Mild Cognitive Impairment
Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) describes issues with memory or thinking that aren’t as severe as dementia but may develop into dementia later. We’re working with healthcare services across Greater Manchester to support early diagnosis of MCI and ensure everybody receives the care they need.
Greater Moments (formerly the lived experience barometer)
People living with dementia and those who care for them are at the heart of all our work. They are invited to all of our meetings, events and workshops. Our partners, tide, together in dementia everyday, are charged with ensuring the real experience of carers underpins every action we take.
In partnership with Social Sense, we’re developing a tool to test, measure and capture data on the real experience of people living with dementia and those who care for them. Operating in real-time the data will be used to both personalise their care and inform our future work.
Working with all ten localities across Greater Manchester we’re looking at:
• How we can improve people’s post-diagnosis experience.
• What information and services are available immediately following diagnosis
• How easy it is to access these.
• How technology can contribute.
Dementia care should be equal across all Greater Manchester. We’re working to ensure everybody living in our region has the same access and quality of support – from obtaining an initial diagnosis through to the full range of post-diagnostic care and support.
DEMENTIA FRIENDLY TRANSPORT SYSTEM
Together with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and Transport for Greater Manchester we’re making our region’s transport more dementia-friendly. From training for transport staff, to simplifying schemes such as travel reimbursement, and coordinating hospital appointment transport.
End of life care
We’re providing Advance Care Plan (ACP) training for more people working in dementia care. We’re developing End of Life Care Champions to monitor the experience of people with dementia in palliative care, so we can identify further training needs for the future.
Delirium can be difficult to detect. We’re helping to educate hospital staff, communities and the public so we can detect delirium earlier. We’re also promoting evidence based, non-pharmacological approaches to managing the condition.
YOUNG ONSET AND RARER FORMS
We’re raising awareness of young onset and rarer forms of dementia to help earlier detection and tailored care. Guidance is being created for those with young onset dementia eg employment and support for children.
Health Innovation Manchester is working with academia, the healthcare system, commissioners and providers within Greater Manchester to consider the future possibilities of prevention, via the development of an Early Dementia Diagnostic framework for Greater Manchester working with the Dementia Industry Group, which is a life sciences industry collaborative group supporting the UK to lead in the field of dementia treatment and research.
The vision is to improve outcomes in dementia by ensuring optimal access and uptake of innovative technologies and treatments for eligible patients as well as ensuring the health and care system is geared to provide the best support for people living with dementia by establishing an early detection and diagnostic framework for Greater Manchester.
Help shape the future of dementia care and support.
During these challenging times, as we all try to adapt to a new normal, keeping ourselves and our loved ones safe is at the top of everyone’s priority list, especially if yourself or a loved one is living with dementia. The challenges social distancing bring for those with a dementia are wide-reaching and as varied as the disease itself; that’s why it’s so important that we hear from patients and carers in this challenging time to help us understand their needs and concerns.
Dementia and COVID research is adapting, offering patients new, safe, ways to ensure their voices are heard and enabling researchers to understand individual concerns about the impact COVID-19 has had on their lives. For those who have the capacity and time, Join Dementia Research offers access to a number of studies which can be completed online or over the phone, you can find out more by calling the Alzheimer’s society on: 0333 150 3456, Alzheimer’s Research UK on: 0300 111 5 111 or visiting their website: www.joindementiaresearch.nihr.ac.uk