Buxted has been chosen for a pilot scheme which, if successful, will be rolled out across the country in a bid to create a “dementia friendly” society.
The Golden Ticket will be launched in October by the NHS High Weald Lewes Havens Care Commissioning Group and work is already under way to train doctors’ surgery staff and get community organisations involved.
The pilot is expected to run for three months to six months before formal evaluation. The aim will be to bring together a package of support for people right from the time they are diagnosed with dementia.
A framework document, owned by the patient, their carer and health care professional, will stipulate the actions and interactions of the patient/carer and professionals in a way that supports the whole journey with dementia.
There will be an equal partnership with the voluntary sector and practice, positioning responsibility for supporting people to live well with dementia with the practice nurse.
The Golden Ticket will:
- Formalise a joined-up way of working
- Clarify roles and responsibilities
- Integrate multi-agencies and particularly the Third Sector as equal partners in the practice
- Support the patient and carer
- Normalise and de-stigmatise dementia
- Prescribe a best practice framework for post-diagnosis care and support
- Embed psycho-social support as a health imperative for living well with dementia
Progress on setting up the pilot scheme was discussed yesterday at a dementia awareness day hosted by The Buxted Inn.
Focus of the day was a talk by Alex Morrison-Cowan a trustee of Know Dementia which offers education, advice and support for people affected by a dementia.
The talk was attended by Jo Evans manager of Rotherfield St Martin, a church-in-community project providing support and services to senior citizens in the Rotherfield area.
Her charity is involved in the Buxted pilot because of the experience gained in Rotherfield providing health-related activities and supportive therapies for older people.
Jo is hoping the pilot will eventually be extended and brought into Rotherfield building on what is already done there.
Dementia transformation lead on the High Weald Lewes Havens Care Commissioning Group is Kim Grosvenor. She said: “We want to see people get something positive as a result of dementia and help them live well with a good quality of life.”
The new framework will ensure people receive a “high quality service in a composite approach” enabling them to access a range of health and social care interventions where the practice nurse will support the family and be the point of contact with the practice.
The project is being supported by the Altzheimer Society, Care for the Carers and TN22 Club which brings together older people from Hadlow Down and surrounding towns and villages, as well as Rotherfield St Martin and Know Dementia.
Changes will be made at the doctors’ surgery to make it dementia friendly, so helping people who easily get confused by their surroundings. Signage will go up which will be easily recognised by them.
There will be a weekly dementia clinic where people can go along to see the nurse and the pharmacist and then cross the road to The Buxted Inn where landlord Jason Bailey will host a carers’ support café enabling people to relax and talk together.
The pilot aims to find ‘safe havens’ where dementia patients and carers know they will find a warm and understanding welcome. Jason said the pub was pleased to be involved in the scheme.
A range of other activities will be brought together too, including an exercise class.
Jo Evans said: “It will be really beneficial to all, particularly people living with dementia.”
If you would like to know more about the Golden Ticket pilot scheme, or get involved please contact Jo on 01892 853021 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• A dementia awareness day is also being held in Uckfield on Saturday, hosted by Sussex Support Service at the Victoria Pavilion, New Town. See poster below. Click on it to enlarge.