Dementia 2014: A North East Perspective - report published

dementia reportThis report by the North East Dementia Alliance (produced for the Northern Rock Foundation by Debbie Smith and Peter Otter) summarises the present position across the North East in regards to the provision of dementia care by statutory, voluntary and academic organisations in support of dementia sufferers and their carers. It highlights progress made and gaps in service development and provision.

Report Published July 2014 - Click HERE for a downloadable copy


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NIWE: Research report available

niweThis report contains the results, analysis and interpretation of Trapeze Consulting's research, funded by a Northern Rock Foundation grant, to evaluate the effectiveness, quality, impact and value of NIWE's group therapy on women with eating disorders. Data and information were collected from women who used NIWE between 2011 and 2013 and from professionals who have a working relationship with the organisation.

A copy of the full report is available on the home page of the NIWE website at, or go directly to the report at

Dementia Challenge North

dementiaHealth and Social Care Reform and Govtoday are delighted to announce The Dementia Challenge North; due to the huge success of this event in London in April this year, this conference now moves to the North of England. The Dementia Challenge North - Continuing the Fight Back conference is for those that live with, work with or are affected by dementia. This delegate focused event devotes maximum plenary time to the issues that really matter with updates on the latest developments in the fight against this most devastating condition.

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Discounts for Group Bookings Available

Death of a Charity

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the closure of Mobex, a long standing MHNE member. Since 1991 Mobex has been delivering services such as outdoor activity residential courses for young people. Having such a positive impact of such activities on young people suffering from diverse mental health issues, one group in particular which stands out in my memory, had members with mental health problems ranging from schizophrenia to anorexia, through to depression and bi polar disorder. After a weekend of such activities every one of these individuals had made a marked improvement in their mental health but they also seemed physically healthier and so full of hope for their futures.

Someone in the future will have to invent a new form of Mobex and probably at twice the cost. In the meantime MHNE celebrates the contribution this organisation has made to the health of many individuals in this region and condemns the short-sightedness of some of our so called leaders. Danny Gilchrist has written an excellent analysis "Death of a Charity" To see the full story Click on the link Death_of_a_Charity_-_updated.pdf

Centre for young people opens after rebuild [Middlesbrough]

A newly rebuilt NHS, low secure unit for young people with mental health difficulties has opened in Middlesbrough. The new-look Westwood Centre, at West Lane Hospital, Middlesbrough is run by Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust (TEWV).


The centre offers a safe environment for young people, aged 12 to 18, from across the country to be assessed and treated for a range of complex mental health needs.

The new building is the first phase of a multi-million rebuilding project at West Lane Hospital in Middlesbrough, which aims to provide state of the art facilities for patients.

The Westwood Centre offers 24 hour support, seven days a week to young people who may have been in conflict with the law and need to be legally detained under the Mental Health Act because they present a significant risk to themselves or others.

The newly rebuilt centre offers a wide range of treatments and therapies and has a fantastic range of facilities to aid recovery including 12 ensuite bedrooms, education rooms, a music room, a gym and sports facilities and family visiting areas.

Jackie Ennis, a head of children and young people’s services at TEWV, said: “The Westwood Centre has always prided itself on being a safe, comfortable place where we can work with young people and their families to help them return to their everyday lives. The new facilities at the centre are fantastic and will help us engage even more with the young people who come to us.”

One service user, who asked not to be named, said: “When I came to the Westwood Centre I felt really frightened because it was a locked unit but being here has really helped me. I think the new music room is awesome and the visiting rooms are pretty cool as they have sofas and a TV which makes visits from friends and family more fun."

North East Dementia Alliance - Dementia Friendly Communities Update April 2014

NEDAThe dementia friendly communities (DFC) initiative aims to improve the quality of life of people living with dementia.

It challenges entire towns and cities to raise awareness of the disease and build dementia support mechanisms, as well as promoting understanding and empathy amongst local people so that those living with dementia can play a more active and inclusive role in their local community.

Led by the North East Dementia Alliance and supported by the Northern Rock Foundation, dementia friendly communities projects are being supported and funded across the region.

The April newsletter with a useful overview map of DFCs in the region can be found here:

The project page on the Northern Rock Foundation site is here:

Mental Health Programme Board for Gateshead and Newcastle CCG - “Commissioning for Quality and Innovation”

“The key aim of the Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN) framework is to secure improvements in quality of services and better outcomes for patients, whilst also maintaining strong financial management.” - NHS Commissioning Board

Members of the MHPB and colleagues over the last few months have discussed how CQUIN targets that encourage additional benefit or added value to service contracts should be looked at together, across partners, in a concerted effort around 3 agreed target areas for 14/15

The 3 themes agreed for 14/15 were:-

  • Physical health of those with mental health problems
  • Access to services in relation to addressing diversity
  • How services include and reflect the role of carers and provide support to carers

Those providers who have CCG contracts for the new financial year will be expected to reflect one or more of these themes in any agreed CQUIN targets for 14/15. The detail of these will be negotiated individually between providers and the relevant CCG/NECS representatives.

Those organisations and services involved in health and social care provision to those with mental health problems across Newcastle and Gateshead where CQUIN is not applicable; the MHPB would encourage those colleagues and partners to support the themes if possible in their service development plans.

The MHPB in its first year of operation has been able to bring together a range of statutory and third sector stakeholders to improve working together in partnership in challenging times.

Dementia Resource

Northumbria University’s resource guide to help raise awareness of the spiritual needs of people with dementia and funded by North East Dementia Alliance. This project uncovered a range of valuable information including guides, websites and film clips which have now been brought together in this publication.

Download the guide.