New-look Dementia Support Service launched across Leicester City and Leicestershire

New-look Dementia Support Service launched across Leicester City and Leicestershire

2nd October 2017
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Health and Social Care bosses across Leicester City and Leicestershire have awarded the Alzheimer’s Society a new contract to deliver a revitalised Dementia Support Service. The service which launched today, 2 October 2017 has been developed to benefit people living with dementia and their carers across the region.

The dementia charity successfully won the tender for the jointly-commissioned service which spans health and social care organisations. The newly-commissioned integrated service will see the Alzheimer’s Society working with local partners, to ensure that the refreshed and improved service will better meet the needs of people with dementia and their carers. Services will be rolled out across Leicester City and Leicestershire communities in the coming months along with improved services offered via University Hospitals of Leicester.

The Dementia Support Service will see the charity uniting with a number of organisations across the city and county to offer:
• Information, advice and guidance
• One to one emotional and practical support
• Group support
• Learning programmes for carers and people living with dementia

There are currently over 12,000 people living with dementia in Leicester City and Leicestershire. Nationally it is predicted that there are 850,000 people with the condition with numbers predicted to rise to over one million by 2025.

Councillor Richard Blunt, Leicestershire County Council’s cabinet member for adult social care, said: "I very much welcome the launch of the service which will support people affected by dementia as well as their families and carers. Each person is unique and will experience dementia, and the impact on their lives, in their own way, so it’s a big step forward that there will be a specific service which can respond to people's individual needs. It also underlines our commitment to supporting people with dementia."

Collaborative support and funding from Leicester City Council, Leicestershire County Council, East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group, West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group and Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group has enabled the Alzheimer’s Society to plan and deliver integrated services as part of the new support service that will supplement care that people with dementia receive to make a real difference to their quality of life.

Dr Girish Purohit, Dementia Lead across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) said: “Early detection and diagnosis of dementia is a key priority for us, so that we are able to offer the best course of treatment and care for our patients and offer support to their carers across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. We are working collaboratively across the region to develop and deliver a Dementia Strategy which meets the needs of people living with dementia and their carers; as part of this we are delighted that the newly refreshed and people-focussed Dementia Support Service is now operational and we look forward to working with The Alzheimer’s Society and our local partners to deliver care and support in an integrated way.”

Sally Grundy, Alzheimer’s Society Operations Manager for Leicestershire added: “We are thrilled that the Clinical Commissioning Groups and Local Authorities in Leicestershire and Leicester City are united against dementia, with a shared vision to improve the lives of the thousands of people with the condition in the city and county. Dementia is a progressive condition and there is currently no cure but with the right support we can help people live well.”

The new integrated Dementia Support Service will link into local organisations including:
• The memory assessment service provided by Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust
• University Hospitals Leicester NHS Trust
• General Medical Practices in Leicestershire and Leicester City
• Adult Social Care teams in Leicestershire and Leicester City
• Other voluntary organisations and locally based voluntary groups
• Rutland County Council’s Adult Social Care service

If you are living with dementia or have concerns about your memory, contact The Alzheimer’s Society on 0116 2316921 or leicestershireandrutland@alzheimers.org.uk.