• 23May

    New dementia roadmap supports patients and carers to access information and support

    A new online tool to help people with dementia access care in their local area has been launched by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).

     

    The Dementia Roadmap is a comprehensive ‘one stop shop’ designed to reflect a patient’s needs as they progress through the disease and signpost them to relevant local resources at the right time, from diagnosis onwards. The main audience is staff working in primary care, including GPs, nurses, dementia navigators and practice managers. The local Roadmaps will also be of benefit to professionals supporting people with dementia their family and carers, people worried about memory problems, people living with dementia and their carers and families.

     

    Produced in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Society and funded by the Department of Health, the Dementia Roadmap provides a platform to help CCGs and local organisations to bring together information for patients in their area for the first time. It provides information about understanding dementia, memory worries, the diagnostic process, post-diagnosis support, living well with dementia, carer health and planning for the future. This is supplemented by details of local information and services for patients, such as memory clinics, hospitals, care homes, and specialist residential housing.

     

    Designed by GPs and other primary care staff, the Dementia Roadmap project has been piloted in Devon, North Somerset and South Gloucester so far, with more pilots planned across England in the future.

     

    Dr Maureen Baker, Chair of the RCGP said:

    “Nearly every day in our surgeries, GPs are witnessing the devastating impact of dementia on patients and their families. Every person diagnosed with dementia will have a different experience of the disease. This is why it is vital for doctors to have access to the most comprehensive information about the services and resources locally available.”

     

    Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Society said:

    “Receiving a diagnosis of dementia can trigger a range of emotions not only for the person living with the condition but also their family and friends. Knowing where to turn for information and support from the outset is hugely important. This Roadmap will help GPs support their patients as they navigate their dementia journey. By signposting to support in the local community, it will help to ensure no one has to face dementia alone.”