Nene CCG, with Corby CCG and Northamptonshire County Council have developed Joint Commissioning Intentions (CI) for 2015/16. These intentions are a road map for commissioning and service re-design, based upon national and local priorities. The dementia commissioning focus will be on the following objectives:
- To develop a local dementia strategy for Corby CCG, Nene CCG and Northamptonshire County Council.
- To meet or exceed the centrally prescribed dementia diagnosis rate of 66.7% (for Nene CCG by March 2016 and maintain the Corby CCG diagnosis rate of 88%).
- To ensure access to post –diagnosis support with a Dementia Care and Advice Service (DCAS).
- To develop intermediate care* pathways for people with dementia.
- To improve Dementia Carer Support
*Intermediate care, including reablement, aims to offer care and support services to enable you to maintain or regain the ability to live independently in your own home or avoid premature admission to residential care.
It is a time limited intervention, usually of up to six weeks, but it should not have a strict time limit. The support provided should depend on your needs and the outcomes the support seeks to achieve.
(Age Concern 2015)
Dementia Strategy 2015-18
The draft strategy forms the Northamptonshire Strategy for Dementia 2015-2018. It is based on the current national guidance, set out in “Living well with dementia: A National Dementia Strategy” (2009), a local needs assessment and review of current provision. The strategy aims to provide an overarching statement of how we can collectively meet the objectives of the National Dementia Strategy (NDS) whilst allowing the flexibility of responding to local needs. It has been developed with the Northamptonshire Dementia Strategy Group, working in partnership with Adult Social Care, NHS Services, and third sector organisations.
The headline trend for both Northamptonshire and England’s population is that it is ageing with ‘top-heavy’ demographic aged 65 years and over. This age group has increased at more than double the rate of general population growth. The impact of this will be that there will be substantial growth in a demographic who will have significant support needs, and accumulating conditions, as a result of both organic ageing and social circumstance.
Key Recommendations for the Local Dementia Strategy
- Improved intermediate care for people with dementia
- Improved end of life care for people with dementia.
- Develop options for housing support, housing-related services and telecare to support people with dementia and their carers.
- Implementing the Carers’ Strategy, and alternative respite care options.
- Develop sustainable dementia care homes market that delivers quality assurance.