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Service evaluation of a Specialist Memory Clinic for adults with ID in South Wales

Amanda Bayley (Learning Disability Services, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, Port Talbot, UK)
Annika Amoako (School of Psychology, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK)
Mohamed Omer El-Tahir (Learning Disability Services, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, Port Talbot, UK)

Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities

ISSN: 2044-1282

Article publication date: 3 July 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to discuss the findings of a service evaluation project of the Specialist Memory Clinic for people with intellectual disabilities in South Wales using the Dementia guidelines published by the British Psychological Society and the Royal College of Psychiatrists (BPS/RCPsych, 2015).

Design/methodology/approach

Clinical audit using case notes of patients attending Memory Clinics during 2011 and 2015 benchmarked against best practice guidelines; carers feedback from Memory Clinic attendance; and evaluation of the training sessions to carers.

Findings

Audit findings show full compliance with standards (100 per cent) except for the baseline assessment for people with Down syndrome. Carer’s evaluation and feedback was positive and constructive. Training evaluation indicates improvement in knowledge and positively received sessions.

Research limitations/implications

The small number of people included and possibility of high motivated team may affect the service evaluation result.

Practical implications

It is possible for the Community Learning Disability team to meet the standards published (BPS/RCPsych, 2015) through multidisciplinary working.

Originality/value

Initial service evaluation completed after published guidelines for Dementia care by the BPS/RCPsych (2015).

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Citation

Bayley, A., Amoako, A. and El-Tahir, M.O. (2017), "Service evaluation of a Specialist Memory Clinic for adults with ID in South Wales", Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities, Vol. 11 No. 4, pp. 145-154. https://doi.org/10.1108/AMHID-12-2016-0045

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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