The Memory Assessment Service follow up those who have not attended an appointment or who are difficult to engage.
You may have received an appointment to see the Memory Assessment Service. In case, you have lost the letter or you have forgotten about the appointment. If this happens, The Memory Assessment Service should follow up those who have not attended an appointment or who are difficult to engage. The Memory Assessment Service should contact you directly by telephone to check that you are still fine to attend. You need also to agree a new appointment. They should also ensure to remind you about the appointment nearer to the date. The Memory Assessment Service team should follows up patients who have not attended an appointment/assessment. If patients are unable to be engaged, a decision is made by the assessor/team, based on patient need and risk, as to how long to continue to follow up the patient.
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MSNAP Memory Assessment Service Standards
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Royal College of Psychiatrists (2020) MSNAP Standards for Memory Services: "The team follows up patients who have not attended an appointment/assessment or who are difficult to engage, as per local policy. This could include making a phone call, sending a letter, visiting people at home or another suitable venue, using text alerts, or engaging with their carers to make it more proactive. If people continue to not engage, a decision is made by the assessor/team, based on need and risk, as to how long to continue to follow them up."
Commissioned by NHS England, Leeds Beckett University
worked in partnership with a wide range of partners (including contributions from Greater Manchester and Dementia United) to produce a guide to supporting continued development, improvement and innovation in Memory Assessment Services, which is available by clicking here
The reference for this is Surr et al 2021 'Taking Memory Assessment Services into the future: A guide to supporting continuous development, improvement and innovation in memory assessment services. Leeds Beckett University.