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Memory Assessment Team win national Care Integration Award

The Trust has been awarded the national Care Integration Award for Dementia Care at a ceremony last night at Grosvenor House, Park Lane.

The award was given to our Sandwell Memory Assessment Service Team led by psychiatrists Dr Lisa Blissitt and Dr Samina Azeem, from Edward Street Hospital, for their work providing dementia services to people from South Asian communities in Sandwell.
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The service is tailored to meet people's cultural and spiritual needs and aims to encourage people to come forward to be assessed. Clinics are held with a doctor who can speak to patients in their community language. Appointments can be held in people's homes or community centres. The number of people seen by the service has doubled in its first year and patients and their families have said how much they value it.

Dr Lisa Blissitt, Consultant Psychiatrist for Older Adults said:

"We are thrilled to have won this award. I'm proud that we've been able to reach out to our communities and offer dementia care in people's own languages and in places people feel comfortable. We provide much better care by adapting to meet people's needs". 

Dr Samina Azeem, Associate Specialist in Old Age Psychiatry said:

"It's wonderful that this work has been recognised nationally. It highlights the importance of adapting services to meet people's cultural needs. There is a growing elderly Asian population in the UK and we need to remove barriers and help them come forward early to get dementia support, so they can enjoy a better quality of life."