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Healthwatch Lambeth

We are the independent health and care champion for local people. We ensure people's experiences play a central role in shaping and improving services.

15 November 2019
Care, Charity, Community organisations, Health, Local DAA Members, Social Care
Local Alliances:
Lambeth 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?

We will use our involvement in Lambeth DAA to continue to influence local priorities around dementia, based on the findings of our review of services for people living with dementia completed in 2015. In particular, we will encourage: • stronger local leadership on dementia • increased and sustained socialising and befriending opportunities for people with dementia, which will also provide more respite for family carers. Wherever we can, we will continue to apply a dementia lens to the services we review and ensure that people with dementia and their families and carers can give their views.

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

Challenge 1: How to provide the best opportunities for people living with dementia to give us feedback on services/their health and wellbeing. Solutions/tools: Inhouse staff and volunteer training and/or Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project resources. Challenge 2: Multiple influencing priorities. Solutions/tools: DAA meetings will provide milestones to track progress.

2. Actions

  • Increase team awareness

    Host an annual Dementia Friends session for new staff, trustees and volunteers.

    Being implemented

    2019 - First Quarter Update

    2018/19 training delivered spring 2019.

  • Promote health and care services for people with dementia

    Ensure we include information about relevant local services in our monthly e-bulletin and on our website.

    Being implemented
  • Advance care planning collaboration

    Ensure people with dementia and their families have the opportunity to be included in Lambeth’s 3 year advance care planning collaborative project starting summer 2019: http://www.healthwatchlambeth.org.uk/lambethadvancecareplanningproject/

  • Run consultation on Lambeth DAA 3 year plan

    Devised and promoted paper and online survey and ran face-to-face consultation with two groups of carers on Lambeth DAA's proposed three year plan.
  • Consultation with people living with dementia

    Find out more about the activities that people living with dementia would like to take part in, to identify potential gaps. To be conducted 2020/21. (Part of Lambeth DAA 3 year plan priority 2: ensure a good range of local dementia friendly social and leisure activities)
  • Review information after diagnosis

    Co-deliver with other DAA members a review of the information people and their families receive after a diagnosis of dementia.

    Scoped for 2020/21.

    Part of Lambeth DAA's 3 year plan priority 4: encourage more joined up and dementia friendly health and care services.