“Systems Thinking” event focusing on long term residential care for people with dementia

By 29th March 2018Healthier People

The Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network designed and sponsored a “Systems Thinking” event for the Humber, Coast and Vale Partnership focusing on long term residential care for people with dementia.

The event aimed to highlight key lessons that leaders working in this area need to be aware of to help them work effectively across a system of organisations to provide the best possible care for people living with dementia locally. The day included highly interactive sessions exploring challenges posed by dementia in Humber, Coast and Vale and how Systems Theory could help to address them. Finally, we used established improvement methods to define a small number of system-wide challenges and worked together on identifying how to meet these.

The Systems Thinking session was led by Professor Mohammed, Professor of Healthcare, Quality and Effectiveness, University of Bradford, which was incredibly well received, with feedback such as ‘I found the talk on systems very informative and made lots of sense as to why current systems fail/don’t work together – I want to know more!’

The event involved contributions from across Humber, Coast and Vale from a wide variety of organisations and sectors, including CCG’s, Local Authorities, Specialist Mental Health Teams, Acute hospitals, GP Leads, End of Life sector, Care Home and Domiciliary Sector and the Voluntary Sector.

A group of local professionals acted as the ‘reference group’ on the day helping to guide the topics for discussion and how these would be taken forward – this group included Neil Griffiths (Joint HCV Dementia Lead), Angie Dyson (Joint HCV Dementia Lead), Councillor Gwen Lunn (Portfolio holder, Hull  City Council), Angela Tew (Hull City Council), Damian Murphy (DEEP – Dementia Engagement and Empowerment – Network).

The event identified four quality improvement projects that will be taken forward by the Humber, Coast and Vale Dementia Workstream, working with local partners. These projects are:

  • Ensuring there is a minimum offer of quality post diagnosis support for people living with dementia and their families across the patch
  • Having a consistent and quality approach to training of care home and residential home staff
  • Implement observational tools, such as dementia care mapping across the care home and residential home sector to support people to remain in their placement
  • Improving end of life care for people with dementia

The room was full of enthusiasm and thoughtful discussions, all of which focused on developing solutions and improving care for people living with dementia.

Stephen STP

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