Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service are committed to ‘Making Derbyshire Safer’ and are specifically aware of certain groups of individuals who may be at greater risk of fire and who need care and support needs to ensure they are living safely.

Updated:
26 June 2017
Location:
East Midlands
Sectors:
Emergency Services Sector, Local Authorities
Local Alliances:
Derbyshire 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?

United Kingdom Fire and Rescue Services have a duty of care to prevent fire related incidents resulting in deaths and injuries. Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) also have this commitment and have recently launched a new Ageing Safely strategy. Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service are committed to ‘Making Derbyshire Safer’ and are specifically aware of certain groups of individuals who may be at greater risk. As such many of our activities are designed around these target groups; the elderly and those with physical and mental health issues are among these mentioned groups.

We support these groups by providing Safe and Well Checks delivered by trained practitioners who utilise specifically tailored packages that address the individual’s needs.  This delivery is further supported by the use of a wide range of specialist equipment where necessary.  The delivery we provide is not only focused upon the individual but also Service Providers. 

In addition we actively work with Partner agencies such as Housing Associations, Handyvan, AGE UK, Poppy Calls, Adult Care and many others to ensure they have the fire safety awareness to enable them to identify not only risks but instances where risks are increasing.  We also ask that these agencies spread Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service’s Prevention messages for us far and wide.

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

There is a need to ensure that DFRS staff have an awareness and understanding of Dementia so that they can communicate effectively with Clients and Carers and understand specific risks and appropriate ways to mitigate them.  The challenge for the organisation is to access training to enable the staff to have that awareness and understanding and to ensure that we continually upskill our workforce to deal with an ever increasing ageing population.

   

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

The continued reduction in resources from voluntary and public section organisations that we use to support members of the community that have care and support needs.

Member website

www.derbys-fire.gov.uk

2. Actions

  • Access Training to DFRS staff to enable them to communicate effectively with the client and their carers

    It has taken some time to scope out training for the organisation

    Status:
    Completed

    2017 - Second Quarter Update

    All crews and support staff will receive further Dementia Friends Session as part of Dementia Awareness Week in 2017.  Community Safety Officers to receive more advanced training in the New Year as part of some on=line learning

    2017 - Second Quarter Update

    All crews and support staff will receive further Dementia Friends Session as part of Dementia Awareness Week in 2017.  Community Safety Officers to receive more advanced training in the New Year as part of some on=line learning.

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    CSOs to undergo Dementia Champions Training to enable Dementia Friend sessions to be carried out throughout the organisation.

    2015 - Second Quarter Update

    Dementia Champions Training undertaken by the CSOs

    2014 - Fourth Quarter Update

    No further progress at this time

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    no further progress at this time

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    no further progress at this time

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    no further progress at this time

    2013 - Fourth Quarter update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter update

    Training has now been undertaken. I will keep an eye out for any further training in the future that may assist the team to communicate with these groups.

    2013 - Second Quarter update

    Training will take place with Dementia First for all the Prevention Team on 19th September.

  • Promote the DFRS 'Sprinkler' initiative nationally

    DFRS Sprinkler initiative continues to be discussed nationally and locally with partners

    Status:
    Delivery

    2017 - Second Quarter Update

    The budget for this has been drastically reduced and as such a new strategy is being put together to look at how we can support housing providers with this initative.

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    The budget for this has been drastically reduced and as such a new strategy is being put together to look at how we can support housing providers with this initative.

    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Our New CFO has now undertook the role of chairing the national Sprinkler group and this will therefore become more high profile over the next few months

    2014 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Ongoing

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    Ongoing

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    Ongoing

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    Ongoing

    2013 - Fourth Quarter update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter update

    This continues to be our national initiative.

    2013 - Second Quarter update

    This continues to be our national initiative.

