Improving patient care

Dementia Friends

There’s some really good news in North Kirklees as all 29 GP practices have now signed up to become ‘Dementia Friends’. Dementia Friends learn a little bit about what it’s like to live with dementia and turn that understanding into action. Representatives from GP practices and other healthcare professionals in North Kirklees have attended information sessions in partnership with the Kirklees Dementia Action Alliance.  The Alliance was formed with the aim to involve as many people as possible to secure a “Kinder Kirklees” for those people living with dementia.

Last month, the CCG also received an award from the Alliance recognising us as a membership organisation working towards becoming dementia friendly.

We would encourage everyone to support the Dementia Friends initiative.  For more information, or if you would like to become a Dementia Friend visit the Alzheimer’s Society web pages at

In the vanguard

We’ve had some really good news as the West Yorkshire Urgent and Emergency Care Network has been selected as one of eight new vanguards that will launch the transformation of urgent and emergency care.

The West Yorkshire Urgent and Emergency Care Network will oversee, with local partners, the improvement of urgent care for more than three million people in West Yorkshire.

Building on the recent success in improving trauma survival rates, the urgent and emergency care vanguards are tasked with changing the way in which all organisations work together to provide care in a more joined up way for patients.

Urgent care is delivered not only in hospitals but by GPs, pharmacists, community teams, ambulance services, NHS 111, social care and others, and through patients being given support and education to manage their own conditions. A key aim of the vanguards is to not only improve the access and delivery of these services but to break down boundaries between physical and mental health services to improve the quality of care and experience for all.

You can find out more about the West Yorkshire Urgent and Emergency Care Network and the vanguards here.

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