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Health Education Thames Valley

Health Education Thames Valley is the Local Education and Training Board (LETB) for Thames Valley covering Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. Our vision is to ensure the delivery of effective workforce planning and excellent education and training. Through this our aim is to develop a highly capable, flexible and motivated workforce that will deliver improvements to those living with dementia, their families and carers.

1 December 2014
South East
Local Alliances:
West Berkshire Dementia Action Alliance, Reading Dementia Action Alliance, Wokingham Borough DAA, Oxfordshire Dementia Action Alliance, Bracknell Forest 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?

The overarching aim is providing education, training and workforce to support integrated care to those living with dementia. The role of Health Education Thames Valley (HETV) is to support implementation of the Health Education England (HEE) national mandate for dementia awareness training to deliver high quality, effective and compassionate care and to develop people with the right skills and the right values.  This will improve the care and experience for people living with dementia, their families and carers.  HETV delivers the following:

  • Implementing training of Tier 1 of the dementia training roll-out plan, planning for the future requirements of Tier 2 and 3 to deliver national outcomes.
  • Developing a process for communication, managing and reporting training data to increase the uptake of Tier 1 Dementia Awareness Training.
  • Establishing the Dementia Academic Action Group (DAAG) which represents four universities who are currently scoping and researching regional education and training. They will develop bespoke packages of education and training in all sectors and settings, to meet the national HEE mandate requirement for Tiers 1 and, 2 which will inform Tier 3 training.
  • Working in partnership with local healthcare providers, the public and the voluntary sectors, to ensure strategic partnerships, delivering consistent standards of appropriate dementia education and training.
  • Creating a ‘Dementia Leads monthly forum’ where Local Dementia Leads can present and disseminate best practice.
  • Facilitating research undertaken by HEE, Academic Health Science Network and supporting dementia Education.
  • Supporting a Consultant Practitioner Trainee programme that will develop clinical leaders to work with people who live with frailty and dementia.
  • To actively support the Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friends initiative within HETV, delivering dementia friends’ information sessions to all internal staff, signposting them to the Dementia Friends website.

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

The specific challenges delivering these outcomes from the perspective of HETV  are as follows:

  • Maintaining accurate up to date records of Dementia Leads in the region while some organisations are undergoing transformational programmes.
  • Acquiring accurate returns of training uptake from the different organisations.
  • Ensuring regional organisations’ ability to release staff to undertake training.
  • Identifying and managing funding within regional care in hospitals to provide a local Dementia Lead.
  • Clarification of defined measurable national and local competencies.
  • Developing measurable competencies which are transferable to all care settings.
  • To ensure appropriate numbers of staff to facilitate roll out of competencies once developed, and to embed best practice and evaluate outcomes.
  • Engaging stakeholders to ensure that available education and training is utilised. 
  • To ensure all HEIs incorporate dementia care training into their undergraduate programes.

2. Actions

  • HETV are working with care providers to develop measurable local competencies that can support HEE national mandate which are transferable to all care settings.

    • Facilitating surveys by researchers who are developing curriculum standards to support dementia Education.

    • Commissioning the Higher Education Institutions to identify and deliver packages of education and training for all sectors and setting to meet dementia education.

    • To maintain current links already established by the HETV partnership council to strengthen collaborative and supportive partnerships to ensure that good dementia care practice is disseminated and shared.


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  • HETV are working closely with care providers to support local and national dementia education and workforce development.

    • Liaising with patient representative groups to partake in monthly forum meetings with regional dementia Leads, to ensure the voices of those living with Dementia, their families and carers are in the room and directing regional and national dementia education and training.

    • Raising awareness of available E-learning packages that will meet Tier 1 dementia awareness training.

    • Supporting development of Clinical Simulation Training with an emphasis on multi professional Human Factors Training, Faculty Development and remote learning.

    • Working collaboratively with partners across the region, including Public Health England, Strategic Clinical Network, Academic Heath Science Network, in order to share our learning and success and capture best practice.

    • Facilitating a regional dementia trainer forum to share best practice and discuss challenges.

    • Supporting and commissioning dementia education and training to increase understanding and development of knowledge and skills in dementia care, encouraging DAAG to deliver research and development of education and dementia training packages

    • Working with the providers of health and social care training to ensure delivery of dementia training in all undergraduate training.

    • To provide training that enables the workforce to be equipped to deliver integrated services across all settings, to fulfill the HEE mandate to deliver high quality, effective and compassionate care and to develop people with the right skills and the right values.



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  • HETV are working to maintain accurate records on the workforce who have received dementia training.

    • HETV are working at a national level with HEE to develop a template for data return collection.

    • To scope, collate and support the delivery of dementia education and training in the Thames Valley region.

    • Facilitating educational and dementia leads from organisations providing NHS care to benchmark their current awareness training against Tier 1 learning outcomes.

    •  To enable identification of workforce numbers who have already achieved Tier 1 dementia awareness training.

    • Ensure plans are in place to implement dementia awareness training including E-learning modules, and to monitor and evaluate outcomes.

    • Work with HEE and the 13 LETB’s in consensus groups to support development of tier 2 and tier 3 training.

    • Introduce a standardised training return template across Thames Valley by   facilitating Dementia Leads in hospital care to understand the HEE reporting template, to review and accurately report quarterly authorised auditable quality training data returns.

    • Through national reporting, HETV is demonstrating regional achievement against national targets, in order to maintain quarterly progress.


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