Cornwall Dementia Partnership

Achievements

Formation of Steering Group with a Launch event in May 2016 which informed production of a Partnership Project Plan.

Background

In March 2012, the Prime Minister set a challenge to deliver major improvements in dementia care and research by 2015 building on the National Dementia Strategy launched in 2009. The Challenge on Dementia is a challenge to the whole of society as well as government.

The three key areas of focus for action: driving improvements in health and care, creating dementia-friendly communities and improving dementia research.

As a Partnership we want to build on the good work that’s already been done and support the progress to transform dementia care, support and research.

The Cornwall Dementia Partnership was developed in 2016 following a Council members briefing presentation on dementia-friendly communities, in February 2016. Following the presentation Councillor Jim McKenna, Portfolio Lead for Adult Care and Kim Dowsing, Senior Commissioning Manager at Cornwall Council endorsed the development of a multi-agency Dementia Action Alliance Partnership in Cornwall.

The Cornwall Dementia Partnership, as part of the Dementia Friendly Communities (DFC) recognition process will ensure the action plan submitted deliver on the outcomes described in The National Dementia Declaration.

Many communities in Cornwall are already on the journey to working towards becoming a dementia-friendly community. The Partnership aims to support this good work, facilitate collaboration amongst communities and partners and promote opportunities to share information and best practice.

Aims

The overall aims of the Partnership are to:

  • Make Cornwall a welcoming, supportive and understanding place for people with dementia to live and visit where community inclusion and personal identity is key.
  • Promote the development and sustainability of dementia friendly communities.
  • Promote and encourage communication and coordination of information of Dementia Action Alliances.
  • Raise awareness of, and reduce the stigma of dementia through learning and support networks thereby promoting inclusion.
  • To enable those living with dementia and carers to have a sense of belonging and of being a valued part of community and civic life.
  • To hear, understand and represent the voice of people living with dementia to ensure their views are central to any decision making process

The Partnership aims to do this by:

  • Bringing together the Local Dementia Action Alliances in Cornwall, therefore understanding and recognising the community they represent.
  • Overarching role in Cornwall. Facilitating collaboration amongst communities and partners and promoting opportunities to share information and best practise. 
  • Raise awareness of dementia, Recruiting DF Champions amongst Council and NHS staff so DF sessions can be incorporated as part of staff inductions. Identify potential volunteers and organise training as appropriate.
  • Promote Dementia Friendly Communities; organise attendance to key events to recruit new county-wide members; recruit county wide partners to join the Cornwall DAA and submit action plans.
  • Influencing the health and care system to improve early diagnosis and post diagnosis support so it is timely and adequate, ensuring dementia is high on the agenda.

Chairperson

Councillor Jude Robinson, Cornwall Council member representing the Camborne Treswithian Electoral Division. jrobinson@cornwall.gov.uk

Achievements

  • Formation of a Steering Group with representation from: Cornwall and Town Council, NHS Kernow, Devon and Cornwall Police, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service, Churches Together, Public Health, Cornwall Council Equality and Diversity Team, a representative from each Local Dementia Action Alliance (Cornwall), Cornwall Chamber of Commerce and Healthwatch Cornwall
  • Launch of the new Cornwall Dementia Partnership DAA during Dementia Awareness Week on Wednesday 18th May at the Royal Cornwall Showground.
  • Co-produced formation of a Partnership Project Plan based priorities identified by attendees at the Cornwall Dementia Partnership Launch event. ‘How the Cornwall Dementia Partnership can support improvement on the services and communities for those living with dementia and carers’.

Meetings

The Cornwall Dementia Partnership will hold regular steering group meetings throughout the year. 

Contact

Please contact for more information:

Sarah Keast, Acting Commissioning Manager:

T: 01208 265764 E: skeast@cornwall.gov.uk

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Alliance Members