Dementia Intermediate Care Service


Short Title
Category Post Diagnosis
Organisation Dorset Healthcare FT
Contact Name Samuel Warren
Contact Email Richard.lawmin@dhuft.nhs.uk
Web Link http://goo.gl/1lXduq
Sector Community
Region Dorset
Postcode BH170RB
Active Yes

Restructuring of local dementia services led to 54% reduction in organic assessment beds in use (71 beds to 33 beds) and setting up of Intermediate Care Service for Dementia (ICSD) in April 2013.

ICSD is an MDT consisting of 12 MH nurses, 16 health care support workers, an OT and input from 3 consultant psychiatrists. During 10 months, 204 referrals. Only 19% required inpatient admission due to escalated risk.

Outcome

Positive impact in keeping people with dementia in crisis out of hospital - many in their own care environment. High degree of service satisfaction. Further work emphasised on using appropriate outcome measures.


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