Plymouth Dementia Action Alliance

The Plymouth Dementia Action Alliance (PDAA) vision is: to recognise the great diversity among individuals with dementia and their carers in Plymouth, promote their inclusion in all areas of community life, respects their decisions and lifestyle choice, anticipates and responds flexibly to their dementia related needs and preferences.

Updated:
27 May 2014
Location:
South West
Local Alliances:
Plymouth 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?

The PDAA aims to achieve this vision by working with its members to meet the following objectives:

  • To establish and maintain effective and supportive communities through information sharing networks
  • To provide a useful feedback tool that would be supported by: Practical guidance, advice, awareness and information and training through workshops and annual awareness days for the both the workplace and the community
  • Ensuring throughout that the voices of people with dementia in Plymouth are heard and so help to inform the work of the Alliance
  • Reporting and Monitoring of the PDAA

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

This question is to allow you to set out some of the key challenges to delivering the outcomes for people with dementia from your organisation’s perspective. For example, a Royal College might state the challenge is its members understanding dementia fully. A training body might say that there is no agreement on what a core curriculum should be. (Word limit of 150 words).

The main challenge is encouraging organisations signed up to the PDAA to ensure that being dementia aware and responsive to the needs of people with dementia and their carers is embedded within everyday policy and practice and can be maintained. Developing an effective monitoring process and the on-going sustainability of the PDAA is a challenge that members of the steering committee are attempting to resolve.

2. Actions

  • Publicise the importance of organisations signing up for dementia awareness training.

    Publicise the importance of organisations signing up for dementia awareness training. For example advertisements in the local media including radio and television (on-going)

    Status:
  • Continuing the development of tailored made awareness training

    Continuing the development of tailored made awareness training (i.e. one to one; e-learning; dementia conferences; influencing in-house organisational training packages) for employers and employees, volunteers, family carers, health and social care workers and members of the public. For example Plymouth City Council have developed an online training package available free to members of the PDAA (on-going)

    Status:
    Implementation
  • to create a working environment that is dementia friendly

    Influence and encourage an appraisal of HR policy and practice within organisations to create a working environment that is dementia friendly and responsive to the needs of employees who have caring responsibilities or a dementia. For example HM Naval Base, Plymouth University and Plymouth City Council have restructured their HR policies to meet the above requirements following a number of dementia awareness raising sessions by the PDAA (on-going)

    Status:
    Implementation
  • To consult and engage with people with dementia and their carers to understand their needs

    To consult and engage with people with dementia and their carers to understand their needs and preferences through PDAA meetings, dementia conferences and focus groups. For example members of the PDAA steering committee are to establish a consultation group consisting of people with dementia and their carers (on-going).

    Status:
    Implementation
  • To further develop and adapt a PDAA questionnaire to effectively monitor and assess the progress of signatories to the Alliance

    Status:
    Implementation
  • Integrate the Dementia Friends project into the work of the Alliance

    Integrate the Dementia Friends project into the work of the Alliance. For example a member of the steering group has participated in the first round of training to become a Dementia Friends Champion (Dec 2012 – Aug 2013)

    Status:
  • Utilising the PDAAs 17 Dementia Friendly Community outcomes to measure the effectiveness of the Alliance strategy

    Status:
    Implementation
  • Research completed by the Plymouth University Dementia Group

    Utilising the research completed by the Plymouth University Dementia Group to inform and influence health and social care policy and practice and improvements in residential and nursing homes both locally and nationally (on-going)

    Status:
    Implementation
  • Engaging with young people through the All Schools Programme launched by Stoke Damerel Community College

    Engaging with young people through the All Schools Programme launched by Stoke Damerel Community College, Plymouth to enable young people within the city to have an understanding of dementia. For example two members of the steering committee who are carers are working with the Art Department and its students to produce a poster campaign to raise awareness of dementia around the city.

     

    Status:
  • Increase the number of dementia champions in store.

    Dementia Champions training has been booked for 3 more members of the store team. This will help us to continue to drive awareness in store for all our staff.

    Status:
    Delivery
  • Dementia Friendly Communities and Action Alliances.

    We will continue to support and promote dementia friendly communities and play an active role in Dementia Action Alliances across Devon and Cornwall.

    Status:
    Being implemented
  • Dementia Friendly Communities and Action Alliances.

    We will continue to support and promote dementia friendly communities and play an active role in Dementia Action Alliances across Devon and Cornwall.

    Status:
    Being implemented
  • Our People.

    We will work with our staff associations and wellbeing network to ensure that any members of staff living with dementia or caring for family members living with dementia are supported.

    Status:
    Planning