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Compassion Matters Solutions CIC

Compassion Matters Solutions CIC is a newly registered Community Interest Company. It is a health and social enterprise and is a ‘not for profit’ organization. It seeks to operate as a coaching, consultancy, health promotion and campaigning service in a number of distinct areas of expertise, pertaining to health and social care. CMS are running the pilot ‘Specialist Coaching Practice” a person centred service’ this summer for older Survivors of institutional abuse. Compassion in Action We know there is a lot of talk in the media about the importance of "Compassion", with the Prime Minister, David Cameron and the Health Minister, Jeremy Hunt setting out clearly, that compassion has to be at the heart of Health and Social care. Indeed evidence shows that "Practicing Compassion" " is the route to preventing stress that leads to burnout and enables individuals, to become happier, healthier and more “resilient”. In effect “save money, time and lives” (Dr Robin Young). But what does this really mean and how can this can be translated in real benefits, outcomes for health professionals, formal and informal Carers and loved ones living with Dementia. Compassion Matters Solution have developed programmes to connect, stimulate, engage and validate boosting self confidence, self esteem, health and wellbeing, of health professionals, formal and informal carers and their loved ones, by tapping into the: Ø Compassionate capabilities of all Ø Focus on the capabilities of all Ø Compassionate support of the care giver and the recipient of care.

14 March 2014
Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Westminster 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?

a) Raise awareness of the need for “Compassion” in the care practices for older people and especially those living with dementia and their Carers.
National Dementia Declaration Action Plan

b) Develop and deliver “Compassion Matters” health psychology approaches and interventions to this effect.

c) Campaign to raise awareness of the importance of” Compassion” and a “Person Centre” approach in the care of older and vulnerable people at a local, (grass roots) and national level.

d) Set up a “Compassion Matters” 4 Dementia awareness group and to join with other similar groups to start with at a local level.

e) Use on the ground research skills to carry out a community needs dementia research

f) to identify and locate people with dementia their carers/families, who are currently living in Social Housing, and Council Estates in the local area.

g) Look to identify Dementia Suffers outside these groups whose needs may not be served due to stigma, fear and Isolation at a local level.

h) “Reach out and Collaborate” utilising the knowledge and experience of other dementia support/ carer groups in the area/day centres etc.

i) Use advanced specialist coaching skills in “Compassion” to address isolation and create social inclusion, balance independence and safety for people with dementia their carers and families.

j) Facilitate a more compassionate attitude in those caring for the elderly especially those suffering from Dementia through, valuing the role of the Carer/ outreach worker/ health worker.

k) Develop and Deliver 1-2-1 and group Compassion Matters role play Coaching for Carers and families.

l) Develop and Launch Compassion Matters “Compassionate Mindfulness” “Play and Engage” for people with dementia and their families as a way of empowering, managing stress, and bringing carers/families close together to enhance health and wellbeing.

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

Some of the Key Messages of the National Dementia Strategy: "Living Well with Dementia" are to improve awareness of dementia, delivering a high quality of care and support for both those with dementia and their carers. This also includes explicit leadership for dementia care within homes, with the commissioning of specialist in-reach services from community mental health teams.

It is commonly recognized, Family carers are the most important resource available for people with dementia. However based on experience, we have to be mindful this responsibility is not somehow deferred to the family/ Carer/ due to an over stretched care and social system.
We recognise the challenges and much work will need to be done to identify and ensure sensitive approach on how we raise awareness “Compassion Matters” and to invite carers and their families, health and social care professionals to participate be open, responsive, champion and implement these initiatives. We as a new organisation will benefit and require input from others access to best practice, strategic expertise, funding opportunities. This initial phase of trying to set up with no funding is not only very difficult but very challenging, our dedication and commitment based on (grass roots- personal experience) of this issue drives us on.

2. Actions

  • Facilitate a more compassionate attitude in those caring for the elderly especially people with dementia and their carers through sharing

    Deliver Group “Compassion Matters Coaching” as a learning opportunity, through shared experience and to break down isolation and fears associated with care.


    2014 - First Quarter Update

    In progress

  • Develop and Deliver “Compassion Matters” Mindfulness “Play and Engage” at Community Centres and also at Care homes

    The programme is based on interaction and participation to support emotional and compassionate capabilities and connections, through play, music and exercise.


    2014 - First Quarter Update

    In progress

  • Raise awareness of compassion through "Compassion Matters" for people with dementia and their carers

    We intend to:

    1. Run “Compassion Matters” seminars to raise awareness of the importance of “Compassion” and “why it matters” based on the model of Paul Gilbert, Author of The Compassionate Mind-Professor, and Clinical Psychologist) ie', also raised awareness as reflected through staff training and usage of mainstream services.
    2. Deliver 1-2-1 “Specialist "Compassion Matters” Coaching for Carers with a particular focus on Dementia and role play.
    3. Launch Campaigns that raises awareness and delivers real compassion for example the “Take me Outside 4 health Campaign” in care homes and in local communities.
    Our programmes have been designed to empower and strengthen relationships that can only lead to greater resilience, strength and empowerment. The use of a Compassion Focused Model, that encourages Compassion of Self and Others, underpinned by research shows; "Compassionate Caring" is the route to preventing stress that leads to burnout and enables individuals, ( the Care Giver and its recipient) to become happier, healthier and more “resilient”, in effect” save money, time and lives”.
    The delivery of all CMS activities is supported by a wealth of real life hands on experience through caring and academically in dementia care. In addition it includes strong professional, management and Leaderships skills. Qualifications as an accredited Coach, MSc in Psychology and Health, a certificate in Advanced Coaching Skills at City University, Professional Dementia awareness and level 2 training as an Independent Advocate.
    We advocate better shared understanding of the different stages of dementia and also the differing types of dementia for carers and families and a move away from “one size fits” all culture and mentality. Part of this approach will be to work closely with established Care organisations in the area, to ensure sensitive referral to take part in the coaching programmes and also raise awareness that “Compassion Matters” in supporting those with Dementia and their Carers. We believe in times of crisis, this approach has never being more relevant. In the words of Pat Tulloch, Director of the Fitzrovia Community Centre.
    'At a time when modern welfare is being criticised as failing to demonstrate genuine care, the importance of this model is that it advocates “Compassion” as a core business imperative and places individual, value, dignity and respect at the heart of everything it does, and as such we are excited about being involved in the development of this new, innovative and much needed initiative'.


    2014 - First Quarter Update

    In progress