Cllr Sandra Samuels
introduced a report providing an update on the Dementia work plan
and the milestones that were planned to support Wolverhampton work
towards becoming a “Dementia Friendly City”.
On 9 October 2012
at the ‘Creating Dementia Friendly Communities’
conference Wolverhampton had signed up to the Dementia Action
Alliance and took up the challenge. Each organisation committed to
producing and publishing their own Action Plans setting out what
they each would do to secure the required outcomes and improve the
quality of life of people living with dementia. Wolverhampton
achieved the status of ‘Working towards becoming a dementia
The Panel noted
that Wolverhampton had previously been ahead of the game in this
area and questioned whether we still were. Officers confirmed that
there had been a slight dip but yes we were now back on track and
that the City would always be working towards becoming a dementia
friendly city and continuously looking to improve.
that one of the most successful projects developed through the
BCF work stream was Memory Matters.
Memory Matters had been launched by the City of Wolverhampton
Council in partnership with the Black Country Partnership NHS
Foundation Trust, Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group and
the Alzheimer's Society. It was a
‘travelling’ information, advice and guidance
service where experts including community psychiatric nurses and
social workers were available at each to assess whether someone's
memory loss was serious, such as the onset of dementia, and direct
them towards appropriate help and support.
that work priorities for the coming two years had been agreed and
would take into consideration consultation and co-production with
people who used services and their family carers. Key amongst these
was the need to develop a refreshed Strategy and Implementation
Plan for completion in December 2017.
that it was important to consider ways for early diagnosis as
people were often given drugs once it was too late and that work
needed to be done with the CCGs and
GPs. Members expressed concern regarding the diagnosis of dementia
by GPs and considered that there should be some form of monitoring
the various rates of diagnoses and referrals. Officers stated that
there was a dementia link in each area but members considered that
this did not work and that GPs needed to be accountable as the
service at the moment was not acceptable.
there be an update in 6 months to include advise on how GP services
could be improved, any identified strengths and weaknesses and if
possible data on which GPs were reporting incidents.