Developing a dementia pathway

The aim was to develop a pathway which is considered to be a ‘blue print’ for the North East and North Cumbria. The project achieved this by building on the NICE dementia pathway and key standards to develop an integrated model to support people’s social, emotional and health needs, putting the emphasis on providing support for all cognitive disorders including people with dementia.

The Network worked with partners in Northumbria University who introduced a disruptive design approach, holding a workshop with 30 key local stakeholders. The output of the workshop was displayed and developed during public consultation which went on for two weeks in an accessible city centre location.

The product has evolved into a needs based tool to help people with dementia and their carers navigate to and access the support they want from the range of options existing across the health, social and charitable sectors.

As of March 2016 the North East and Cumbria dementia diagnosis rate was 73.9%, well in excess of the two thirds target set by the government and second highest of all regions in the country. Our contribution to this rate came from various pieces of work to raise awareness, but also from our role in helping to coordinate previous cross organisation efforts to improve coding.