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Nurse-led dementia liaison service acts as bridge to secondary care

GP practices in Stoke-on-Trent and across North Staffordshire are benefiting from the support of dementia primary care liaison nurses as part of a new community service. Introduced in September last year, the nurse-led service, ran by North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust, acts as a bridge between primary health care and secondary mental health services

GP practices in Stoke-on-Trent and across North Staffordshire are benefiting from the support of dementia primary care liaison nurses as part of a new community service. Introduced in September last year, the nurse-led service, ran by North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust, acts as a bridge between primary health care and secondary mental health services.

Before the dementia primary care liaison service had been introduced, patients with dementia were required to attend one of the trust’s hospital-based memory assessment service clinics for regular reviews. Now, patients with confirmed diagnoses of dementia, who are stable and established on their medications, can be reviewed in the community as part of the service’s nurse-led memory clinics.

The band 6 nurses have established clinics in their allocated GP practices, which enables patients to receive care and support closer to home in a familiar environment. Patients can be seen at home or in

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