Gedling Borough Council

Gedling Borough Council is a local authority in the County of Nottinghamshire. The council carries out it’s core duties in relation to planning, local tax collection, waste removal, street care, the provision of leisure facilities including parks and open spaces and leisure centres. These roles are carried out with the priorities of People, Homes, Jobs, Place and Performance. In line with these priorities the council have worked in partnership for many years to address crime and disorder reduction. Within the last year we have worked with the Health sector on the Health and Well Being agenda. To this end we have developed a Health and Well Being delivery plan which shows how we as a local authority can contribute to the H&WB strategy.

Updated:
1 August 2017
Location:
East Midlands
Sectors:
Local Authorities
Local Alliances:
Nottinghamshire Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA 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?

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?

As part of our increased engagement with the Health & Well Being Strategy we already have dementia as one of our work streams. Our current work has been around the provision of activities for the elderly, in particular those living with dementia. Further to this we have had 3 members of staff trained as a Dementia Friends Champion in order to cascade the training throughout the authority. In this way we can improve the service that our officers give to affected members of our community.  Once this is in place we can look to engage with the community groups in the area to further raise awareness of dementia and how to support those living with dementia (and their carers).

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

There are many departments within the council that engage with members of the community. The levels of knowledge around many disabilities vary from staff member to member, we need to ensure that all customer facing staff have a better level of knowledge about dementia. To do this we need to train staff. We need to prioritise the departments that are more likely to come into contact with those living with dementia . We then need to train those departments first. Even in times of cutbacks the need to further skill staff to improve customer service is recognised as a priority.

Member contacts

http://www.gedling.gov.uk/

Member website

www.gedling.gov.uk

2. Actions

  • Improve the Skills of the Dementia Care Workforce

    A wide range of customer facing staff have now undergone the Dementia Champions Awareness sessions. Sessions have also been carried out with outside groups, a health centre, two sessions at care homes and an open session at Newark Library.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2015 - Second Quarter Update

    Ongoing delivery outside the council.

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member

  • Increase knowledge of Dementia across the council

    Initially one member of staff to be trained as a Dementia Friends Champion in order to cascade the training through internal training sessions to other members of the council.

    Two staff members now trained as Champions. 4 Information sessions to be carried out in February for local Councillors and managers.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    2 awareness sessions ran for Leisure centre staff. 22 people attended with positive feedback from personal experiences with family to assisting customers in the workplace.

    Economic development officer trained as a champion with the intention of running Dementia Friends sessions within the business community.

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    A Councilllor is now trained as a Dementia Friends Champion. She has carried out 2 Dementia Friends information sessions for other Cllrs. The other trained Champions have carried out 2 further sessions for managers and customer facing staff within the authority.

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member

  • Increase trained Dementia Champions within the council

    Identify appropriate areas within the council that would benefit from having a Dementia Champion to maintain an impetus on the awareness raising. Train those persons as Champions.

    Status:
    Implementation

    2015 - Second Quarter Update

    Economic development officer within the authority trained as a Dementia Friends Champion, with the intention of running Dementia Friends sessions within the local business community.

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member

  • Join up Dementia Action plans of local partners

    Create an action plan with partners engaged with raising local awareness of Dementia.

    Status:
    Delivered

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    Joint plan created with Gedling Borough Council, NNE CCG, Gedling Homes.

  • School and Business Dementia Awareness

    We will be looking to expand dementia awareness through our primary schools and local businesses. One primary school has started to explore dementia awareness and we will look to use this schools good practise to spread the work across the borough. Our Economic Development officer was consulted to assess current levels of business engagement to decide which businesses are best placed to start engaging with to raise Dementia awareness with their staff.

    October 2016 letters sent to the larger business in Arnold Town centre and Victoria retail park, Netherfield. offering dementia friends sessions.

    Status:
    Initial Scoping

    2016 - Second Quarter Update

    Meeting held with Cllr Portfolio holder for Health & Well Being. Political support there to further the boroughs actions in becoming Dementia Friendly. Letters to businesses offering Dementia friends sessions sent out October 2016. Meeting held with ward Cllr and others in the Porchester area to progress Dementia awareness in that ward. This to include the setting up of a Memory Cafe.

  • Porchester ward being Dementia Friendly

    The Porchester forum lead by local and county Councillor is furthering the councils work to become a Dementia Friendly authority by raising awareness on her ward area. This will entail the following.

    Awareness sessions in the 3 local Doctors surgeries.Setting up of a Memory CafeEngagement with local businesses.Engagement with the local primary school.Local church applying for recognition as Dementia Friendly church.

    Status:
    Initial Scoping

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    One surgery signed up for awareness session.

    Memory cafe opens 24.4.17 run by volunteers.

    Westdale Lane Primary school have had some awarerness in assemblies.

    Church process commenced in line with Diocese Process.

  • Dementia needs survey

    To adapt a survey questionairre to find out the local needs for people living with Dementia and their carers. This will initially be used at known Dementia events.

    Status:
    Initial Scoping

    2017 - Third Quarter Update

    New Action