Gnosall Primary Care Memory Clinic: Eldercare facilitator role description and development

Dementia (London). 2015 Jul;14(4):389-408. doi: 10.1177/1471301213497737. Epub 2013 Aug 5.


The Gnosall Primary Care Memory Clinic has been operating since 2006 and adds the skills of a specialist old age psychiatrist to the extensive skills and knowledge available in primary care. Key to the organisation and function of the clinic is the eldercare facilitator, a new role situated in primary care and linking with the specialist and a wide range of other agencies and people. In order to facilitate replication of the model elsewhere, the function, role and competencies of existing and previous eldercare facilitators in the clinic have been reviewed, clarified and related to a competency framework and to similar initiatives in the literature. The selection and training of people with the attributes and skills required to become an eldercare facilitator will determine whether extension of the model is successful elsewhere.

Keywords: competencies; dementia; eldercare facilitator; memory clinic; primary care.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Ambulatory Care Facilities / organization & administration*
  • Dementia / diagnosis
  • Dementia / therapy*
  • Geriatric Assessment
  • Health Services for the Aged / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Memory Disorders
  • Models, Theoretical
  • Primary Health Care / organization & administration*