Dementia

For many of us, a stay in an unfamiliar hospital ward can be a daunting experience. If you experience symptoms of Dementia or care for a person who has a Dementia, this time may be particularly anxiety provoking.

MFT recognises the difficulties and challenges that you may face during this time and strive to improve services to ensure that your needs are met.

MFT is committed to providing a high standard of person centred care to people with dementia and their carers, which is supported within our Dementia Strategy 2014-2017. All members of staff at MFT receive Dementia Awareness training and continue to develop their knowledge base, accessing training, dependant upon their field of work. A network of Dementia Champions exists throughout the Trust, taking forward new initiatives and ideas.

With the introduction of Dementia Specialist Nurses, there is a focus upon prompt early detection of the signs of dementia, promoting appropriate referral and support. Early diagnosis of dementia, and appropriate support, can help to prevent hospital re-admissions and reduce length of stay, having a positive impact on a person’s quality of life. In addition to this service MFT also has a liaison psychiatry team (RAID) who are available for advice and support should a patient with Dementia have more complex needs and require further assessment.

Initiatives such the ‘Forget Me Not’ scheme are used to support the identification of those with a Dementia and their carers, in order to provide appropriate support and care. The Department of Health supported MFT’s vision to create dementia friendly environments; following a 1 million pound investment, these environments continue benefit patients and visitors today.

MFT continue to embrace initiatives and adopt best practices to improve the lives of those affected by Dementia. If you have been affected by Dementia and would like to join our patient and carer engagement group, working towards shaping MFT improvements within Dementia Care, please contact the Dementia Team.

Contact

Dementia Team: 0161 291 4362

Location

The Dementia Team is based in the Baguley Building Outpatients Department in the Orange Zone at MFT’s Wythenshawe Hospital.