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Bradford College

Bradford College is a further education college with over 23,000 learners, from across the globe. It is the fourth largest college in the country, and the largest provider of higher education outside of the university sector in England. As well as providing education, Bradford College also has close links with the local area. We sponsor local events and continue maintain and build strong links with the many communities that surround us. For example: We run open days, family fun days, and free educational events for the local community. In addition, the College tries to support community groups and enterprises and we have sometimes been able to provide free premises, free printing and other support services to these groups.

Updated:
10 December 2014
Location:
Yorkshire and Humber
Local Alliances:
Bradford District Dementia Action Alliance, Yorkshire & Humber 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?

1) To create a supportive environment whereby a person with dementia and their family/friends can feel safe and supported coming into the College.

2) Staff should feel confident that College staff and their colleagues have an awareness of dementia and will be supportive should they either be diagnosed with dementia or become a carer for a relative with dementia.

3) Students will have a better awareness and understanding of dementia and how it can affect people, thus helping to create a better prepared future workforce in Bradford and beyond.

Ways in which we hope to do this include:

  • Roll out voluntary Dementia Training to all staff and students (dementia friends)
  • Encourage students to take part in curriculum activities linked to dementia awareness
  • Develop an e stream about dementia to put on the college intranet  for staff and students
  • Involve people with dementia in looking at what our physical environment is like for them
  • Ensure the physical environment has appropriate signage
  • Work with reception teams to ensure all waiting area have a quiet space nearby and suitable seating
  • Ensure all frontline staff have access to Dementia Awareness training
  • Make staff and students aware of the SCIE dementia training units
  • Ensure staff are aware of how HR policy would support them if they developed early onset dementia or became a carer.
  • Work with contractors involved in the new building to ensure dementia friendly measures are in place prior to it being furnished
  • Set up a rolling programme to ensure that new cohorts of students and staff still have access to awareness training.

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

  • Enabling students to raise their awareness in vocationally relevant ways.
  • Potential costs of any specialist furniture or signage.
  • Time taken to roll out training and to raise general awareness.
  • Keeping up the momentum of awareness training in future

2. Actions

  • Potential costs of any specialist furniture or signage.

    Meetings are planned within the next two months with contractors prior to procuring signage and furnishings (and deciding on where they will be put). I have been invited to attend these meetings and to help make sure what is chosen is appropriate for a person entering the college who may have dementia. It also enables me to put a cost case forward for any speciality furnishings that may be needed.  We would also like to have people with dementia and carers to look at the proposals to gain their input prior to purchasing the furnishings.

    Status:
    Planning

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    New member

  • Time taken to roll out training and to raise general awareness.

    Marketing are currently putting together a series of mini information stories to be publicised to staff about dementia.

    It will highlight what College is trying to achieve in working towards becoming dementia friendly. It will share good news stories of what has been achieved to date and what we hope to achieve in the near future. On the back of this it will advertise free ‘Dementia Friends’ information sessions to be run within College.  It will promote our free NCFE courses (for staff) in Dementia Care and also Mental Health.  With the help of the marketing team we hope to be able to keep what we are trying to achieve in people’s minds while we start rolling out training. Responses from staff so far have been very positive and people are keen to learn more.

    Status:
    Implementation

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    New member

  • Keeping up the momentum of awareness training in future

    We hope develop an e stream to go onto the staff intranet providing the key messages about dementia and links to further information. This will be useful for new staff who may start college at a later date and can be included in their induction. This will help to continue to raise awareness.

    Links are being made with staff from all programme areas as we have been involving students in helping to raise awareness. Although it may not be possible to cover every programme area each year it is hoped we can work with areas on a rolling programme so we have involvement from a good selection of areas each year.

    Status:
    Initial Scoping

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    New member

  • Enabling students to raise their awareness in vocationally relevant ways

    This has begun and so far students from the College’s Film School and the programme area of Early Years, Health & Care have all been involved in learning more about dementia as well as producing work that can be of value to other students in raising awareness. For example the Film School are producing a video aimed at students telling them more about dementia. The Health & Social Care students have produced information booklets about dementia and the ways it can affect the person and also their family and friends.  They also held a ‘Back To College’ afternoon with carers and residents from Springfield Care Home, one of which used to work at College so was reminiscing with both staff and students about her time here.

    Other ideas still to be explored include: Working with Early Years students to produce information about dementia that could be used sensitively with children and their families. Also, to work with catering students to run a memory café.

    The idea would be to get every programme area involved over a period of time. Some areas will not be able to participate until we have moved into the new building in September 2014.

    Status:
    Implementation

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    New member

  • Implement the Help I'm Lost scheme

    We intend to roll out the 'Help I'm Lost Scheme' and have all frontline staff trained up by Sept 2014.  Anyone who has a 'Help I'm Lost' card should feel safe in the knowledge that front line staff at Bradford College, such as security and reception staff will have had training on how to assist someone who needs help.

     

    Status:
    Completed