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8. Implementation

8.1 implementation and dissemination

The SCoR will disseminate the guideline through its networks. These include regular meetings of managers and conference and study days. 

In addition, the core group has developed the following resources;

A summary document outlining the rationale and key recommendations,

Implementation guidance for managers, including resource implications and potential barriers to implementation.

e learning module, Dementia, developed by a core group member, is available on the eLearning for health website, free of charge to all NHS organisations www.e-lfh.org.uk

8.2 Impact measures and audit tools

All employing authorities are required to have governance arrangements in place that include locally developed audit tools for patient experience. It is expected that these will be adapted to measure the impact of the practice guideline recommendations on patients’ and carers’ experience.  An audit check list can be found in the supplementary, supporting information.  This is in addition to the national patient experience survey that all NHS organisations take part in. 

8.3 Organisational or financial barriers to implementation

The majority of the recommendations have no financial implications. There is a requirement for additional training and some additional resources, which will require budgeting for. These could include changes to ICT systems.

The main block to implementation is likely to be organisational and cultural since some recommendations require changes to established working practices. However, many departments are working through the changes needed to embed person-centred care more fully into daily practice and this guideline’s recommendations should be integral to this process.

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