About the service
Calderdale memory service is a commissioned service for people living in the geographical area of Calderdale. Referrals are received via our Single Point of Access service that leads to a specialist assessment, diagnosis, and appropriate treatment by our memory team.
Calderdale memory service is committed to providing a high quality, person-centred, robust assessment, and diagnostic service for those people thought to be experiencing memory problems that may be associated with a dementia condition. People with suspected dementia, or who have a diagnosis of dementia, and their carers receive a service that takes into account the persons unique and changing personal, psychosocial and physical needs.
The various functions carried out by Calderdale memory service are as follows:
- Assessment – provided in a clinic setting or where a person is restricted to home due to physical health then a home visit can be arranged
- Diagnostic service – provided in a clinic setting with a consultant psychiatrist or an advanced nurse practitioner.
- Initiation, titration and stabilisation of memory medication.
- Where appropriate, ongoing support in the community for patients suffering from cognitive impairment associated with dementia.
The service comprises of registered mental health nurses and has an advanced nurse practitioner and a non-medical prescriber as well as access to consultant psychiatrists.
Those people living with dementia who reside in24-hour care and require assessment of their memory and support as to managing challenging behaviours have access to our care home liaison team.
Calderdale memory service works closely with other teams such as the community mental health team, occupational therapists, intensive support, GPs, clinical psychologists, social services, and also third sector services, such as The Alzheimer’s Society.
An initial assessment will be conducted in our memory clinic by one of our memory team and if appropriate a diagnostic appointment will be made with a consultant psychiatrist. In less complex cases a person can be assessed by one of our advanced nurse practitioners. If a person is to begin medical treatment for their dementia they will receive ongoing support and monitoring by one of our memory nurses. Where there is evidence that the person is concordant with their medical treatment, and there are no significant concerns, a transfer of care will take place back to the care of the person’s GP for ongoing prescriptions. The person can be re-referred to older people’s mental health teams for further assessment and support should the need arise.
Why would someone choose the service?
- The memory service is MSNAP accredited and is reviewed for quality standards every two years.
- Calderdale memory service is based at The Laura Mitchell Health and Wellbeing Centre which is very close to Halifax town centre. It is easily accessed by public transport and has good disabled access. Facilities include a café on the ground floor. Clients and carers alike often comment on the warm welcome they receive from our staff, and how quickly they feel at ease.
- Our team comprises of highly skilled, experienced, caring staff who strive to ensure your experience of memory services is a positive one. We treat each and every person with dignity and respect, and always ensure that your assessment is not rushed, and all your concerns are heard.
- Depending on the need we can, if necessary, visit your home to complete our assessment.
Staff you may meet
- Administrative staff provide essential support to doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals. This can be in a variety of different settings, with administrators working as a receptionist in a clinic or a clerk on a ward. They may also be working closely with a consultant as a medical secretary.
- A care navigator provides advice and support to individuals their families or carers during their care. They often make home visits and support hospital discharges. Care navigators can also signpost and refer individuals to the appropriate services or help arrange care based on the individual’s needs.
- Dietitians use the science of food to help people to make good choices about food and lifestyle. Nutrition is an important part of recovery and wellbeing. All service users admitted to a Trust ward have their nutritional state assessed.
- There are more than 60 different specialities that doctors work within the NHS. Each is unique but there are many characteristics which are common. Roles range from working in a hospital to being based in the community as a GP.
- Nurses who choose to specialise in the mental health branch of nursing work with GPs, psychiatrists, psychologists, and others, to help care for patients. Increasingly, care is given in the community, with mental health nurses visiting patients and their families at home, in residential centres, in prisons or in specialist clinics or units.
- Occupational therapy is the assessment and treatment of physical and psychiatric conditions using specific, purposeful activity to prevent disability and promote independent function in all aspects of daily life.
- The NHS employs a wide range of clinical staff, it wouldn’t be possible to list them all on this website! All our clinical staff are skilled, dedicated professionals who adhere to high standards of training and work-place practice.
- Adult psychotherapists work with people to assess and treat a range of emotional, social or mental health issues. They help people tackle problems such as behavioural issues, common challenges such as anxiety and depression or more complex or severe issues, such as psychosis or a personality disorder diagnosis.
- Social workers help, support and protect people who are facing difficulties in their lives. They help people to take positive steps to overcome problems and improve their lives. This could involve assessing and reviewing a service user’s situation, building relationships with service users and their families and agreeing what practical support someone needs.
Why a professional should choose the service
- Accredited for the provision of assessment and diagnosis of dementia and accredited for the provision of psychosocial interventions for dementia achieved under the Memory Services National Accreditation Programme, Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Centre for Quality Improvement, for the period July 2013 to July 2015
- Our staff are all trained in dementia awareness as a minimum and many have more specific training in the care of people with dementia, including Dementia Care Mapping and Person Centred Approaches.
- Following implementation of a new business plan, we are committed to increasing the capacity of the service to enable us to process more new memory referrals in keeping with the predicted rise in incidence and prevalence of an ageing population.
- Early diagnosis of dementia.
- Lower levels of support to meet the needs of those people with early diagnosis, including dementia advice, carer support and peer support.
- Enhanced levels of support for people with dementia whose needs are changing.
- Care management in line with the principles of the Care Programme Approach for those people with complex needs.
- Assessment of memory and functioning.
- Diagnostic procedures to identify presence of dementia/organic illness.
- Prescription of appropriate drug therapy.
- Initial assessment of social needs including support to patients and carers; signposting to other organisations who may be able to help further; advice on health and lifestyle and advice on legal and financial affairs.
- Ongoing support to patients and their carers from early diagnosis into community interventions when people need more intensive support in place.
- prolonging their period of independent living
- improving the wellbeing of carers
- improving the quality of primary care interventions for dementia
- managing pressures on acute hospitals and reducing the need for emergency social care provision
Referrals accepted from:
A & E, AHPs, Carers/family, CMHTs, Consultants, GP staff, GPs, Hospital staff, Housing associations, Local authority staff, Other NHS services, Other Trust services, Patients(self-referral), Police, Single Point of Access team, Voluntary services
All urgent and routine initial referrals are to be made through Calderdale Single Point of Access.
Once assessed and known to the service, service users can contact the dementia support team on 01422 352789