Dementia Together - Supporting Implementation and Evaluation
In September 2014, the First Minister and Deputy First Minister announced details of three new Signature Programmes, supported by the Northern Ireland Executive together with The Atlantic Philanthropies. One of these Signature Programmes focuses on services for people with dementia and their families and carers. Agencies involved in implementing the Programme include the Health and Social Care Board, the Public Health Agency and Health and Social Care Trusts.
The Dementia Together Programme seeks to achieve the following outcomes:
- The Programme will ensure that the onset and progression of dementia in the NI population is delayed
- People with dementia have the health and social care services they need
- People with dementia live well in Northern Ireland.
In 2015, CES was appointed to provide technical assistance to this Programme. The two main aims of CES’s support are:
- To ensure that the Dementia team will have increased their skills in evidence, outcomes, implementation and evaluation, and
- To support the Programme to be evidence and outcomes focused.
Three workstreams have been identified within the Programme and CES’s role involves supporting the use of evidence, evaluation and implementation of all three workstreams.
- The first workstream focuses on effective information and supports for people living with dementia and their families. Navigator posts are also being created to support people living with dementia and their carers.
- The second workstream focuses on training and development, and aims to identify a number ‘dementia champions’ amongst health and social care practitioners, to help improve outcomes for people living with dementia and their families. A project to increase understanding and competence in the identification and treatment of delirium will also be developed.
- The third workstream focuses on a ‘short breaks’ service, to provide care for carers of people with dementia.
CES’s role is to support the Dementia Together team in accessing evidence to inform the design of services across all three workstreams. CES will help translate the implications of the evidence review to inform service design and plan for implementation of the projects. CES will undertake an evidence review, and ensure that the implications of the review are applied to service design and implementation of projects.
The impact of the Programme will be measured using a technique called Outcomes Based Accountability. This involves the development of a scorecard at population level but also for each project. CES is working with the Dementia Team to support the development of scorecards for each project being taken forward under the programme, and to support staff to increase skills in evaluation and data collection.