The service is designed for men and women with a diagnosis of dementia, who may have pre-existing mental health diagnoses and present with complex needs. We specialise in treating people with more than one diagnosis, for example people who have a diagnosis of Personality Disorder or Psychosis with an overriding Dementia, and whose behaviour presents as a challenge to services.
Our assessment of needs and implementation of treatment plans are delivered by a multidisciplinary team, including a Consultant Psychiatrist, qualified nurses with specialist therapeutic skills, skilled and experienced support workers, a Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Psychologist, an Occupational Therapist, Social Worker, Dietitian, GP and Physiotherapist. Advocacy and involvement services also contribute. We have access to more specialist services such as Tissue Viability Nurses and Macmillan nurses.
Our person centred approach enables us to fully utilise the skills of the team and include family and friends to help develop an understanding of the person’s needs. Through the process of formulation we try to understand the person in more depth using information based on:
We aim to offer patients care and treatment that will enable them to reach stability in their lives, so that they can reach their potential and optimise their quality of life. We aim for people to live in the least restrictive environment. Our service offers support to family and friends through our Friends, Family and Carers’ Forum.