7 November 2017
Over 41,000 people in Wessex have dementia and numbers are predicted to double by 2050. It is the biggest health issue we face and due to the growing ageing population in some parts of the region, incidence rates are higher than the average for England.
The dementia friendly primary care ‘iSPACE’ project was introduced into GP practices across Wessex as an innovative, cost-effective solution to enhance services for people with dementia. The project comprised a number of actions designed to enhance patient experience through a set of improvements in care planning, communications and dementia awareness for staff working in primary care.
During the past three years (2014-17), the project team publicised this project throughout the Wessex region and the final report has now been published.
Broadly speaking, the iSPACE work has led to:
• Fewer A&E admissions for patients with dementia
• More patients with personalised care plans
• Fewer appointments needed with GPs, which has freed-up appointments for other patients.
The report summarises the project and contains what it found, the evaluation by Wessex AHSN's Centre for Implementation Science, how iSPACE improves lives for patients and their carers, and who to contact if you're interested in embedding iSPACE in your setting.