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Dementia Skills and Competencies for Primary Care Liaison: a Model for Improving Identification and Timely Diagnosis

De Vries, Kay, Brooker, Dawn ORCID: and Smith, P. (2012) Dementia Skills and Competencies for Primary Care Liaison: a Model for Improving Identification and Timely Diagnosis. Primary Health Care Research & Development, 14 (3). pp. 240-249. ISSN Print: 1463-4236 Online: 1477-1128

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Objectives: The need to improve the response of primary care in terms of identification of people with undiagnosed dementia has long been recognised. The role of Primary Care Liaison was identified as a possible solution. An in-depth consultation was undertaken to identify professional competencies required in executing such a role.
Methods: Comprehensive literature and policy reviews were conducted to establish draft competencies or different options/combinations of competencies and competency
levels. Consultations with a wide range of professional stakeholders (n523) and over 70 users and carers were conducted through focus groups, electronic document
circulation and telephone interviews. An Equality Impact Assessment was conducted concurrent to the consultation. Results: The literature demonstrated a clear need both
to improve the rate of diagnosis for people with dementia and to improve the way in which the diagnosis is made. The stakeholder consultation repeatedly affirmed that
without a diagnosis the person with dementia and their caregivers did not get access to the appropriate services, and validated the need for a role that would be able to improve a system that would deliver an early and ‘timely’ diagnosis. Competencies, based on the literature and policy documents, were developed and debated through the consultation processes.
Conclusions: Three main areas of competency were identified: counselling; screening; and health education and promotion. The competencies identified require a
skilled experienced professional approach. A useful team model would be that the role is placed within a ‘GP cluster’ as accessibility to GP records and collaborative working with GPs is essential within the role. Personal continuing professional development has a high profile in maintaining these competencies.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: competencies, dementia diagnosis, primary care, workforce
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Allied Health and Community
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Copyright Info: Cambridge University Press
Depositing User: Sarah Milosevic
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2012 10:57
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 16:58

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