Good Practice Compendium: Examples Illustrating “Living Well With Dementia: a National Dementia Strategy”

[This abstract first appeared in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter RWHT Volume 1 Issue 7 February 2011].


This “Good Practice Compendium” brings together examples of best practice from across the regions to support local delivery of the National Dementia Strategy and improve outcomes for people with dementia and their carers. It is designed to be an enabler for local change, as described in the Department of Health’s revised, outcomes-based implementation plan: “Quality outcomes for people with dementia: building on the work of the National Dementia Strategy”.

Examples of good practice are listed by region. To provide added guidance for the reader, each example is mapped to the relevant National Dementia Strategy objective (Appendix 2 of this document provides a full listing of these objectives) and to the illustrative example of quality outcomes for people with dementia (as described in the revised implementation plan, found in Appendix 1 of this document).

The examples, listed by Region, are itemized briefly below. Contact details are provided for further information at the end of each good practice example in the full compendium.

Examples of Best Practice

Noteworthy examples from the East Midlands

  1. Community Care Centre: Staveley, Derbyshire.
  2. Improving dementia care in the acute hospital, Leicestershire.
  3. Mental health intermediate care service, Nottinghamshire Community Health.
  4. Northamptonshire dementia care advisors demonstration site programme.

Noteworthy examples from the East of England

  1. Increasing awareness and uptake of direct payments and person budgets by people with dementia and their carers in the East of England.
  2. Memory assessment and support service piloted by North Essex Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust.
  3. The Peterborough Palliative Care in Dementia Group.
  4. Flexible enhanced domiciliary care for people with dementia, Waveney, Suffolk.

Noteworthy examples from London

  1. Commissioning support for London. Dementia services guide and appendices.
  2. Greenview intermediate care unit, Woodland Hall Nursing Home.
  3. Assistive technology project: Haringey mental health services for older people.
  4. Haringey dementia forum.
  5. Tom’s Club, Haringey.

Noteworthy examples from the North East

  1. Durham Dales partnership.
  2. Darlington Collaborative Acute Care Project.
  3. Outcome based commissioning, South of Tyne.

Noteworthy examples from the North West

  1. EDUCATE: Early Dementia Users Cooperation Aiming To Educate.
  2. Flexible outreach service: Age Concern Central Lancashire.
  3. Shore Green extra care sheltered housing scheme for older people with dementia and other memory loss conditions.
  4. Lancashire outcomes framework for dementia.

Noteworthy examples from the South East

  1. A “whole system” collaborative approach for improving dementia services through the Sussex Dementia Partnership.
  2. Using the Dementia Metrics.
  3. Medicines management and improving anti-psychotic prescribing in Hampshire.
  4. NHS West Kent dementia crisis support service.

Noteworthy examples from the South West

  1. Engaging GPs in the National Dementia Strategy.
  2. Improving the clinical care provided by ambulance clinicians: Great Western Ambulance Service.
  3. LINK worker training, Gloucestershire.
  4. STAR toolkit, Cornwall. Reducing medication in care homes.
  5. The charter mark standards for Royal United Hospital patients with dementia.

Noteworthy examples from the West Midlands

  1. Specialist intermediate care, “partnership working and integrity technology into service provision”.
  2. Working, learning and achieving together: action learning in dementia services leadership, commissioning and direct care.
  3. Quality improvement in “the lived” experience for people with dementia living in care homes.
  4. The Telford and Wrekin dementia deep dive (Driving strategic commissioning priorities by the voice, heart and minds of clinicians, patients, carers and the public).

Noteworthy examples from Yorks and Humber

  1. Anti-psychotic medication reviews in care homes: Kirklees.
  2. Care navigation: Barnsley.
  3. Dementia Academy: North East Lincolnshire.
  4. Wakefield memory service.

Full Text Link


Wiggins, H. (2011). Good Practice compendium: an assets approach to
“Living well with dementia: a National Dementia Strategy”.
Leeds: Department of Health (Social Care, Local Government & Care Partnerships), January 10th 2011. (Dementia Gateway reference no. 15374).

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