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HISTORY OF PILOT Pilot scheme for South West Dorset under one PCT Training/information sessions Steering group established Literature designed, produced and issued Referral system agreed and issued Website and database Scheme extended to all of Dorset
Referral Criteria Pilot to adopt Statutory provisions but allowed flexibility Lack of Capacity Family/friends Self-funding Power of Attorney Detention under Mental Health Act Reality was that we received a number of referrals that were not appropriate when investigated fully Act is prescriptive and will need to be adhered to carefully
Referral Details Pilot anticipated taking on 35 referrals over whole year Exceeded that by at least 40 at beginning of September Frequency of referrals: Dementia Learning disabilities Mental health Acquired brain injury/stroke
Issues Professional links Access to medical staff Time to train people Demands of others Turn around time 8 hours per referral Funding Independence from commissioners Accountability Travelling Diagnosis information Politics Stress/support for IMCAs
If you are going to do this you need to be: A good listener Patient Supportive Able to think outside the box Able to speak up for the client Determined Have excellent communication skills Good map reader! Negotiator Recognise best interests Independent
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Dorset Advocacy IMCA Service Thank you for staying awake! Michelle Starkey