Kent County Council

Kent County Council is the Local Authority for the people of Kent. We provide a range of services for residents, visitors and people working in Kent. We work closely with district councils, town and parish councils. The councils overarching aims as set out in Bold Steps for Kent our medium term Plan are; •To help the Kent economy grow - to support and facilitate new growth in the Kent economy by delivering the priorities in our regeneration framework Unlocking Kent’s Potential, by delivering new housing and new infrastructure and by working with key business sectors. •To put the citizen in control – power and influence must be in the hands of local people so they are able to take responsibility for their own community and service needs. •To tackle disadvantage – We will make Kent a county of opportunity where aspiration rather than dependency is supported, particularly for those who are disadvantaged or who struggle to help themselves and their family. In regards to the needs of vulnerable adults and as set out in our Transformation Blue print our aim is: That people are at the heart of all adult social care activities, receiving integrated services that are easy to access, of good quality and that maximise their ability to live independently and safely in their community. We will achieve this by: •Empowering citizens to build a support network of trusted people, places and services tailored to their needs and minimising their dependence on formal services •Working with communities to ensure people can develop or retain a choice of social links and networks to maintain health and prevent social isolation •Making every penny count in achieving service user outcomes and value for money services •Providing the right assessment at the right time to support people to achieve or regain their ability to manage their lives •Commissioning housing options that support people to thrive in their community •Developing a vibrant market of services from which people can find the right Support •Agreeing clear and consistent standards across the county, but recognising distinctive local solutions for delivery •Encouraging a positive culture that enables our workforce to develop and deliver a quality service

Updated:
16 March 2015
Location:
South East
Sectors:
Local Authorities
Local Alliances:
Kent Dementia Action Alliance, Ashford (Kent) Dementia Action Alliance, Thanet Dementia Action Alliance, Shepway Dementia Action Alliance, Dementia Action Alliance Faversham, Dover and Deal Dementia Action Alliance, Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley Dementia Action Alliance, Swale Dementia Action Alliance, West Kent Dementia Action Alliance, Canterbury Dementia Action Alliance, Sandwich 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?

As an organisation of influence across Kent we propose to promote the Dementia Action Alliance by facilitating the formation of a pan Kent Alliance. We will promote personal budgets to give people with dementia choice and control of services to meet their care needs. We will involve people with dementia in development of new services and consult on all service changes that affect people with dementia and their carers. We will develop an improved website to support access to information, services and choice, but that will also share best practice examples from across the county and nationally. We will participate in innovation and research through the Academic Health Science Network. We will continue to work with care home providers to drive up quality through our Excellence in Kent scheme. We will continue to develop all areas of Kent as Dementia Friendly Communities involving people with dementia and their carers in all our projects. We will work with our partners to deliver joined up care through our health and social care integration project. We will continue to work on our inter-generational projects bringing together young people with dementia and develop training materials that can be used within school curriculum.

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

There are three main challenges:

1. Maintaining dementia’s high profile within a wide range of competing priorities, financial pressures makes any innovation or planning decision on the basis of a single disease profile seem uneconomic and similarly trying to bring together organisations who meet the needs of a variety of the community is often difficult.

2. Developing mechanisms whereby service users and carers can be involved at a meaningful level where they feel informed and able to participate and adequately represent the views of a wide range of other people with dementia and not to focused on their own experiences which while valuable might not be representative.

 3. The lack of a coherent training programme and difficulties in identifying those people trained as dementia champions who we want to engage with as part of our work.

Member contacts

www.kent.gov.uk

2. Actions

  • We will facilitate the transformation of the existing Kent Dementia Collaborative into the Kent Dementia Action Alliance.

    Following agreement at a meeting of the Kent Dementia Collaborative in September 2013, all members committed to signing up to the Dementia Action Alliance.  We will facilitate the launch of the pan Kent Dementia Action Alliance in December and continue to lobby all existing and potential members in advance of the next meeting and provide information and benefits of the proposed new arrangements.

    Status:
    Implementation

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    Launch took place on the 24th April and all new memebrs were present, the Alliance is now meeting quarterly and this action is now closed

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    First meeting of the Kent Alliance held on the 21st March, most members have joined the Alliance, agreed to have a formal launch at an event to be held at Canterbury Christ Church University.

