There are approximately 2,500 people in Salford living with dementia and this is expected to rise a lot more as the population gets older.

Mild cognitive impairment is when someone has minor problems with mental abilities like memory or thinking. If you have mild cognitive impairment, these difficulties are worse than would normally be expected for a healthy person of your age, but not severe enough to be diagnosed as dementia.

What you should expect from your GP practice:

  • They have a dementia and mild cognitive impairment registers in place
  • The test for dementia will be carried out by a healthcare professional who knows your current medical history and social circumstances using one of the following:
    • The General Practitioner assessment of Cognition (GPCOG)
    • Six Item Cognitive Impairment Test (6CIT)
    • Mini-Cog Assessment Instrument
    • The Salford Learning Disability Dementia Screen Questions
  • If test results show you may have dementia, the practice should follow the local Dementia Referral Pathway
  • If you are diagnosed with dementia, you will be offered an annual general health review which will include:
    • A physical, mental health and social review
    • A record of your wishes for the future
    • Communication and co-ordination arrangements with secondary health (if applicable)
    • Details of your carer/s and:
      • The appropriate permission to allow the practice to speak directly to your carer/s to provide more detail of the support services available to you and your family (if applicable). The amount of information your carer needs will depend on the stage of the illness and your health and social care needs
      • Your carer will be included in the care plan, or advanced care plan, discussions, as appropriate
      • The impact of caring on the care-giver. They will be offered a health check to look at the impact caring is having on their own physical and mental health. If your carer is registered with a different practice, your practice will tell your carer that they can seek advice from their own practice
  • The practice will be registered as an organisation on the Dementia Friends website.
  • Your practice will have a dementia champion within the practice, who might be a receptionist, manager or a clinician. They will support front-facing staff, attend the official Dementia Friends Champion training and share learning throughout the practice

Last reviewed March 2018.