Nottinghamshire Health and Social Care Dementia Workforce Development Group

The Nottinghamshire Health and Social Care Dementia Workforce Development Group is an operational collaborative and information-sharing group. Group members are from a range of Health and Social Care provider services providing support for people with dementia and their carers across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, including representation from Alzheimer’s Society Nottingham.

Updated:
3 February 2014
Location:
East Midlands
Sectors:
Health, Care
Local Alliances:
Nottinghamshire 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?  

The intention of this question is to allow you to describe your role in delivering the outcomes described for people.

The Nottinghamshire Health and Social Care Dementia Workforce Development Group is an operational collaborative and information-sharing group.  Group members are from a range of Health and Social Care provider services providing support for people with dementia and their carers across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, including representation from Alzheimer’s Society Nottingham.   

The Group’s primary aim and responsibilities are to work towards all frontline provider staff receiving effective dementia training suitable for their roles and level of responsibility, to enable staff to provide high quality care and support to individuals with dementia, and their families and carers.  This includes:  

· Identifying the dementia-specific competences required by all frontline health provider staff  

· Scoping dementia education and training programmes currently being provided within or commissioned by Health and Social Care organisations for all staff  

· Identifying any gaps in education and training provision and seeking / developing education and training to fill identified gaps  

· Sharing good practice, information and ideas  

· The Group has developed an ‘Integrated Nottinghamshire Health and Social Care Dementia Workforce Plan 2012/15’ which sets out County-wide and individual organisational dementia-specific priorities, in relation to workforce needs, and learning and development needs.

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

The challenges from the Group’s perspective are:  

Working towards all Health provider staff receiving appropriate levels of training as per the agreed ‘Nottinghamshire Matrix of Workforce Competences for Dementia Care’, especially given the current climate  

· Working towards all Social Care provider staff receiving appropriate levels of training, especially given the current climate 

· Delivering the Group’s vision and aims, and supporting delivery of training across all sectors to a high standard  

· Identifying and developing opportunities for joint working across Health and Social Care  

· Evaluating the impact of newly developed / commissioned training in practice  

· Balancing multiple individual organisational and national priorities and ensuring national, local and organisational priorities are met, particularly in the current economic climate  

· Maintaining organisational input to inform, implement and support the Group’s vision.

2. Actions

  • Health and Social Care provider staff

    Working towards all Health and Social Care provider staff across services receiving appropriate levels of training, particularly in the current climate 

    The Group will continue to meet on a quarterly basis, to: 

    o  Review and monitor progress against the ‘Integrated Nottinghamshire Health and Social Care Dementia Workforce Plan 2012/15’, including education and training implementation and review updates 

    o  Continue to seek / develop dementia-specific education and training as required by organisations, in line with the agreed ‘Nottinghamshire Matrix of Workforce Competences for Dementia Care’.  Dementia Level 2 training is currently being commissioned for delivery from Alzheimer’s Society in 2013 

    o  Re-scope the dementia-specific education and training being provided in-house within organisations, with a view to ascertaining whether training resources / opportunities can be shared across organisations (by end December 2012) 

    o  Continue to seek opportunities for joint education and training / workforce development activities across Health and Social Care.

    Status:
    Completed

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Second Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - First Quarter Update

    New member

  • Newly developed / commissioned training in practice

    Evaluating the impact of newly developed / commissioned training in practice 

    o  Review and evaluate the impact of dementia-specific education and training programmes commissioned / implemented by the Group, including: 

    o  Current evaluation of the ‘Working with Older People with Mental Health Needs’ accredited (University Degree Level) 2 x pilot cohorts, delivered in November 2011 and February 2012 (to complete in February 2013) 

    o  Dementia Level 2 Training for Nottinghamshire Health, Social Care and Primary Care provider staff which is currently under development with Alzheimer’s Society, for delivery between January and April 2013.

    Status:
    Completed

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Second Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - First Quarter Update

    New member

  • Maintaining organisational input

    Maintaining organisational input to inform, implement and support the Group’s vision

