GP Dementia Awareness Training

Project Aim

 The aim of this project was to implement an evidence based learning methodology for GP dementia awareness training with a defined group of GPs within the Thames Valley in order to:

  • Assess ease of implementation.
  • Identify the barriers that would need to be overcome should it be decided to roll out the methodology on a larger scale.
  • Test out the means to overcome barriers and provide feedback on the success, or not, of these means.

Project Benefits/Outcomes

 The Project had the following benefits to patients:

  • Quality:
    • Effectiveness of Care: Improvement to patient outcomes.
    • Patient Experience: Timely diagnosis of dementia allowing patients to make their own decisions about their future lives.
  • Innovation:  This project will give patients access to innovative practices.

The project delivered the following additional benefits:

  • An assessment of the viability of the Evi-Dem methodology’s viability in supporting early diagnosis of dementia.
  • An understanding of the additional resources that would be required to roll out the methodology on a larger scale.

The desired outcomes of the project were:

  • Increased GP awareness and understanding.
  • An increase in early diagnosis of dementia within two GP consortia.
  • An understanding of the barriers to implementing the Evi-Dem methodology on a larger scale and identification of potential solutions.
  • An understanding of how the Evi-Dem methodology could be implemented on a larger scale and the resources/support required to do so. 

Background

An evidence based learning methodology for GP dementia awareness training had been developed by the Evi-Dem programme led by Professor Steve Iliffe at University College, London and was trialled through volunteer GP practices in London and the East of England.  This trial assessed the validity of the methodology for GPs and practice staff.

The department of Health and South Central SHA were interested in the utility of this methodology as a means of contributing to the delivery of one of the priority areas of the National Dementia Strategy Good Quality Early Diagnosis and Intervention for All.  Of particular interest was the ease with which it could be practically rolled out to GPs both on a larger scale and to those GPs who might be less open to the concept.

Project Summary

The project ran from May 2011 to May 2012. It covered two GP consortia, consisting of 35 GP practices in total. Facilitated training sessions were run in individual practices over this time.  At the conclusion of the project, a full report was produced which can be obtained by emailing: knowledgeteam@tvhiec.org.uk. A summary of the report is attached here: GP Dementia Awareness Training report

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