Perth Royal Infirmary Liaison Service

Examples of Practice

Improved access to dementia liaison services in Perth Royal Infirmary to improve the knowledge and skills of nursing, AHP and social work staff which will improve the management and care  of patients with dementia / delirium in a general hospital environment and within the community.

Proactively identify patients with a cognitive impairment who would benefit from early supported discharge.

Read more

Person Centred Communication Group Work

Examples of Practice

This case study highlights the use of additional AHP support which was provided to community service users through the use of Change Fund resources.

A man with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease was referred to Speech & Language Therapy.  He was experiencing word finding difficulties as his primary symptom and felt frustrated.  I visited him at home and heard many stories about his life travelling the world with the army.  His wife supported his conversation skills.  Denis clearly demonstrated a passion for the topic and was motivated to communicate. I was already working with another man, John, following his stroke.  His speech was non- fluent with long hesitations as he struggled to retrieve the word.  He had also travelled the world with the army and was interested in sharing his experiences in therapy.  Both gentlemen lacked the vocabulary to discuss their past easily with a new conversation partner.  Both gentlemen were frustrated by their difficulties and felt increasingly passive. It transpired that both men held the same rank in the army (Warrant Officer 2).  I knew little about this rank and their progression to this position.  I asked them if they would be interested in working together and they agreed.

Read more

Early Input for Dementia by Speech and Language Therapy

Examples of Practice

This Example of Practice is a case study which highlights the use of additional AHP support which was provided to community service users through the use of Change Fund resources.

Service user was referred to speech and language therapy by her GP.  She had been experiencing significant word-finding difficulties and was worried about her memory. Previously service user would have waited a lengthy period for assessment which would have required out patient assessment.

Read more

Early diagnosis of dementia

Examples of Practice

Continue to increase the rate of diagnosis, agree a diagnosis pathway for dementia that complies with the Dementia Standards and enhance current provision of post diagnostic support to achieve the Post Diagnostic Heat Target.

Read more