Over 120 people including Pharmacists, Barnet Social Workers, Opticians and patients joined the Pan Barnet meeting about Dementia on 11th September at Allianz Park.
Dr Robert Tobiansky from Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust, spoke and led workshops highlighting the updates to the NICE guidelines. He was joined by speakers from the Alzheimer’s Society, Dementia Advisory Service, Barnet Social Services, Barnet Age Concern, Jewish Care and Admiral Nurse who all gave updates as to how they can work with primary care to help patients within the borough.
Small group sessions, in PCNs, asked each group to consider the challenges of working with a patient with dementia and the areas in which we need to improve. Areas highlighted by the groups included:
- Needing to improve systems to help us all communicate eg opticians and dentists don’t have access to those systems
- Need to improve social prescribing
- Dealing with the difficulty for patients or their families to accept the diagnosis
- Finding out what support there is and what has already been offered
- Difficulty accessing relevant information online
- Knowing how best to support home carers
- Training carers in residential and nursing homes how to manage behavioural problems associated with dementia
- Working with the family, even when they have power of attorney.
Dr Tobiansky also covered areas such as who should involve the DVLA when a patient has dementia. Dr Tobiansky suggested that the question should be phrased so that the GP can inform the DVLA. However if the patient or their family says they would rather do it, it must be emphasised that this must be followed up.
Useful Information for Professionals:
- How to refer carers for a Carers assessment via social care direct: https://www.barnet.gov.uk/adult-social-care/i-am-carer-family-member-or-friend or via the telephone or via Barnet Carers Centre.
- An excellent resource with who to contact for advice and support is the Barnet Community Directory https://vcs-database.barnet.gov.uk/#/
- Understanding how the Alzheimer’s Society can use their expertise to help the family.
- Highlighting the role of Alzheimer’s Dementia Advisors, who can take on 30 new clients a month. Referral form on Bar Global documents or email:
- Barnet Alzheimer’s Society: www.barnet.gov.uk/directories/support-organisations/alzheimers-society-barnet
- Making Practices ‘Dementia Friendly’. The Alzheimer’s society is happy to run dementia training session for practice staff. This one hour session can be organised by contacting: email@example.com
- Other community organisations include:
- Barnet Afro Caribbean Care: www.housingcare.org/service/ser-info-5570-barnet-african-.aspx
- Jewish Care: firstname.lastname@example.org 0r email@example.com tel: 0208 922 2222
- Age UK Barnet have a booklet full of support for over 55’s including a handyperson service https://www.ageuk.org.uk/barnet/ Check their website regularly for the latest updates.
Contact details for the speakers:
Dr Robert Tobiansky, Consultant Psychiatrist BEHMT: firstname.lastname@example.org
Paula Plaskow, Team Manager SWCS North West and End of Life Support: email@example.com
Helen Newman, CEO Age UK Barnet: firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 0208 203 5040
Remi Oke, Dementia Support Manager, Alzheimers Society: email@example.com