What is the Dementia Wellbeing Service?

The Dementia Wellbeing Service is delivered by the Bristol Dementia Partnership  which brings together Alzheimer’s Society and Devon Partnership NHS Trust. Since 1 April 2015, it has been responsible for delivering dementia services in the city. The service is commissioned by Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group as part of its Bristol Mental Health services. The Dementia Wellbeing Service brings together a whole range of professionals which includes Nurses, Social Workers, Support Staff, Therapists and Medics.

How we work

We work with various partners from across Bristol, bringing them together to create personalised wellbeing plans for those who use our service. We support GPs and other health professionals and carers to support people affected by dementia.

The Dementia Wellbeing Service aims to provide support, guidance and help when, and where people want it – and in a way that suits them.

When designing the new service we worked with those living with dementia, their friends, families and carers to understand what they wanted. Everyone we spoke to told us that they want services to support the person with dementia to live as well as possible, for as long as possible – which is what we are here to do.

Every GP practice in Bristol has a named Dementia Practitioner and Dementia Navigator. You can see and read about what they do here:

Dementia Practitioners are qualified members of the care team who works closely with the person with dementia and their GP to identify and support people with memory problems and possible dementia. They can provide Specialist Memory assessments to aid early diagnosis and offer therapeutic interventions to support people and their families at difficult times throughout their illness.

Dementia Navigators are there to support the person who has a diagnosis of dementia and their carer. They work in a person-centred way, trying to maintain the independence of the person with dementia and promote their quality of life. The navigator will look at local groups and activities in the community as a way of enhancing their quality of life as well as signposting to other agencies, providing information, guidance, practical and emotional support.

On this website you can find information about the service and support information for those living with dementia. The information here is also of use for clinicians, carers and families looking after people with dementia. You can also get access to materials and information about the service as well as keep up to date with news and developments.

If you have any questions about the service, or comments about the website, please contact us.

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