The Dementia Training Company Ltd, Hampshire
The Dementia Training Company is based in Hampshire. We deliver training and consultation specifically in dementia care. We work with the statutory, private and voluntary sectors to deliver learner centred training and development events. We actively promote person centred approaches to enable those working in dementia care to develop an understanding of the unique experience of dementia from the perspective of the individual and their family and friends. More recently we have been inspired by the learners we have trained in the wider community as part of the Dementia Friendly Communities initiative.
- 22 February 2017
- South East
- Local Alliances:
- Hampshire Dementia Action Alliance, Dementia Friendly Southampton (Southampton DAA)
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?
By sharing the message that people with dementia and their carers can live well – by being respected, valued and supported. This message is shared directly within our training and consultation work. As an organisation we are committed to sharing this message widely beyond our workplace/s. We relish the opportunity and responsibility to share what we do, our philosophy and knowledge throughout our community in social conversation, contribution to meetings, presentations and other ‘dementia friendly community’ fora, and through working collaboratively across all organisations involved in improving outcomes for people with dementia and their carers.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
We are delighted to have established very close working relationships with organisations providing or commissioning care services for people with dementia living in Hampshire. As an organisation we feel that we have a great deal to offer to support people with dementia and their carers to live well. The main challenge to this is gaining access to individuals who may find our knowledge, experience and support helpful. By joining the HDAA we hope that we can contribute to and support the work of the Alliance and the organisations who are already members.
Dementia Friendly Environment
Ensure all staff take responsibility, in the course of their work – and daily life, for identifying spaces which are applying the principles of a ‘dementia friendly’ environment and congratulating the organisation for this and with the organisations permission, sharing this good practice with other organisations. Also ensure that all staff recognise spaces which are not ‘dementia friendly’ and take time to identify and speak to the organisations Manger or Lead to sensitively share our thoughts and ideas and sign post them to information which may enable them to make their spaces more dementia friendly.
- Being implemented, Case study
2014 - Second Quarter Update
Provide dementia friendly goods/services
All Training resources and materials will be provided in accordance with the principles of ‘dementia friendly’ practice. Company website will be constantly reviewed to ensure that its design appeals to wide range of individuals and is orientating and understandable.
- Being implemented
Appoint a Hampshire Dementia Ambassador
As co-directors of the Dementia Training Company, both Sarah Mould and Tim Forester Morgan would like to be nominated as Hampshire Dementia Ambassadors.
Involve people with dementia and their carers
The Dementia Training Company currently delivers several training programmes which actively involve family carers of people with dementia in the course design, delivery and evaluation. The stories and experiences of people with dementia are currently shared vicariously through the trainer or family carer. We would like to involve people with dementia more fully in training delivery if possible.
- Being implemented
Offer presentations/guidance/sign posting and information to support and sustain Dementia Friendly Hampshire
The Dementia Training Company will make their time, knowledge, experience and information available to Dementia Friendly Hampshire. This will be upon request particularly to support DFH in ‘spreading the dementia friends message’ as widely as possible. Each member of staff within the Dementia Training Company will join a DFH Action Group.
- Investigating, Being implemented
Dementia Awareness raising for staff
Ensure all staff maintain Continuing Professional Development activities to ensure knowledge and expertise is up to date. Also ensure that all staff maintain contact with people living with dementia and their carers in order to understand their experiences, provide support and ensure that we deliver their message sensitively and accurately.
2014 - Second Quarter Update