Leeds City Council is seeking to develop and work with care home providers to better support people with living with dementia and complex needs. Providers are invited to a free workshop on Thursday 6th December 2018, 1.30-4.30pm at the Trudi Moss Suite, Donisthorpe Hall, Shadwell Lane, Leeds LS17 6AW (registration info below). At the workshop we will be sharing ‘case studies’ of people who are delayed leaving hospital, and seeking positive solutions for individual needs. These more complex needs include psychological distress and associated behaviours, and / or the combined effects of a range of physical and mental health conditions. In particular, we wish to achieve successful transfers of care for people who are delayed leaving hospital. At present we have approximately 25 people experiencing significant delays, so we are urgently seeking opportunities for people to leave hospital and be well supported in care homes. The Council, working in partnership with NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group, would like to engage with care home providers who are committed to offering good quality care, including staff trained in dementia care. Providers must be prepared to understand each individual with a person-centred, recovery approach, built upon knowledge of the person and their life story. We want care homes to tell us what you would require to support individuals with more complex needs. Some people in hospital have had repeated assessments from many care homes and been declined for placement, and we recognise that a different approach is needed. This invitation is open to residential homes (without nursing) as well as nursing homes. Psychological needs linked to dementia can respond well to occupation and meaningful activity, and skilled care staff with the right approach; 24/7 nursing is not always needed. Regarding funding of placements, we recognise that: • There are a relatively small number of individuals who, because of complexities, have an on-going need for higher staffing input and oversight, and for whom a higher fee, above the standard care home fee rate, is required. • People might in some cases need additional care as a short-term measure whilst they settle into a care home, with the right interventions in the right environment; • However, in some cases an individualised care package and funding is needed in the longer term, that reflects the person’s needs and the cost of meeting those needs. Leeds care homes can also access specialist input from local NHS services, and from the Council’s Care Quality Team. We want to develop an offer of appropriate funding and professional support that builds the capacity to care in Leeds. Next steps: • For further information and to express interest in this opportunity, please contact Tim Sanders, Commissioning Manager, Dementia: firstname.lastname@example.org / tel: 0113 378 3853; • To register for the workshop on 6th December please send the details of those attending to email@example.com . Please put “6th Dec Workshop” in the subject line.