Dementia Commissioning Pack launched

A new resource to support clinical commissioning groups in designing and purchasing high quality dementia services was launched today by Care Services Minister Paul Burstow.

The dementia commissioning pack provides a set of tools and templates for health and local authority commissioners, helping them to design services that are suited to local needs and are cost effective.

It supports planning across the whole spectrum of dementia, from early diagnosis to end of life care, together with guidance on how to reduce the inappropriate use of antipsychotic medication.

The pack was developed in consultation with a range of health and social care experts, including people with dementia and their carers. It aims to:

  • Improve quality of services for people with dementia by placing patient outcomes and patient choice at the heart of the commissioning process
  • Drive efficiency by reducing unwarranted variation in services
  • Reduce bureaucracy for commissioners by providing tailored documents and templates, bringing together the different aspects of commissioning (clinical, financial, commercial, contractual and procurement)

Additional resources

Additional resources have also been compiled to help health and local authority commissioners. The resources are organised into the four key themes of the pack: early diagnosis, care at home/ care homes, care in hospitals, and reducing inappropriate prescribing of antipsychotic drugs.

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4 Responses to Dementia Commissioning Pack launched

  1. Penny Gray says:

    The dementia commissioning pack is full of really useful information, but please could you make the links from the DoH pages easier to follow as they just take you round in circles to other web pages (or even just the same web page over again) rather than link you quickly to the key documents. This makes it very hard and time consuming to navigate to the right information.

  2. Paul says:

    I urge all colleagues in health and social care to use it to make a real difference to the lives of people living with dementia.
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  3. Fadimana says:

    One of the biggest fears that pnarets have is that their child (no matter how old they will be) will be cared for as well as they have been cared for while under the responsibility of a parent. Some pnarets have already made that choice and their young person/adult is being cared for in good quality care homes. But it is too hit and miss. From the obviously disgraceful treatment at the Winterbourne Home in Bristol to excellent care homes. My first suggestion is that we raise the bar for the qualifications of the people who are to be employed in care homes. Rather than settle for people who are paid a minimum wage we need to be employing people who have at least an A level qualification. A minimum of interest in physchology if not a qualifcation. I think that whistleblowers ought not to feel that they will be victimised. If that is the feeling, which it will be, then it is a very sad reflection indeed.In the meantime pnarets and carers will continue to save the government millions of pounds by looking after the disabled but will cost more in the long run because they are not able to work, become unhealthy through stress and are likely to need care sooner than later.

  4. Emine says:

    of me. I am a lonely 64 yr old voneltuer, who has tirelessly worked to engage lonely people, and have also started up The Penrhyn Bay Townswomen Guild. Townswomen Guilds are all over UK but only meet up once a month, therefore the lonliness is still abound in the other weeks. I think that we need the Councils in each area to have a central meeting place available to older people, or lonely people, carers and the vulnerable. Run by voneltuers but funded for refreshments and meeting venue by the Council. This way it can be open each day, and drop in availability is always there. Even the WRVS in our area does not have time to follow up in recruitment of voneltuers, for their tea trolley and local hospital. How can we as willing voneltuers get involved if no one will contact us, or there are so many training courses and red tape regulationns, like Red Cross, which I also voneltuer for. We need a voice for voneltuers seperate from all the charities that use them. I want to help you but will it be possible???

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