Merton’s Dementia Hub shortlisted for prestigious HSJ award

Merton Council’s Dementia Hub has been shortlisted for a Health Service Journal (HSJ) award in the Managing Long-Term Conditions category.

The Hub opened in April 2013, with the Alzheimer’s Society commissioned as the service provider.

In July 2013, Merton successfully bid for the Department of Health’s ‘Dementia Friendly Environments’ – national pilot programme. With additional investment from the council, the Hub (the former Cumberland Day Centre) was remodelled into a warm and welcoming dementia friendly environment with bright colours and calming artwork. Officially launched in June 2014, it features a number of consulting rooms, a health suite, internet café and a sensory garden.

The Hub provides a wide range of dementia support services including ‘singing for the brain’ and carer support groups for Merton residents within a community setting.

Key stakeholders, such as people with dementia, their carers, Merton Clinical Commissioning Group and South West London and St George’s Mental Health Trust were all involved in the process of re-commissioning dementia support services and the re-modelling of the Hub.

Merton’s cabinet member for adult social care and health, Councillor Caroline Cooper Marbiah, said: “Since opening in April 2013 the Hub has engaged with over 500 residents. It is a unique facility where people at different stages of dementia can access services under one roof. By having the Hub, we will be able to help more people at an early stage after their diagnosis. This could allow them to stay at home and live independently for longer.”

Regional Operations Manager for Alzheimer’s Society in London, Julian Lloyd said: “We are thrilled to hear Merton’s Dementia Hub has been shortlisted for the HSJ award. It’s great that the services we have been delivering for people with dementia and their carers are being recognised nationally for the difference they make to people’s lives. Centres such as the Merton Dementia Hub are key to creating dementia friendly communities where people feel included and can remain independent and we need to see more partnerships like this across the UK.”

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Notes to editors

1. The winner will be announced on Wednesday 19 November at the HSJ Awards ceremony.