Action Plan

The British Psychological Society (BPS) is a registered charity which acts as the representative body for psychology and psychologists in the UK, and is responsible for the promotion of excellence and ethical practice in the science, education, and application of the discipline. FPOP is the Faculty of Old Age Psychology within the Division of Clinical Psychology, British Psychological Society. FPOP's vision is to promote psychological well being in later life by supporting psychologists to work with older people and to champion their psychological needs. The Faculty supports members to share and foster best practice in clinical work with older people with dementia and their carers, as well as older people with mental health problems.

Commitment 1 - Relating to:

FPOP will work to ensure that people diagnosed with dementia receive a 'good diagnosis' in a timely and sensitive manner. This is aimed both a clinicians who make diagnoses to guide them in this task but also for those potentially receiving a diagnosis to arm them with the information to know what can be expected at this time.

 

How will your organisation achieve Commitment 1?

 

Following the publication of the FPOP Diagnosis document, this will be made available to all NDAA members and its implications highlighted through NDAA Newsletter and podcast.

  • We have the right to an early and accurate diagnosis, and to receive evidence based, appropriate, compassionate and properly funded care and treatment, from trained people who understand us and how dementia affects us. This must meet our needs, wherever we live.

Commitment 2 - Relating to:

To ensure that people living with dementia are not over prescribed anti-psychotic medication or other problematic medications, and that there is clear guidance on alternatives to anti-psychotic medication prescription.

 

How will your organisation achieve Commitment 2?

 

FPOP will update the guidance that they developed in 2013 related to 'alternatives to anti-psychotic medication' to reflect developments in practice and evidence since then. This guide will aim to support people living with dementia in the community, care homes or hospital wards and will focus on a model of behaviour that takes into account the unmet needs of each individual.

  • We have the right to an early and accurate diagnosis, and to receive evidence based, appropriate, compassionate and properly funded care and treatment, from trained people who understand us and how dementia affects us. This must meet our needs, wherever we live.

Commitment 3 - Relating to:

To ensure that people living with dementia and carers are actively involved in the work of the British Psychological Society.

 

How will your organisation achieve Commitment 3?

 

FPOP are committed to actively involving people living with dementia in all aspects of their work. They will continue to work in partnership with Dementia Empowerment and Engagement Project (DEEP ) and other organisations to ensure that the voices of people living with dementia are heard. There are plans to develop films which will highlight the importance of psychological approaches for people living with dementia. Work will also be done to support those working in dementia services who work in a meaningful way with people living with dementia. This work will focus on stimulating discussion around challenging areas of work thereby supporting everyone to work in partnership with people living with dementia more effectively.

  • We have the right to be recognised as who we are, to make choices about our lives including taking risks, and to contribute to society. Our diagnosis should not define us, nor should we be ashamed of it.

Commitment 4 - Relating to:

To ensure that all people living with dementia are aware of psychosocial interventions that should be available to them and may be of benefit.

 

How will your organisation achieve Commitment 4?

 

Following on from the publication of the compendium of psychosocial interventions in dementia in 2016 FPOP are aware that there have been developments in the evidence base which need to be reflected in the document. An updated version of this document will therefore be compiled to reflect the most up to date evidence and practice base.

  • We have the right to be respected, and recognised as partners in care, provided with education, support, services, and training which enables us to plan and make decisions about the future.