06 July 2016
Dementia conference puts spotlight on Bristol Dementia Wellbeing Service
professionals from around the country travelled to Bristol in June,
to find out how the Bristol Dementia Wellbeing Service has
transformed diagnosis and support in the city.
Bristol's dementia diagnosis rate is now one of the highest in
the South West. This has been made possible following an overhaul
of the service, carried out by NHS Bristol Clinical Commissioning
Group (CCG) working in partnership with Alzheimer's Society.
Launched in April 2015, the new Bristol Mental Health service is
now delivered entirely within primary care, meaning potential
lengthy referrals and waits are no longer necessary. This change
happened following an engagement process that included service
users, GPs and specialists.
The new Dementia Wellbeing Service allows people to self-refer
and, once initial contact has been made, a record is opened and an
individual wellbeing plan developed. The service employs 29
dementia practitioners and 26 dementia navigators based in three
hubs across the city, providing named support to every GP practice
and care home. This ensures a seamless service which has resulted
in improved outcomes and experience of care for patients.
The fully booked conference at Ashton Gate Stadium included a
talk from guest speaker Professor Alistair Burns, NHS England's
Clinical Director for Dementia, as well as Bristol GPs.
Dr Pippa Stables, Bristol CCG's Clinical Lead for Dementia,
says: "… A lot of work has gone into the Bristol Dementia Wellbeing
Service and we are proud to be leading the way in terms of
diagnosis and treatment. The new service has been very well
received by services users and their families as well as by