2015/16 - what have we done?

During 2015/16 we worked with our local partners, including Bradford Council, to develop the Bradford and Airedale dementia strategy, 2015 – 2020.

Dementia strategy 

The Bradford and Airedale dementia strategy, 2015 – 2020 aims to reduce the impact of dementia diagnosis and help improve care for those diagnosed, their families and their carers. It also provides a clear district-wide plan of action with five key aims;

  • enable people living with dementia to stay in their homes for as long as possible,
  • increase the focus on dementia in care homes,
  • increase awareness of the benefit of a healthy lifestyle to prevent dementia,
  • enable the provision of high quality end of life care for people with dementia, and,
  • enable people to live well with dementia.

Support for carers of those living with dementia

In 2015 we supported the localisation of the Dementia Carer website. The website is aimed at carers of people living with dementia. It provides advice and support, details of local services and groups, and information about the condition. We have also funded a targeted local communications campaign to raise awareness of the website amongst the relevant groups. 

We have also commissioned Carer's Resource which provides a support service for carers, including of those caring for people living with dementia, across Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven. 

Development of memory assessment and treatment services 

We have worked with Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust to review the pathway for memory assessment and treatment services. Additional resources have been made available to support the memory assessment and treatment services at the trust. The service is also looking at how to improve efficiency to maximise the use of resources and implement best practice. 

We have also worked with Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust to increase the level of support available to people recently diagnosed with dementia, their families and their carers.

Care planning and support package

We have developed resources for our GP practices so that they can better support you. This includes a care planning and education package to support your GP practice when doing your annual dementia review and sign post you to appropriate service. 

For you, we have developed 'what makes a difference'. This leaflet helps you prepare for your appointment with your nurse / GP and think about the issues that are most important to you. The Bradford advance care plan booklet has also been developed. This helps you plan your care and ensure that you, your family and carers are supported in deciding what care you want for the future.