Our Strategic Priorities

The IJB’s strategic plan sets out 12 priority areas for action in pursuit of our vision of high quality, sustainable and integrated care.

For each of these domains there will be 12 priority areas for action, often building on existing work and all requiring focused attention and acceleration. These areas are integrated care, safe care, personalised care, supporting recovery, primary care, housing and community capacity, self-management, unpaid carers, the early years, reducing variation, technology and use of assets, and finally workforce planning. Many of these are relevant to the support we provide to people with dementia. The strategic plan can be found on the IJB website at: http://www.ijbwesternisles.scot.

However, there is one specific deliverable focused directly on supporting people with dementia:

We will develop a strategy and service model that supports people who have dementia to live at home for as long as possible. This will include the delivery of post diagnostic support for people who have received a diagnosis of dementia. 

This dementia strategy has been developed in partnership with service users and third sector partners and is focused on supporting people to live more independently in the community.

Dementia is everybody's business so we are seeking to redesign existing services to shift the balance of care away from a medical and institutional-based model, which includes using long-stay psychiatric inpatient care, over to generic community provision, where people are supported in their own home environments for as long as possible. This strategy aligns with other improvement work aimed at supporting the older person to remain well, independent and living at home. We have appointed an Alzheimer Scotland Consultant Nurse for Older Adults and Dementia to lead this work and to develop the post diagnostic delivery model.

In pursuit of these broad aims, we have set out a strategic framework to guide activity. More specifically, we have sought to identify how we will improve our services at different stages of the disease: risk reduction, diagnosis, supported needs and end of life care.  The full action plan is set out in detail at page 16.

In the Western Isles, dementia is everybody's business