Diagnosis and Post-Diagnostic Support in Primary Care

In September 2018 Focus on Dementia, in partnership with Alzheimer Scotland and NHS Education for Scotland, began working with 3 GP Clusters, Shetland, East Edinburgh and Nithsdale in Dumfries and Galloway, to test the relocation, or closer alignment, of diagnosis and PDS into primary care.

In total, 27 GP practices were involved, with each site supported to innovate. This resulted in Nithsdale testing the relocation of dementia diagnosis into GP surgeries, East Edinburgh delivering pre and post-diagnostic support from their surgeries and Shetland’s nurse-led diagnosis pathway being completed by a discrete PDS practitioner linking with primary care. This three year pilot came to an end on 31 March 2021.

Blake Stevenson Ltd, an independent social research company, externally evaluated the work to fully capture and report on the impact of relocating dementia expertise into primary care.

A researcher was allocated to each test site as part of this evaluation, interviewing people in the area to find out their thoughts about the support they received to help them live with dementia. This will help the Scottish Government to improve support for people affected by dementia across Scotland. 

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The full report will be available early 2022.

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