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Some of our services now offer video consultations. You should speak to your clinician if this is something you would like them to consider. You can find out more about video consultation here.
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Our service is for people under 65 who have a suspected or confirmed diagnosis of dementia. We provide assessment, diagnosis and early treatment after diagnosis. We cover Nottingham City, Nottinghamshire County and Bassetlaw.
Our aim is to help people to remain active and well in community. Our service is based with older people’s mental health services, so that our service users have access to a range of dementia services after their diagnosis.
Our specialist assessment service provides access to a range of clinicians and investigations, such as brain imaging, for people with suspected dementia.
If a diagnosis of dementia is confirmed, we will work with the patient and their families to develop a care plan. This will include treatment to manage symptoms and help the patient maintain their independence.
Treatment is mainly in groups, however home treatment can also be provided.
Patients and their families or carers will also be introduced to our peer support service. This service works with other organisations so that patients and their families or carers can meet other people with similar experiences.
Care plans may include support from other mental health services for older people, social care or voluntary organisations.
To use our service, you will need to be referred by your GP or a mental health professional.
Patients are usually seen in clinics or day service facilities, however home based assessment or treatment can be arranged if it is needed.
Find out more:
Who is considered a peer?
In the Working Age Dementia Service (WAD), you are a peer if you have lived experience of early onset dementia - that means if you have a diagnosis of early onset dementia or you are a family member, friend or carer.
How does the Peer Support Service work?
The Peer Support Lead will visit you at home to discuss the service, and will initially support you (and your family), through 1:1 sessions and provide you with information, along with referrals to other relevant services. They will also introduce you to your local community Peer Hub.
Peer Support Hubs are based in local communities. They are a a base where people with young onset dementia, and their carer/ family/friends, can meet on a regular basis with other peers. The hubs are places for people to meet and share their experiences, support each other and participate in activities if they want to (organised by the group’s members).
To support the sustainability of these hubs, we work in partnership with statutory and voluntary agencies in these communities and this has enabled the development of Dementia Friendly Communities across Nottinghamshire.
Hubs are based in the south, north and rural parts of Nottinghamshire, further information on your local hub will be provided by the Peer Support Lead.
For more information please contact the Peer Support Lead, Working Age Dementia on 0115 956 0884
Monday to Friday from 8.30am – 4.30pm.
Outside of office hours please contact your GP service, NHS 111, or in an emergency attend your local accident and emergency (A&E) department.
To refer a patient to the service, contact the Working Age Dementia Diagnostic Service and fax referral letter to the service or refer the patient via their GP.
Working Age Dementia Diagnostic Service
General Management Suite
76 Portland Street
Kirkby in Ashfield
Tel: 0115 956 0884
Fax: 01623 722834
Tracey Evans, Consultant Occupational Therapist