards and discover the current and proposed financial and non-financial resource commitments to dementia. The exercise also sought to understand governance arrangements for dementia within the individual localities and their key focuses for the next 12 months, 2 and 5 years.

The visits provided a rich picture of dementia activity, highlighted good practice for sharing, and gave an opportunity to see where improvements could be made on either a GM footprint, within individual localities, or across locality partnerships.

The fact finding mission, supported by Professor Alistair Burns (National clinical lead for dementia), took place from October to December 2017 and covered the 10 localities aiming to acknowledge work currently underway, identify challenges and recognise opportunities to work collaboratively across Greater Manchester.

Dr Emma Vardy, Salford Royal Foundation Trust Consultant Geriatrician and one of the clinical leads for Dementia, said:

“It has been inspirational to hear about some of the fantastic projects happening across the region to help people with dementia and their carers. It has also been beneficial for the team to have an overview of all the activity across the localities and identify areas of best practice that are positively influencing the lived experience of dementia”.

The information gathered is being used to develop the DU work plan 2018/19 – 2020/21, as GM strives to be the pinnacle of the best dementia care in the UK. We have started a collaborative journey to improve the lived experience of people living with dementia in Greater Manchester. Dementia United leads a collective commitment to improvement based on sharing, collaboration, challenge, learning, and brave new ways of working.

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