Staffordshire County Council

Staffordshire County Council is the top-tier local authority for the non-metropolitan county of Staffordshire, which provides a range of public services.

Updated:
18 January 2017
Location:
West Midlands
Local Alliances:
Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Dementia Action Alliance, South Staffordshire 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?

Across Staffordshire County Council we recognise the caring role to be a vital one, particularly for those living with dementia. We have a joint health and social care commissioning strategy for Carers which sets out a number of priority areas that we intend to achieve and those priorities link closely with the work that is being done regarding dementia.

We currently have a number of services commissioned to support carers in their caring role and these include dementia cafés, dementia advisory support and carers respite fund services. As part of our dementia and carer strategies and action plans, we intend to build on these services and ensure that they are recognised by the various stakeholders and delivered to meet demand.

We want to ensure that carers are offered an assessment for care in their own right, feel supported by providing them with access/contact points and have a way of being able to receive some form of respite from their day to day caring role.

Commissioners within the county council also work closely with health colleagues in order to ensure that support for carers of people with dementia is being prioritised and is part of our future commissioning intentions. We also work to support 3rd sector organisations across the county who provide services in the community specifically for carers. This is done via various engagement events & meetings and forming relationships in order to us to be used as a port of call when services are seeking advice etc.

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

Education of dementia is often a key challenge and it has been highlighted as a need across health and social care professionals as well as residential care home staff. This need for training can often mean that carers aren’t given the attention that is needed and aren’t being recognised for their caring role. We intend to work together in order to develop training packages for various stakeholders including carers themselves.

Getting other members of the community to understand the need to support carers can also be a challenge. GPs will undoubtedly come across a number of carers of people with dementia who require support however big or small.

Member contacts

Vicky Rowley
Staffordshire County Council
Wedgewood Building
Tipping Street
Stafford
ST16 2DH

01785 895123
vicky.rowley@staffordshire.gov.uk

2. Actions

  • Raise awareness and encourage staff training

    Work with our colleagues within the third sector and private sector in order to raise public and professional awareness of dementia and provide training for staff

    Status:
    Delivery

    2015 - Second Quarter Update

    We have carried out a pilot project which has offered opportunities for care home staff to attend a short term, intsensive series of training sessions which focus on the whole pathway for dementia. These training sessions have now ended and we are due to evaluate the pilot over the summer.

    A variety of different organisations, incluidng the Fire Service and Police, have been supporting their staff to attend dementia friends sessions.

     

    Within the County Council we have also had our People Director team go through a dementia friends session during dementia awareness week.

  • Review memory clinic services

    Review our existing memory clinic service to understand how it can be improved and developed over time in order to provide the best service which is responsive and provides people with the right information

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2015 - First Quarter Update

    Memory Services in the North of the County have now been reviewed and as a result, a list of recommendations and actions have been produced, for both the provider organisation and commissioners. Commisioners have also provide additional recrruent funding for the service to enable them to see more people in a timely manner.

  • Training for staff and councillors within Staffordshire County Council

    We will enable all reception and contact centre staff to become dementia friends as well as county councillors, district councillors and parish councillors.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    All reception and conact centre staff are dementia friends. we now have plans in place to provide friends sessions for local councillors.

  • Local dementia friendly communities

    We will work with district councils, town councils and traders associations in order to create local dementia friendly communities on a small scale.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2015 - Second Quarter Update

    We have been working specifically with Hednesford in Cannock to create a dementia friendly community in the area, and now the Town Council have become a member of the DAA and will be leading on the work in the future. Further work is now beginning to take place in other parts of Cannock such as Norton Canes and Rugeley.

    The County Council are now also beginning to focus on libraries, shcools and transport as part of the wider DAA action plan for Staffordshire

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    on the 1st October we held a launch event for dementia friendly communities in Hednesford, Cannock which involved over 100 attendees including local 3rd sector organisations, businesses, statutory organisations and members of the public.

    Work in also taking place in the south of the county to create dementia friendly communities with support from the local strategic partnerships.