This week, memory services at East London NHS Foundation Trust heard they have been shortlisted for a Royal College of Psychiatry Award for improvements they have introduced to streamline the patient’s journey from referral to diagnosis for people with memory issues.
The project took place in three East London Memory Clinics. Memory Clinics are specialist centres that perform further diagnosis and memory tests, and provide support to people with dementia.
The Quality Improvement project has managed to reduce significantly the waiting times for referral to first appointment with patients receiving their diagnosis much faster. This is a very positive change for people with memory problems as it will allow them to get the help they need faster than before.
East London Foundation Trust’s Chief Executive Dr. Navina Evans hopes “I am thrilled to hear that our Memory Clinic teams have been shortlisted for this award. Their work to reduce waiting times from referral to diagnosis has had a significant impact on individuals and their families. Well done everyone.” The awards ceremony will take place on Monday 6 November at the Royal College of Psychiatrists.