Lincolnshire South West Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Lincolnshire West Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust are working together to set up a Dementia Support Network to be trialled in different areas of the county.
Learning from these pilots will be shared across the East and South Clinical Commissioning Group areas, as the network develops in future.
A Dementia Support Fund has been established to help people with dementia, and people who care for them, to participate in a wide range of activities that will help them to maintain as good a quality of life as possible.
Associate Director at Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Paul Jackman, said: “Lincolnshire already has a nationally recognised network for providing help and support to people who have experience of mental health problems.
“We plan to learn from this experience and extend the approach to dementia”.
Of the total investment for 2015-16, £125,000 will be invested in the Lincolnshire South West pilot area, £20,000 will go to the Lincolnshire West pilot area, and £50,000 will be invested in the best ideas across the whole of Lincolnshire.
Paul added: “We are keen to hear about people’s ideas so that we develop new and imaginative activities for people to try, as well as continue to support the things that people already value.
“People have told us that they want to see better integration between health, care and community support.
“They have also said that the needs of carers must be recognised with help and support made available when they need it.
The network will be an important step in that direction”.
The deadline for applications is 5.00pm on 7 April 2015.
Help is available for groups and organisations who need assistance to apply.
For more details about the Dementia Support Fund and how to apply visit www.lpft.nhs.uk/dementia-support-network or contact Rachel Sanders on 01529 222 216 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.