  • Develop our partnership with Royal Derby and Chesterfield Royal Hospital community Units

    DFRS continue to try and work with both Hospitals in Derbyshire

    Status:
    Delivery

    2017 - Second Quarter Update

    DFRS are now speaking to discharge teams, EMAS and Dementia services on ensuring there is a robust referral pathway

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Work with and gaining access to specific departments has not been very successful this year.  It is hoped that we will be able to work more closely with the discharge teams and London Road Community Hospital in 2017

    2015 - First Quarter Update

    Contact made with Vanessa Edwards at Royal Derby

    2014 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Consultation continues with Hospitals about specific campaigns

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    Consultation continues to be ongoing with the Hospitals about specific campaigns

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    Ongoing consultation with Hospitals

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    Ongoing consultation with Hospitals

    2013 - Fourth Quarter update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter update

    Contact has now been made with Chesterfield Royal and work will now start in earnest to develop this partnership.

    2013 - Second Quarter update

    We continue to work with the Hospitals in the City of Derby and are contacting the Hospital in Chesterfield to discuss partnership working.

  • Access funding schemes to enable the elderly to live more independently in their homes for longer

    DFRS are constantly looking at new technology that will keep people safer in their homes.  New equipment is coming onto the market all the time but with budgets being squeezed DFRS are seeking joint funding with other organisations to be able to continue to provide such equipment.

    Status:
    Implementation

    2017 - Second Quarter Update

    DFRS are working with the Healthy Housing Hub in Derby City to joint fund a service where we can provide adaptations and safe and well checks to the over 60s for free.

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    DFRS continue work with partner agencies to support the elderly and vulnerable living for longer in their homes.  We continually work with the Healthy Homes Team at both Derbyshire and Derby City Councils and more locally Erewash Concern and local CVSs.  This work will continue into 2017 but it is anticipated that as funding continues to be cut these services will become less widely available. 

    2015 - First Quarter Update

    Updated Care Act now come into force and training is being sourced for all employees on these updates

    2014 - Fourth Quarter Update

    DFRS have procured fire proof blankets and sheets to assist with the elderly that are carelessly smoking

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    DFRS are meeting with Whittaker Services to discuss Fire Proof Bedding and blankets

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    No new equipment procured this quarter but CSOs have been upskilled on Suicide Awareness this month

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    DFRS have procured wi-safe alarms for the profoundly deaf this quarter

    2013 - Fourth Quarter update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter update

    Derby City Council contact Jenny Appleby has agreed to inform us of any funding bids that arise where we are able to joint bid.

    2013 - Second Quarter update

    We are always looking at funding schemes to enable us to deliver our service. We have recently secured £5k from the Electrical Safety Council for extension cables to enable us to make safe overloaded sockets in vulnerable people's homes.

  • Develop our health and wellbeing section on our internet ensuring its up to date with relevant information on how to stay fit and healthy

    DFRS have appointed a Health & Wellbeing Project Lead to scope out how DFRS can support the Strategic H & W priorities in the City and County

    Status:
    Delivery

    2017 - Second Quarter Update

    Our page on Dementia has been updated with new statistically information alongside the promotion of the Dementia Awareness Week Message and the contact details for Making Space

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    This action has now been completed due to work pressures it will therefore be carried forward into 2017.

    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    How DFRS can support the Health and Wellbeing is currently being looked at as part of a bigger review.  Further updates to follow. 

    2014 - Fourth Quarter Update

    DFRS working with our technicians to update our website to include health and wellbeing information

    2014 - Third Quarter Update

    DFRS working with our technicians to update our website to include health and wellbeing information

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    DFRS working with our technicians to update our website to include health and wellbeing information

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    DFRS working with our technicians to update our website to include health and wellbeing information

    2013 - Fourth Quarter update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter update

    This work is ongoing

    2013 - Second Quarter update

    The Health and Wellbeing site continues to be updated. We recently added DAA information as part of Mental Health Week on our internal and external web pages.

  • Delivering against the Dementia Friendly Charter

    The Dementia Friendly Charter signed as part of Dementia Awareness Week 2017 will be monitored to ensure DFRS are adhering to the statements in the Charter and work with the relevant partner agencies to continually move forward with new ideas, technology and ways in which we can support people living and caring for people with dementia.

    Status:
    Implementation