Collaborative project to co-ordinate care for patients with dementia
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Collaborative project to co-ordinate care for patients with dementia

Dorothy Kennerley Nurse consultant, Led the Suffolk Nurse Leaders Group project for the NHS Suffolk County Workforce Group
Robert Bolas Director of nursing and deputy chief executive, Suffolk Mental Health Partnership Trust
Jennifer Bourne Policy consultant, Barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand
Kathy Branson Head of education and development, East of England deanery
Penny Cavenagh Director of research and enterprise and head of graduate school, University Campus Suffolk
Pam Chappell Chief nurse/head of quality and governance, Suffolk Community Healthcare
Gwen Collins Deputy chief nurse, East of England Strategic Health Authority
Nick Coveney Director of nursing and patient services, James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Nicole Day Executive chief nurse, West Suffolk Hospital NHS Trust
Mary Hardman Deputy director adult and older persons care services, NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney Community Services
Sue Hayter Formerly director of patient safety and clinical quality, NHS Suffolk
Pam Fenner Director of nursing and quality, NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney
Jennifer Jones Programme director, Suffolk County Workforce Development and Education Commissioning, NHS Suffolk
Siobhan Jordan Director of nursing and quality/director, Infection prevention and control, Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust
Brendon Noble Head of school of science, technology and health, University Campus Suffolk
Sarah Osbourne Director of governance, and nursing, Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health Trust
Carol Smith Head of school of nursing and midwifery, University Campus Suffolk
Lynn Wigens Director of patient safety and clinical quality, NHS Suffolk

An initiative that drew on local knowledge, resources and carer input has improved patients’ experiences in Suffolk and, although specific to dementia services, the process could be applied to other settings, says the Suffolk Nurse Leaders Group

Health leaders from across Suffolk joined together in a collaborative action-learning project to identify ways of offering more productive and personalised care for patients with dementia and their carers. The project revealed a range of factors necessary for success, notably professional collaboration and effective facilitation. The outcome was a range of evidenced-based recommendations to improve care and efficiency, as well as ensuring that the quality, innovation, productivity and prevention (QIPP) agenda was met. The lessons can be applied not just in dementia care, but to other long-term and complex care situations.

Nursing Management. 18, 2, 27-31. doi: 10.7748/nm2011.

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