NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group has launched an engagement campaign to help improve dementia services for local people.
The CCG recognises that work needs to be done to improve the dementia diagnosis rates in line with national figures. Dementia diagnosis rates for the CCG (September 2018) were at 61.8% with a target of 66.7% and a national average of 68.2%.
In collaboration with Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council, the Sandwell Dementia Action Alliance and other partners the CCG is working to develop a joint strategy for Sandwell.
Earlier this year the CCG listened to the views of those who have lived with dementia to help understand what could be improved and produce a draft version of the strategy. The CCG is now sharing what has been developed and wants the views of local people to ensure the right priorities and the right outcomes are being focussed on.
Anyone who is a patient or carer who has been affected by dementia, or voluntary organisation working with dementia patients or carers, are invited to the event below:
Date: Monday 15th July 2019
Time: 12:30pm – Registration and tea/coffee; 1:00pm – 3:00pm - Workshop event
Venue: YMCA, 38 Carters Green, West Bromwich, B70 9LG
Carers are welcome to bring along the people they care for.
See here to see the strategy and to share your views on the strategy complete the survey online here https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/KPGPC5M
The closing date for all comments is 15th July 2019.
Prof Nick Harding, Chair of Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG, said: “Currently in Sandwell and West Birmingham more than 3,700 people have been diagnosed with dementia illnesses, but we believe approaching 6,000 people could be suffering with dementia and we are therefore committed to improving diagnosis rates, and the support offered.”
The CCG is also committing to train 80% of GP practice staff as Dementia Friends by the end of March 2020.