Kent Sussex & Surrey Dementia Care Innovation Hub

The Kent, Sussex and Surrey Dementia Care Innovation Hub (KSS DCIH) is a regional hub - based at Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) - which serves Kent, Sussex and Surrey. The DCIH was launched in January 2013 from what was formerly the Dementia Services Development Centre (South East). We also host the Dementia & Spirituality Interest Group (DemSig) within the hub. Main aims of the KSS DCIH team: The primary focus of activity is on collaborative forms of scholarship and research (including practice development) that contribute to building communities friendly to people with dementia and their families/closest others. Our ultimate purpose, which we regard as an outcome of person-centredness, is to contribute to flourishing for all. Our aims are translated into an annual business plan with objectives and identified outcomes and we report on it through faculty structures. Key activities include: • Working with regional partners on a range of initiatives relevant to the services and people who use them • Planning delivery and evaluation of practice development projects and initiatives for dementia care services • Knowledge transfer and research; including MPhil/PhD research • Design, delivery and evaluation of work based learning events and programmes • Dementia care curriculum work, including events and course design • Developing a resource to enable information sharing and networking

Updated:
9 February 2015
Location:
South East
Sectors:
Care, Communication
Local Alliances:
Kent Dementia Action Alliance, Canterbury 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? 

  • Kent, Sussex and Surrey Dementia Care Innovation Hub (KSS DCIH) is a partnership between Canterbury Christ Church University, Dementia UK and Avante Partnership. The KSS DCIH has a philosophy of care that is a person-centred, we have a relationship based approach that focuses on preserving the dignity and independence of the individual who has a dementia. The culture of care that we promote emphasises personal strengths, maintenance and development of relationships and retained abilities.
  • We work with people with dementia and their carers to inform and be included in education, research, evaluation, planning and consultation.
  • We work with multi-professional groups of educationalist, practitioners and researchers to contribute to and build on the evidence base to improve the care and lives of people with dementia and their families. 
  • We work with the public to promote our relational philosophy to improve citizenship and awareness of people with dementia who are living in our communities.
  • As a regional centre; we will work where ever possible in partnership with organisations and services to inform, support and encourage leadership in improving dementia care.
  • We have international links that will help us improve and develop our services within a central focus on improving regional standards in dementia care.

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

Key Challenges: 

  • Assumptions that the workforce does not 'have time' to provide kindness and understanding to people with dementia and their families, there is a need to raise awareness and training using evidenced based practical skills  across multi-agency services to promote value and appreciation of the dementia care workforce.

There is a need to support the lives of people with dementia in the end stages of their illness. Lack of recognition of the signs of end stage dementia:

  • mean unnecessary acute hospital admissions where people with dementia die or never return home from.   
  • Dignity and respect by raising awareness in society to reduce stigma and promote citizenship to prevent isolation and loneliness of people with dementia and their carers

2. Actions

  • Further develop educational programmes

    To continue and further develop our educational programmes in dementia care to widen access to all sectors of the work force.

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  • Partnership with people with dementia

    Working in partnership with people with dementia, their families, regional communities and partners to raise awareness and improve citizenship.  

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  • Provide accessible, sponsored lectures

    To provide accessible, sponsored lectures for people with dementia, carers and professionals to maximise the development of knowledge and skills in dementia care.

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  • Provide bespoke consultancy

    We will provide bespoke consultancy to partners and organisation to evaluate services and projects.

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  • Canterbury Christ Church University

    Dementia is one of the four priorities for Canterbury Christ Church University; the investment in the partnership with Dementia UK and Avante will be further invested in to develop research and knowledge to improve the care of people with dementia and their carers.

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  • Engage and build partnerships

    To engage with and build partnerships with regional services and organisations to improve dementia care.

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  • Develop web site

    To develop our web site to provide information and a regional inter-active collaborative platform for people with dementia, carers and professionals.

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  • Provide a regional lead

    To continue to provide a regional lead in dementia awareness training in all sectors, by providing a flexible educational approach to the development of trainers.

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  • Spirituality forum.

    To develop a regional web based spirituality forum.

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  • Up to date information

    To provide a link and up to date information via national policy-makers to enable the implementation of the National Dementia Strategy.

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