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member

  • We will improve understanding and awareness of dementia across Kent County Council

    Community Engagement Officers to work with Members to deliver Dementia Friends training. Build relationships with members of the public who have completed Dementia Champions training and integrate this with our work in developing Dementia Friendly Communities and promote internally within KCC the training of identified staff as Dementia Champions to deliver Dementia Friends Information sessions to Members and staff across all Directorates.

    Status:
    Implementation

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    A large number of Dementia Friends Information Sessions were delivered during Dementia Awareness week and an internal group with representatives from different directorates has been established.

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    A number of KCC staff are now Dementia Champions and Information sessions across Directorates is now taking place

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member

     

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  • We will ensure Kent County Councils policies and procedures support employees affected by dementia.

    Ensure Kent County Councils policies and procedures support employees affected by dementia - both staff who may develop dementia and those who may have a caring responsibility for someone living with dementia.

    Human Resources to audit relevant policies to ensure they are dementia friendly.

    Status:
    Planning

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    Initial meting held with Human Resources to discuss how this could be undertaken, acknowledging that existing policies were all subject to existing equality and diversity legislation.

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member

  • We will facilitate the transformation of the existing Kent Dementia Collaborative into the Kent Dementia Action Alliance.

    Following agreement at a meeting of the Kent Dementia Collaborative in September 2013, all members committed to signing up to the Dementia Action Alliance.  We will facilitate the launch of the pan Kent Dementia Action Alliance in December and continue to lobby all existing and potential members in advance of the next meeting and provide information and benefits of the proposed new arrangements.

    Status:
    Implementation

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member

  • We will support the development of 12 Dementia Friendly Communities across Kent

    We will support the development of 12 Dementia Friendly Communities through FSC Dementia Friendly Communities Programme using methodology developed by the Social Innovation laboratory for Kent (SILK)   http://socialinnovation.typepad.com/silk/projects.html). 

    All project activity undertaken and any products or services developed will be co-produced and designed by Kent residents and professionals, all outcomes will be adapted and adopted for Kent and more specifically for each different community.

    Status:
    Implementation

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    6 monthly update provided to dememntia friendly communities and accreditation extended, work now ongoing in all 12 District council areas and local forums established to progress dementia friendly community work

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    Accreditation achieved for Kent as 'Working towards being a dementia friendly community.

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member

  • Raise Awareness of the Shared Lives Dementia Project within Kent County Council, statutory agencies and the voluntary and community support sector.

    To promote Shared Lives as an alternative service offering Day Support, Short Breaks, Long Term placements to people eligible for support at the point of contact with social services; as a provider within KCC to provide support to people with dementia and their carer / families.To meet with other agencies and suppor6t services toprovide information and encourage signposting to the Shared Lives service.To access service user forums and work in partnership with other KCC services to raise the profile of the Shared Lives Dementia Project through media campaigns and events. 

    Status:
    Implementation
  • To develop a strategic accommodation strategy for Kent residents to include a dementia specific strand.

    All members of the Accommodation Solution Team to become dementia friends. 

    To work with providers to promote a shared responsibility for the best quality training specifically aimed at staff working with people living with dementia.  Supported providers on the Excellence in Kent 2ndCohort.  Completed

    Working with Ladder to the Moon, creative well-being company providing training to the care sector to increase the wellbeing of people living with dementia in both care homes and within various community settings such as extra care provision.  Working with Ashley Gardens Care Centre, part funding for the Vibrant Communities Programme that the home have commissioned.  Ongoing until June 2015.

    To disseminate good practice in dementia related technology, care, building design, garden design, medicine.  Organisation of a delegation of private and County Council providers to a care home in Ghent with CASA European exchange.  Organisation of a dissemination event with a delegation of the team from the care home in Ghent, including architects, pharmacists, landscape designer, food technologist and owner of the home.  Completed 17thOctober 2014.

     

    As part of the accommodation strategy to work with developers and providers in respect of new provision.  Ongoing.  

    Status:
    Being implemented