[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 2 Issue 11, June 2012].
This case study has been made available by NHS Evidence as an example Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention (QIPP) proposal for keeping people with dementia independent for as long as possible, thereby requiring less costly care. Where this is not possible, Mersey Care NHS Trust proposes to ensure these people are provided with appropriate support to return them to the community quickly where they may – with support – partly regain their quality of life.
This case study might yield an estimated net saving of £2.1 million, or £246,000 per 100,000 population, assuming all service changes are implemented across North Mersey. The work is at an early stage and has not been evaluated yet. This initiative is a complex whole-system approach, so requires extensive planning and programme management, including stakeholder support and commitment.
Mersey Care NHS Trust (2012). Service redevelopment: integrated whole system services for people with dementia. London: NHS Evidence / Mersey Care NHS Trust, May 31st 2012.