Helping primary care to support people with dementia

Doncaster Dementia Roadmap

Dementia Friendly DoncasterThe Doncaster Dementia Roadmap provides high quality information about the dementia journey alongside local information about services, support groups and care pathways.

The number of people with dementia in the UK reached 850,000 in 2015 and is expected to reach one million by 2025. It is estimated that just over 3,600 people are currently living with dementia in Doncaster, with 2,742 on GP dementia registers.

What is dementia?

Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease or a series of strokes.   Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, but there are many other types. Dementia is not a natural part of the ageing process but it is more common in people over the age of 65 and the likelihood of developing dementia does increase with age. However, it can affect younger people too. Dementia affects everyone differently.

Signs and symptoms of dementia

There are a number of warning signs to look out for, including:

  • Memory loss – forgetting names, places, recent events or conversations
  • Challenges in planning, making decisions or solving problems
  • Difficulty completing familiar everyday tasks
  • Feeling confused, even when in a familiar environment
  • Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships – judging distances, not recognising themselves in a mirror
  • Problems with communication – speaking or writing, struggling to follow conversations
  • Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
  • Changes in mood or personality – may become anxious, upset, suspicious, fearful

If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these warning signs, or if you have concerns about dementia, speak to your doctor.

Our Dementia Priorities for 2018/19

  • Doncaster will continue to meet the national dementia diagnosis rate ambition of 68.7% and increase this to a nationally recognised top performance of 75.5% (August 2017)
  • Dementia diagnosis will remain 2/3 of estimated local prevalence (1 of 9 must do’s in the NHS contract 2017-2019)
  • Everyone with dementia will receive the same response and offer/opportunities across the dementia pathway by 2021.
  • By 2021 achieve national ambition of 85% of people referred and accepted for assessment will receive a diagnosis and commence treatment within 6 weeks.
  • By 2021 of  those receiving a diagnosis, 100% will have an agreed care plan (moderate/severe stages) and in early stages where appropriate and an identified co-ordinator of care.
  • Reduce levels of acute activity in favour of appropriate care setting responses for dementia patients in Mental Health crisis or with an urgent physical need from 2016/17.
  • Increase number of people with dementia living independently.


Directory of Dementia Services in Doncaster

A list of local and national support services available for people living with dementia and their carers.

Doncaster Directory of Dementia Services 2019

How living with dementia could be

How living with dementia could beHow living with dementia could be is a short animated video that highlights living with dementia through the ‘well pathway for dementia’.

The animation shows the importance of a holistic partnership approach to supporting the person with dementia, their families and carers within local communities.

Pages of interest

Well pathway for dementia

  1. Preventing wellThis section provides details of groups and resources related to the prevention of dementia, ensuring that the risk of people developing…
  2. Diagnosing wellDiagnosing dementia is often difficult, particularly in the early stages. The GP is usually the first person who is  consulted either…
  3. Supporting wellWhen someone is diagnosed with dementia, they should be supported to remain as independent as possible, and to continue to enjoy their…
  4. Living wellMany people are happier if they can remain independent and in their own homes as long as possible. It is important for clinicians to…
  1. Dying wellWhen someone is diagnosed with dementia, they should be encouraged to remain as independent as possible, and to continue to enjoy their…
  2. Caring wellGPs and the primary care team can provide carers with invaluable support, advice and information. For example, they can provide information…
  3. UnderpinningThis section contains details of groups and resources relevant to several topics that underpin the well pathway for dementia, such…

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