Tees Esk & Wear Valley (TEWV) Mental health trust and Blackhall and Peterlee Practice in Blackhall, East Durham are working in partnership to provide dementia assessment and review service for a patient list size of nearly nine and a half thousand patients.

Whilst mental Health services for older people in Easington provides the staff, the practice provides the infrastructure in this venture that has received great feedback from both patients and professionals.

People being referred to memory clinic , now are seen usually within a week at a place that has been a part of their lives i.e, their GP surgery.

This has eliminated IT barriers and enhanced communication, quality of referrals, reviews and follow ups. Any follow up actions are passed to each other on the same day reducing any delays.

Carer support and training is also being provided and focused groups are in the process of being launched. Physical support and carer checks are also being streamlined.

The pilot is now entering into next phase of being extended to a wider population group.

Immense contribution from Michael Curtis, Judith Brown and Carl Bashford of TEWV.

Immense thanks to Gillian Magee and Antony white as well as the staff and partnership of Blackhall and Peterlee practice.

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  1. Wayne Goddard 19 February 2015 at 2:28 pm

    This is great and the obvious direction we need to be going considering Alistairs recent comments on ABC for GPs and the Dementia Primer.

    Just a question was this done in true partnership or was this an enhanced service?

  2. Sidhuks 19 February 2015 at 10:21 pm

    Dear Wayne
    This is purely working on enthusiasm of the team from MH services/memory clinic and shared goodwill.
    No additional funding has been provided for either party.

  3. 1glassor2 12 September 2017 at 9:54 am

    We are considering building dementia diagnosis into our primary care commissioning framework so patients can receive a diagnosis within a primary care setting. I would greatly appreciate any further information you can provide on the pilot. Is there a service spec you could share? A copy of the pathway and how you managed to work this through with the provider and GPs would be very helpful.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks in advance Simon Somers. Commissioning Manager Sandwell & West Birmingham CCG. [email protected]

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