    Status:
    Completed

    The Group will continue to meet on a quarterly basis, to: o Regularly review progress against the ‘Integrated Nottinghamshire Health and Social Care Dementia Workforce Plan 2012/15’ o Share good practice, information and ideas; identify needs for workforce development in relation to dementia service provision and action accordingly o Group Coordinator to maintain contact with Group members pre and post meetings, for example by sharing information and workstream updates. As the Nottinghamshire Health and Social Care Dementia Workforce Development Group has now achieved its original objectives, following discussions at the June 2013 meeting, the Group will become a Dementia Specialist Interest Network / Group (DSING), led by DSING members. The purpose of the DSING will be to continue to share best practice and opportunities for joint working, and identify any challenges or gaps in the provision of dementia-specific education and training. Workforce / education and training needs will continue o be reviewed and further identified through linking with the DSING, as part of the annual Nottinghamshire Workforce Planning process. Any workforce / education and training needs identified will then be raised to the Local Education and Training Board (LETB) Workforce Team (Nottinghamshire), to raise with the Nottinghamshire Local Education and Training Council (LETC) Workforce Board to agree how to best address these across the County as a whole. The DSING will not have one dedicated co-ordinator going forward; however Sarah Orwin (LETB Workforce Team (Nottinghamshire) will continue to provide information to the DSING in terms of forwarding on bulletins, news items, newsletters etc received. Sarah will be happy to forward DAA communications on to the DSING.

  • Joint education and training / workforce development activities

    Continue to seek opportunities for joint education and training / workforce development activities across Health and Social Care.

    Status:
    Completed

    This action has been completed to date. As the Nottinghamshire Health and Social Care Dementia Workforce Development Group has now achieved its original objectives, following discussions at the June 2013 meeting, the Group will become a Dementia Specialist Interest Network / Group (DSING), led by DSING members. The purpose of the DSING will be to continue to share best practice and opportunities for joint working, and identify any challenges or gaps in the provision of dementia-specific education and training. Workforce / education and training needs will continue to be reviewed and further identified through linking with the DSING, as part of the annual Nottinghamshire Workforce Planning process. Any workforce / education and training needs identified will then be raised to the Local Education and Training Board (LETB) Workforce Team (Nottinghamshire), to raise with the Nottinghamshire Local Education and Training Council (LETC) Workforce Board to agree how to best address these across the County as a whole.

  • Re-scope in-house dementia education and training

    Re-scope the dementia-specific education and training being provided in-house within organisations, with a view to ascertaining whether training resources / opportunities can be shared across organisations (by end December 2012.

    Status:
    Completed

    Action completed to date.

  • Continue to seek / develop dementia-specific education and training as required by organisations, in line with the agreed ‘Nottinghamshire Matrix of Workforce Competences for Dementia Care’. Dementia Level 2 training is currently being commissioned for d

    Nottinghamshire Health and Social Care Dementia Workforce Development Group members to continue to seek / develop dementia-specific education and training as required by organisations, in line with the agreed ‘Nottinghamshire Matrix of Workforce Competences for Dementia Care’. Bespoke Dementia training (at Level 2 of the 'Nottinghamshire Matrix of Workforce Competences for Dementia Care') was commissioned for delivery by Alzheimer’s Society in 2013.

    Status:
    Completed

    Both actions have been completed to date, with Level 2 Dementia Training and a Level 3 (1st Degree Level University Module) being developed and piloted within Nottinghamshire. 4 sessions of bespoke Level 2 Dementia training were delivered by Alzheimer’s Society between January and April 2013. The Local Education and Training Board (LETB) Workforce Team (Nottinghamshire) has commenced an evaluation of the impact in practice of the learning received by attendees. The pilot cohorts of the Level 3 University Module were evaluated, and the Module has been included in the East Midlands Learning Beyond Registration contract for future delivery.

  • Review and monitor progress against the ‘Integrated Nottinghamshire Health and Social Care Dementia Workforce Plan 2012/15’, including education and training implementation and review updates

    To review progress agains the 'Integrated Nottinghamshire Health and Social Care Dementia Workforce Plan 2012/15'.

    Status:
    Completed

    The Group developed an ‘Integrated Nottinghamshire Health and Social Care Dementia Workforce Plan 2012/15’ which sets out County-wide and individual organisational dementia-specific priorities, in relation to workforce needs, and learning and development needs. As the Group has now achieved its original objectives, following discussions at the June 2013 meeting, the Group will become a Dementia Specialist Interest Network / Group (DSING), led by DSING members. The purpose of the DSING will be to continue to share best practice and opportunities for joint working, and identify any challenges or gaps in the provision of dementia-specific education and training. Workforce / education and training needs will continue to be reviewed and further identified through linking with the DSING, as part of the annual Nottinghamshire Workforce Planning process. Any workforce / education and training needs identified will then be raised to the Local Education and Training Board (LETB) Workforce Team (Nottinghamshire), to raise with the Nottinghamshire Local Education and Training Council (LETC) Workforce Board to agree how to best address these across the County as a whole.