19 minutes | Nov 26th 2020

How GP practices can best support people living with dementia?

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In this month’s podcast, I’ll be talking about dementia with Jackie Pool, QCS’s Dementia Care Champion.

Dementia is a condition that has touched so many of our lives. It affects 850,000 people in the UK. Astonishingly, according to the Alzheimer’s Society, 1 in 6 people over 80 have dementia, and 70 percent of people in care homes live with dementia, or have severe memory problems.

Jackie, who recently joined QCS, has worked with people living with dementia for almost 40 years. An occupational therapist, and an acclaimed author in the field of dementia care, Jackie has vast experience having worked in healthcare, social care and in academia.

In this Podcast, we’ll be focusing on:

  •  How GP services can ensure that people living with dementia receive an excellent standard of support.
  • Fresh insight and perspectives on how GPs can best provide support.
  • The role of collaboration and creating more joined-up services
  • The protocols that the CQC expects to be in place.
  • How GPs can not only demonstrate the requisite policies and procedures to a CQC inspector, but also evidence best practice steps that go over and above what is expected
  • The crucial role Patient Participation Groups can play in effecting positive change.
  • The importance of creating dementia-friendly GP surgeries by thinking about space and adapting signage and colour schemes.
  • The PAL tool: What is it and how can it make a difference
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