East Midlands Care Ltd

EMCARE is a representative body representing approximately 100 Registered Care Homes in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. We are affiliated to the English Community Care Association, and our chairman, Allison Cowley is a member of the Board, representing the interests of providers in the East Midlands. We have strong links with the Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Northamptonshire and Lincolnshire Associations.

Updated:
11 October 2013
Location:
East Midlands
Sectors:
Pharmaceutical, Health, Care
Local Alliances:
East Midlands Regional Board , Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists a number of outcomes that we are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers? 

EMCARE is a representative body representing approximately 100 Registered Care Homes in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.  We are affiliated to the English Community Care Association, and our chairman, Allison Cowley is a member of the Board, representing the interests of providers in the East Midlands.  We have strong links with the Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Northamptonshire and Lincolnshire Associations. 

EMCARE will raise the profile of the dementia strategy with our members and we will encourage and support them to develop and deliver their own dementia action plans. If all EMCARE members develop and deliver better services for people with dementia this will have a positive impact on people with dementia living in care homes and their carers.  

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation? 

There are several major challenges to delivering improved services for people with dementia. These include: 

  • Poor commissioning
  • Lack of engagement by primary and secondary healthcare 
  • Lack of specialist care staff and specialist care service managers
  • Lack of support for providers of services in meeting complex needs
  • High staff turnover
  • Low staff to person with dementia ratios
  • Inadequate resources for training and career pathway
  • Over prescription of anti-psychotic medication

2. Actions

  • Raise awareness on the objectives of the Dementia Strategy

    Raise awareness on the objectives of the Dementia Strategy with EMCARE members and other care providers.

    Status:
    Implementation

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Second Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - First Quarter Update

    New member

  • Support care providers

    Support care providers in improving services by sharing information and developing good practice guidance

    Status:
    Implementation

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Second Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - First Quarter Update

    New member

  • Raise awareness of the barriers to good dementia care

    Raise awareness of the barriers to good dementia care that arise from poor commissioning practice and challenge these where appropriate to do so.

    Status:
    Implementation

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Second Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - First Quarter Update

    New member

  • Allison Cowley

    On behalf of EMCARE, Allison Cowley is working with the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) Topic Expert Group in the development of the new Standards for 

    Status:
    Implementation

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Second Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - First Quarter Update

    In progress

  • Primary and Secondary Care Services

    Work with Primary and Secondary Care Services, both within Leicestershire and the wider region to improve services to people with dementia living in Care Homes.

    Status:
    Implementation

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Second Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - First Quarter Update

    New member

  • Identify ways in which providers can work

    Identify ways in which providers can work with Skills for Care, Skills for Health and local training providers to establish better resources for the training and development of care staff

    Status:
    Implementation

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Second Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - First Quarter Update

    New member