Luton Borough Council

Luton is a Unitary Authority and serves a diverse population of over 200,000, with a projected number of 12,600 people being over the age of 65 by 2015. Approximately 35% of the population are from Black and Minority Ethnic communities. In 2012 there were 560 people on GP registers with dementia and It is estimated that there will be, on average 450 new cases each year.

Updated:
28 September 2016
Location:
East of England
Sectors:
Local Authorities
Local Alliances:
Luton 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?

Luton developed its ‘Joint Commissioning Strategy – People with Dementia’ in partnership with local agencies in 2010 and with crucial input from key stakeholders – including people living with dementia and their carers. 

As a Local Authority,  Luton Borough Council will work in partnership with people with dementia, their carers, health partners, businesses and voluntary and community sector to ensure that people with dementia and their carers:

  • Are placed at the centre of all commissioning activity to ensure that they have the support and services they require
  • Are heard, providing advocacy and support where necessary
  • Are empowered by putting systems and services in place to ensure they retain control and choice over their lives

In addition:

  • Ensure equity and equality in the planning, commissioning and delivery of services
  • Ensure that people’s legal and human rights are safeguarded, promoted and maintained
  • Commission services that promote and maintain independent functioning
  • Work in partnership and collaboratively across the commissioning community
  • Build quality and service into every service

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

The key challenges for Luton are:

  • Raising public and professional awareness of dementia
  • Providing and delivering appropriate training across the Authority and partner organisations  to ensure that all staff have the appropriate skills and knowledge to support people living with dementia and their carers
  • The need to maintain and improve joint working arrangements with NHS partners for commissioning and delivery of services at a time when partners are experiencing significant organisational restructure and economic downturn
  • Implementing agreed models of care in commissioned service including care homes, community personal support services for people living at home, in hospital settings and at the end of life
  • To make use of limited resources, including staffing and considering value for money

Member contacts

www.luton.gov.uk

2. Actions

  • Contribute further to the development of Dementia Friendly Communities

    Luton Borough Council will continue to facilitate and support  the development of Luton’s Dementia Action  Alliance (LDAA)

    • Establish a Core Group to provide leadership for LDAA
    • Hold Luton’s Dementia Friendly launch event

    Recruit at least 20 local businesses to the LDAA alongside other public sector organisations

    Status:
    Implementation

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member

  • Deliver, review and refresh the Joint Commissioning Strategy – ‘People with Dementia’

    It is hoped that a coherent approach to developing an integrated strategy and pathway will enable people with dementia to have access to an early diagnosis, good quality information and a range of support services throughout their journey with dementia.  The strategy concentrates on achieving the outcomes outlined in the National Dementia Strategy.

    With partner organisations to deliver, review and refresh Luton’s Dementia Strategy that covers the Luton Health and Social Care economy and take forward four priority work streams:

    • Early intervention and diagnosis
    • Quality of Care
    • Workforce training and development
    • End of Life Care
    Status:
    Implementation

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member