Aesop Consortium

We are a group of professionals experienced in social care, health and housing running national programmes of policy implementation and service improvement. We have extensive collective experience as practitioners, managers and commissioners and our forte is working with whole health and care systems to fix problems, find new ways of working and deliver efficiencies. AESOP is currently working with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Social Care Institute of Excellence, Association of Directors of Adult Social Services and North Yorkshire Adult Social Care. Our core offer is to provide challenge and advice to local health and social care systems seeking to reform or improve services, with a particular focus on achieving excellence in services for older people. We offer a bespoke support programmes to achieve improved outcomes for the local system, patients and service users.

3 September 2016
Health, Care
Local Alliances:
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?

AESOP Consortium has conducted several projects researching into whether specific communities can become more dementia-friendly. At present these include the City of York, Hampshire, Sheffield and Liverpool Hope University. All of this research has started with people's experiences of the services received post-diagnosis and the quality of their life in their communities (geographic or themed) both pre and post-diagnosis.  People's voices have been at the heart of what we have explored and our reports have attempted to translate their ambitions for themselves and their chosen lifestyles into a change programme for key stakeholders in those communities to respond in ways that give people a better quality of life.  We have learnt that it is the daily attrition of dealing with everyday things that causes the most anxiety and we firmly believe that responses therefore need to be community-wide not simply health, or health and social care.  More importantly these wider stakeholders need to engage with people with dementia and their carers as ‘assets’, significant contributors to their community, perhaps as they always have been, rather than to compensate them for what they can no longer do. 

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

 As a change management consortium, we are also working as a research and development organisation. We are often commissioned by providers of service who, though willing to learn and embrace an improvement culture, are often also concerned to preserve the status-quo. Whilst they may be working on behalf of people with dementia, and also their carers, their priorities as statutory or commercial organisations may militate against delivering the sorts of services, or changes to services, that their clients have identified as most important.  AESOP Consortium will always be the champion of the people who are the users of service who will be placed at the centre of service design, review and implementation.

2. Actions

  • Aesop Consortium Learning Programme

    Following our work on developing dementia-friendly communities, we have developed a learning programme in conjunction with The Open Channel that is intended to be used across whole systems to enable change to becoming more dementia friendly.  Along with other key partners in this area of work, we are offering an accelerated learning programme that combines more traditional learning sets approaches with the provision of expertise via master-classes, seeing-is-believing visits and conferences. 

    We acknowledge the many excellent user-led and local initiatives that are emerging but have also identified that without these being stitched into the wider tapestry at strategic level across communities, change may not be sustainable nor widely-enough spread.  This programme is now in its second year of operation and has helped several areas rise to the Prime Minister’s Challenge and will continue beyond, for as long as there is a need to address the relational and partnering approaches needed to provide a more coherent and integrated response to meeting the expectations of people with dementia.


    2015 - First Quarter Update

    We are now in the second generation of our learning programme, having worked with 8 sites which are striving to become and remain dementia-friendly environments. We use the well-established principle of applying the Four Cornerstones of Place, People, Resources and Networks to hold people with dementia (and their families and carers) at the heart of every consideration to do with enabling people to continue to live the life they want to lead for as long as possible.