Health Improvement Service
- 25 October 2013
- North West
- Local Alliances:
- Salford 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?
Salford Health Improvement Service has eight local neighbourhood teams, one in each area of the city. Each team runs activities and projects that focus on particular health issues and needs that have been identified as a priority for that area.
From oral health and parenting support to information and advice on immunisations and sexual health, Salford Health Improvement Service caters for Salford residents of all ages. We give general advice on healthier lifestyles, run groups to develop knowledge of healthy lifestyle issues and to offer social support and we also support community groups who are interested in running health projects in their area. We run a workplace health programme for local employers and encourage them to sign up to the Great Manchester “Good Work Good Health” charter. We also support national health promotion campaigns, such as the 'Don't be a cancer chancer' campaign and work in school and children's centre after-school clubs to promote healthy lifestyles. Currently the Service carries out in excess of 9000 brief interventions each year. The service would be able to offer carers and people with dementia advice on a range of health issues and the opportunity to attend social support groups in their local area.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
Salford Health Improvement Service is constrained in terms of having to work within the framework of commissioned services.
Additionally, the Salford Health Improvement Team is made up of over 100 employees. This can act as a challenge when rolling out new awareness and training to ensure competency levels are of the required standard.
Description: Include in the information pack given to organisations the team works with, information on how to join the Dementia Action Alliance.
Promoting early diagnosis
Promote 'Worried About Your Memory?' literature amongst the Salford public.
Dementia Awareness Training
Provide Dementia awareness training for staff
Include on the Salford health bus information about dementia.