The Dementia Health Integration Team (HIT) is a team of professionals working across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire to transform care for people affected by dementia. We do this through comprehensive research, integrating and improving care services and support, and by creating dementia-friendly communities.
Dementia care is a national and local priority. The number of people with dementia is growing due to an ageing population: 2,160 people in Bristol have been diagnosed with the condition, but historically low diagnosis rates mean the real number is estimated at 4,500. The number of dementia patients in Bristol is expected to increase by 23 per cent over the next two decades.
In South Gloucestershire the number of people with dementia aged over 65 is expected to increase dramatically from the current estimate of 3,156 people, to 4,053 in 2020. By 2030 the number of people with dementia will rise to 5,583, nearly double the current population.
We use a multi-agency approach with experts drawn from local universities, councils, NHS trusts, volunteer organisations and charities.
The overall aim of the Dementia HIT is to achieve the best quality of life for people and families affected by dementia, by delivering:
The HIT aims to do this through five themes:
The Dementia HIT is strengthening collaboration and public participation in dementia research, and also developing partnerships in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire to support the improvement of dementia services across the region.
We are working toward creating more resilient and dementia-friendly communities that understand dementia and help people live with, and manage, the condition. We are encouraging education and training for unpaid carers to feel better equipped to care for someone living with dementia, and for health and care professionals to feel more confident about identifying and managing dementia. We also support public events so that the general public has a greater understanding of the disease and can get involved in our work.
A number of organisations are involved with helping to deliver the work of the HIT. Three of these are specialist dementia research centres:
Other local and national organisations collaborate on HIT projects such as:
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