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Dementia project

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Dementia project

The dementia project is focused on supporting improved sharing of information between health and care professionals to enhance care and support for people at risk of developing dementia or living with dementia in Greater Manchester.

We are developing a suite of technologies to join up clinical systems and patient information into a shared care record to identify people who are living with dementia and to help then live better.

It will also help to alert people quickly to new and relevant information which is important to people's health and wellbeing.

By ensuring records are consistent and instantly updated, we can track how dementia is progressing and develop advanced care plans. We can also prescribe the right medication, prevent hospital admissions and improve overall quality of life.

This project will first be delivered in Salford.

Around 30,000 people are estimated to be living with dementia in Greater Manchester. However, all too often their care is not joined up and patients, carers and professionals are not able to access information that would inform better care and treatment.

We are developing a suite of technologies that will join up clinical systems and patient information so that dementia can be detected earlier. It will mean patient records are consistent and instantly updated, we can properly track how the disease is progressing and develop advanced care plans. It will also help us prescribe the right medication, prevent hospital admissions and improve people's overall quality of life. It will mean that people living with dementia and their carers will have access to their information to make more informed choices about their own health and care.

This project is being led by Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust on behalf of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership.  Funding has been provided by NHS England as part of the national Local Health Care Record Exemplar programme.

What's happening?

The new technology will allow the sharing of:

  • admission and discharge notifications across health and care services
  • diagnosis results and confirmed diagnosis for dementia and frailty with appropriate stakeholders
  • out of hours records
  • advanced care plans 

Information will be shared and interoperable between:

  • General Practice
  • Community Specialist Services
  • Adult Social Services
  • GP out of hours services
  • Patients and their carers

The aim is to also integrate information across Adult Mental Health Services, 111 services provided by the North West Ambulance Services and with the Emergency Department at Tameside General Hospital.

When will this happen?

The current plan is to roll out the Greater Manchester Digital Platform for the dementia use cases in three releases up to September 2020.