A Shirebrook doctors’ surgery has been featured in a national video on treating dementia.
The film produced by the Department of Health focuses onhow people with dementia are supported in the community and features staff and patients of Shires Health Care in Main Street Shirebrook.
The surgery’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “ It’s a powerful demonstration of how the multi-disciplinary Community Support Team work together to support people with dementia.”
Grace, a lady with dementia is featured in the video and talks about how she has benefitted from the involvement of community care workers.
Sue Elsden, manager of New Bassett House care home, also talks about the way they work with the practice to diagnose residents with dementia and offer them support.
Dr Elizabeth Barrett of NHS Hardwick CCG and National Clinical Lead for Dementia who features in the film, said: “We strongly believe that life doesn’t end when dementia begins, so supporting people to live well with dementia is a key priority.
“We are delighted to have been selected for this national video as an example of best practice.
“In Shirebrook we have been able to improve the quality of care for people with dementia by joining up care with social services.
“I’ve learned more about dementia from social services than anybody else. We realised that we didn’t know enough about dementia.
This video shows how we have incorporated social care into the practice to support people with dementia, how the practice responds when a patient may have dementia, and the benefits of getting a dementia diagnosis.”
“I think we are diagnosing some people who would never have gone to a memory assessment clinic, we’ve also diagnsoed a lot of very elderly people.”
See the full series of five videos on the Department of Health Youtube channel.