Trent Dementia Services Development Centre

Trent DSDC is a small charity based in Leicester whose mission is to provide education, training, information and advice to those living and working with dementia in the East Midlands and beyond.

Updated:
25 February 2014
Location:
East Midlands
Sectors:
Health, Care
Local Alliances:
East Midlands Regional Board

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?

Trent DSDC is a small charity based in Leicester whose mission is to provide education, training, information and advice to those living and working with dementia in the East Midlands and beyond. We support the National Dementia Declaration by working in partnership with other organisations to provide:  

  • Regional dementia care training for carers, care homes, health and social care providers
  • Regional dementia information and advice service for carers in Leicestershire  http://www.dementiawebleicestershire.org.uk/ 
  • Dementia care conferences for people with dementia, carers and professionals
  • Information and advice on assistive technologies for people with dementia to help support independence, through our website www.atdementia.org.uk  and AT Guide - our self-help tool to how technology can help you live well with dementia, designed with and for people with dementia www.atdementia.org.uk/atguide 
  • User testing and trials of assistive technologies for people with dementia 

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

The key challenges in delivering these outcomes are:  

  • Sufficient funding to provide key services in the current economic climate
  • Financial pressures on statutory organisations which has implications for staff training and attendance at conferences and events
  • Maintaining impartiality and credibility as an independent information resource on assistive technologies whilst recognising the need for sponsorship as a source of income
  • Provision of information and advice to those without internet access
  • Fully involving people with dementia and their family carers in the provision and development of services.

2. Actions

  • Partnerships with other dementia charities

    Further develop partnerships with other dementia charities and organisations to help us continue to provide and develop our services in the East Midlands and beyond

    Status:
    Implementation

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

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    2013 - Third Quarter Update

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    2013 - Second Quarter Update

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    2013 - First Quarter Update

    New member

  • Funders and sponsors

    Work with funders and sponsors to continue to provide educational events that are free for people with dementia and family carers and low cost for health and social care professionals

    Status:
    Implementation

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Second Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - First Quarter Update

    New member

  • Information Accreditation Scheme

    Be accredited by the Information Accreditation Scheme as a trusted provider of high quality information and advice that can be signposted to via Information Prescriptions

    Status:
    Implementation

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Second Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - First Quarter Update

    New member

  • Provide information and advice

    Provide information and advice to those without internet access through telephone support and the production of printed material - such as the booklet ‘Getting equipped to tackle forgetfulness: Top tips for family and friends’ produced in partnership with the Foundation for Assistive Technology and Innovations in Dementia

    Status:
    Implementation

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Second Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - First Quarter Update

    New member

  • Involving people with dementia and carers

    Continue involving people with dementia and carers in all aspects of our work. This includes representation on steering groups; being fully involved in all projects, user testing and design processes; developing, leading and speaking at workshops/conferences. Involving people with dementia and carers in this way means that our services really reflect their needs and are designed to be as useful and accessible as possible.

    Status:
    Implementation

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Second Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - First Quarter Update

    New member