Dementia Services Development Centre

The Dementia Services Development Centre exists to improve services for people with dementia and their carers throughout the UK and beyond. We do this through research and teaching and by supporting workers and organisations that provide care for people with dementia.

Updated:
10 February 2016
Location:
National
Sectors:
Communication, Care, Arts, Faith Groups, Health, Hospitals and Hospital Trusts, Housing Sector, Local Authorities, Medical, Membership Organisations, Recreation, Telecare, Voluntary Sector, Emergency Services Sector, Education Sector, Commissioners Sector

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 Dementia Services Development Centre has a role in improving services for people with dementia and their carers.  We do this by providing information through information services accessed by people on line across the UK and the English speaking world.  We provide training for anyone, at low cost or free, through training the trainers and on line material, as well as directly delivering training.  We help people design dementia friendly buildings and provide books and learning materials on design and dementia, including free downloads from our website.  We provide degree level dementia education, and undertake research in how to make things better for people with dementia and their carers.  In all of this we will be guided by people with dementia and their carers, and those who work in the field, who have the job of implementing government policy. 

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

Now we have offices in London, Belfast and Scotland and our work in Wales, we signal that we understand the challenges around the UK.  With our partnerships across the globe, we are confident that we can bring the best of international knowledge together in one place.   A challenge that remains is that we are non profit and supported by a charity.  This means that we are limited in what we do by funds. Even with our low prices, people indicate that they can't afford to pay for training or books.  It's a false economy for them, because doing things badly and in out of date ways costs more than doing them properly.

2. Actions

  • Expanding our team - trainers, an architect, web workers, and a director for the Dementia Festival of Ideas

    We will expand our team and our range of services to match the need of providers.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2015 - Second Quarter Update

    Two new educators appointed.  

    Appointed a full time experienced architect

    Advertising for a communications officer and information assistant

    2012 – Third Quarter Update

    In progress.

    2012 – Second Quarter Update

    In progress.

    2012 – First Quarter Update

    In terms of staffing, we have appointed a new post of Training Officer and we are currently recruiting a Chair in Dementia Research.

  • Increase research input

    We will increase our research input to the courses and books that we provide.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2015 - Second Quarter Update

    New literature searches completed on 

    dementia friendly communitiesdesign and dementia

    Published work on website on research done with the Thomas Pocklington Trust on dementia and visual impairment

    Grants awarded for research on dementia enabled communities, frail elderly in hospital and other areas to be seen on www.dementia.stir.ac.uk

    2012 – Third Quarter Update

    In progress.

    2012 – Second Quarter Update

    In progress.

    2012 – First Quarter Update

    Publications like 10 Helpful Hints for Dementia Design at Home and 10Helpful Hints for Carers, which are full of sensible advice, are given to family carers at sessions funded by Comic Relief, which we are running in Scotland initially, hoping to attract funding to extend it more widely.

  • Provide free services

    We will increasingly provide our services free at the point of delivery by finding new funding models.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2015 - Second Quarter Update

    The charity that supports the DSDC which is called the Dementia Services Development Trust is celebrating its 25th anniversary and there is a new chairman, Dr Ken Logue, who is leading discussion on new funding models.  Details of the Trust are here.

    http://dementia.stir.ac.uk/about-dsdc/dementia-services-development-trust

    2012 – Third Quarter Update

    In progress.

    2012 – Second Quarter Update

    In progress.

    2012 – First Quarter Update

    In the past quarter we have continued to seek funding for projects which allow us to offer free or reduced cost publications, places on training and degree courses, and information sessions. As a result, we can get our message out to as wide an audience as possible.

  • Electronic communication

    We will rely increasingly on electronic communication.  Currently we are building our website www.dementia.stir.ac.uk with interactive education materials, blogs, video and audio material etc all funded by charity.

    Status:
    Being implemented
  • Dementia Festival of Ideas

    This is a year long festival including workshops, ideas labs, masterclasses and other events to be seen on the website at http://festivalofideas.org.uk

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2015 - Second Quarter Update

    Fondation Mederic Alzheimer Paris now joining as a partner for Festival of Ideas.  June will see the masterclass on politics and the masterclass on ethics is about to be put up on the website.

  • Providing education in Emergency Departments

    In partnership with Accident and Emergency staff we have devised an education programme that can be embedded in organisations, and we are delivering that across the UK.  It is based on the Best Practice programme that has already had over 6,000 participants (mainly nurses, and health care assistants in hospital, home care and care homes.)  http://dementia.stir.ac.uk/education/flagship-courses/best-practice-learning-programme

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2015 - Second Quarter Update

    New cohort of emergency nurses now started this programme.  New film on website.  Programme short listed for HSJ Award

  • International Dementia Conference Birmingham November with large exhibition

    The International Dementia Conference, being held in Birmingham on 3-4 November 2015,  is for everyone involved in supporting people with dementia and their carers and will showcase the latest research alongside best practical guidance on helping improve the lives of people with dementia.

    http://dementia.stir.ac.uk/blogs/dsdc-news/2015-05-27/international-dementia-conference-call-papers

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2015 - Second Quarter Update

    The conference date and venue are now set and the call for papers is out.

    http://www.dementia.stir.ac.uk/international-dementia-conference

  • Ideas Labs on Dementia; including the arts and new thinking

    IdeasLab 2015 explored the future impact of the arts and culture on dementia. The spotlight was turned on 10 ideas from across the world at an exciting event in Belfast on 25 February 2015. IdeasLab 2015 was part of the Dementia Festival of Ideas, a year-long programme of events to mark the 25th Anniversary of the Dementia Services Development Centre.  Films, interviews and written accounts of the event are here on the web

    http://dementia.stir.ac.uk/ideas/ideaslab-2015

    Status:
    Delivered

    2015 - Second Quarter Update

    Ideas Lab films now edited and available on Youtube and DSDC website at www.dementia.stir.ac.uk

  • Stimulating Thinking - series of thinkpieces

    http://dementia.stir.ac.uk/ideas/stimulating-thinking-iris

    Iris is a series of thinkpieces  addressing the issues which are shaping the future of dementia policy, care and practice.  Iris draws on research and evidence from across the world to stimulate thinking and action across boundaries – between practitioners, organisations, policy makers or even countries.  Iris is specially commissioned to stimulate and encourage dialogue and understanding between professionals from all backgrounds and to promote public understanding and engagement.The choice of Iris resonates with stimulation, communication and growth including links to the eye, the flower known for its rainbow of colours, the Greek Messenger Goddess and Iris Murdoch after whom DSDC HQ was named

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2015 - Second Quarter Update

    Number of Iris's now reaching critical mass...subjects include

    Housing http://www.dementia.stir.ac.uk/ideas/stimulating-thinking-iris

    Long term future of dementia http://dementia.stir.ac.uk/system/files/filedepot/24/01976_dsdc_iris_thinking_long_term_paper_13a.pdf

    And othe issues including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic organisations; the arts; and novel thinking