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.
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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