Dementia in Barnet

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Barnet conducted a review examining resident’s experiences of dementia and the service provision in the borough. The team used focus groups, interviews and a case study to gather feedback from 170 residents and care staff. Desk-based research was used to find out about what services are available in Barnet for people with dementia. The report offers an extensive background of dementia services in Barnet. From engagement with the local community, it was found that around a third of people with dementia are not know to primary care professionals and that related hospital admissions had tripled between 2014-15. The participants did not have information prior to diagnosis and suggested that professionals play a key role in the quality of care. The report made a number of recommendations around raising awareness of dementia among primary care professionals and across ethnic minority communities, to offer community day services for early stage dementia and further involve patients and carers in decisions about their care. No service provider response is provided in the report.

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General details

Report title 
Dementia in Barnet
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Barnet
Date of publication 
Friday, 15 July, 2016
Type of report 
Report
Key themes 
Continuity of care
Diagnosis
Health inequalities
Information providing
Quality of care
Support
Healthwatch reference number 
Rep-5521

Methodology and approach

Primary research method used 
Focus group
Structured interview
User stories
How was the information collected? 
Research

Details of health and care services included in the report

Primary care services 
GP practice
Urgent and emergency care services 
Accident & emergency

Details about conditions and diseases

Types of disabilities 
Memory
Types of long term conditions 
Alzheimer’s disease or dementia

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
170
Does the information include public's views? 
Yes
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Yes
Does the information include staff's views? 
Yes
Types of health and care professionals engaged 
Allied health care professionals
Does the information include other people's views? 
No
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 
Mixed

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Yes
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
No
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
No
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
No

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
 
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
 
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.