Diagnosis and Post-Diagnostic Support in Primary Care
Since September 2018 Focus on Dementia, in partnership with Alzheimer Scotland and NHS Education for Scotland, has been working with services to test the relocation of diagnosis and post-diagnostic support (PDS) services within primary care.
The project involves working with three GP Clusters across Scotland (Nithsdale in Dumfries and Galloway, Shetland and East Edinburgh) to test the relocation, or closer alignment, of PDS into primary care. In total, 27 GP practices are involved, with each site encouraged to try new ways of working.
This work is being externally evaluated by Blake Stevenson Ltd, an independent social research company, to fully capture and report on the impact of relocating PDS to primary care.
A researcher has been allocated to each test site and as part of this evaluation will be interviewing people in the area to find out what they think about the support they have received to help them live with dementia. This will help the Scottish Government to improve support for people affected by dementia across Scotland.
The full report will be available in May 2021.