5th national Memory Services Forum
6 February 2014
We are pleased to announce that the 5th national Memory Services
Forum will be taking place in London on Monday 29th
September 2014. Further details can be found on our
2014 forum page.
MSNAP Newsletter Issue 9
19 December 2013
Issue 9 of the MSNAP newsletter has now been released which
includes a day in the life of a psychologist, information from
DeNDRoN about their RAFT programme, and some details of our plans
English National Memory Clinics Audit report published
29 November 2013
In summer 2013, Sophie Hodge and Emma Hailey conducted an
audit of memory clinics in England on
behalf of the Department of Health. This audit aimed to build on
the NHS Information Centre's previous audit, and respond to the key
commitments laid out in the Prime Minister's Challenge on
This audit covers waiting times, funding, capacity, involvement
in research, and other domains. It includes key findings and
recommendations for memory clinics.
Please visit the audit webpage to
download the report or view the interactive map.
MSNAP Newsletter Issue 8
2 August 2013
The next edition of the MSNAP newsletter has now been released
which includes a day in the life of an Occupational
Therapist, an update from DeNDRoN, information about the national
audit of memory clinics and details of the Alzheimer’s Society’s
new post-diagnosis support guide which is now available to
2nd MSNAP National Report
1 March 2013
The second edition of the MSNAP National Report has now been
published, which contains aggregated data from the programme
collected during 2011-12 . Observations were made as to where
memory services are generally performing well, as well as areas
where further improvements could be made. Information on the spread
of members, contextual data and accreditation status is included.
Members can also view benchmarked data.
Also included is aggregated data from service user and carer
questionnaires, comparisons with data from our first 2009-10
report, as well as comparisons between services which have
completed either one or two cycles of accreditation. Several
developments have been made to MSNAP since the previous report and
information on these is included, as well as goals for the future
of the programme.
The report can be downloaded from our Resources page.
Memory Clinics Audit announced
30 November 2012
The Department of Health is funding an audit of memory clinics,
which is being completed by the Royal College of Psychiatrists in
collaboration with the DoH. This is to follow up on the results of
Establishment of Memory Services report by the NHS Information
Centre, and to monitor the impact of the Prime Minister's Challenge
on Dementia. All UK memory clinics/services will be asked to
complete a short questionnaire about what functions they provide,
funding, and waiting lists.
DeNDRoN offer research support to MSNAP members
31 July 2012
To aid MSNAP members in meeting the recently introduced
standards surrounding research, the Dementias and Neurodegenerative
Diseases Research Network (DeNDRoN) have launched a website
with information about opportunities for research and what MSNAP
members will need to do to meet the new standards.
MSNAP mentioned in the June Alzheimer Europe newsletter
19 July 2012
Professor Martin Orrell recently
appeared in the Alzheimer
Europe newsletter talking about the success of MSNAP.
MSNAP Third Edition Standards published
26 June 2012
The next edition of MSNAP Standards has now been published, with
a few deletions, additions and modifications made this year.
The main changes in this edition of the standards are:
- Addition of pharmacological standards - key
standards governing medications, specifically provision of
anti-dementia and antipsychotic drugs
- Addition of an optional module on psychosocial
interventions. Services can currently opt in to this
module which covers provision of psychological and social
interventions. If a service completes this module, this will
be assessed and the performance rated separately from their
performance on the 'core' standards of assessment and
- Standards surrounding involvement of people
with dementia and carers in
- Addition of quality indicators - these help to
monitor key issues in memory services, and are phrased as
percentages, for example, percentage of people diagnosed in the
early stages of dementia over the past year. These do not feed
into a service's accreditation status but will be used to benchmark
services and monitor them over time.
To download a copy of the standards, click here.
Registration for MSNAP National Memory Services Forum 2012 now
Following on from the success of the 2nd Forum last year in
Manchester, this year's Forum will be held in London with key
speakers in the field of memory services and dementia, exhibitors
and an update from the MSNAP team.
Delegate places are very reasonably priced, with a number
of free places available to members.
For more information and details on how to register for a place,
visit our Forum webpage.
Add your service to the UK Memory Services Register
22 May 2012
The Department of Health
in collaboration with the Memory Services National Accreditation
Programme is creating a register of all UK memory
services/clinics are encouraged to add their names to the register
by completing a short online form. Click here to go to the Register webpage.
The information gathered
will be able to give both a local and national picture about the
availability of memory services in the UK and will be used in part
to monitor the impact of the Prime Minister’s Challenge on
Prime Minister recommends MSNAP
Today, David Cameron pledged to double the budget for research
into dementia by 2015. He issued his
Challenge on Dementia, which details key commitments and
actions for making dementia a priority in Britain. The list
of actions in this document includes:
- We will ensure that memory clinics are established in all parts
of the country, and will work with the Royal College of
Psychiatrists to drive up the proportion of memory services that
are accredited, through publication of their national Memory
Services Accreditation Programme, so that individual organisations
can benchmark and report their own performance to drive
Prof Martin Orrell, Chair of the programme said ‘The Memory
Services National Accreditation Programme has become successfully
established over the last few years and now has a membership of 52
services. The endorsement from the Prime Minister is a great
opportunity to improve the quality of memory services across the
country to ensure that people with dementia and their families have
rapid access to high quality care’
We at MSNAP are delighted that MSNAP has been
given this recognition by the Prime Minister, and we would like to
congratulate our members for being the first cohort of memory
services to embark on this initiative.