Derby City Council

Derby City Council is the local government authority for Derby, a city and unitary authority in the East Midlands region of England. It is composed of 51 councillors,[2] three for each of the 17 electoral wards of Derby. Currently the council is controlled by the Labour Party. The council is led by Councillor Ranjit Banwait. As a unitary authority, Derby City Council is responsible for all services within its boundary. Derby currently has a resident population of 248,752 with 37,669 people over the age of 65.

11 March 2015
East Midlands
Local Alliances:
Derbyshire 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?

There are an estimated 2,980 people with dementia over the age of 65 in Derby. By 2020 the number of older people (aged over 65) in Derby is expected to rise to 43,500. As there is a positive relationship between the number of older people and the number of people with dementia, Derby can expect to have approximately 3,358 people with dementia by 2020. Derby City Council and NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group have joined together to develop a strategy which sets out plans for improving services for people with dementia in Derby. The strategy is informed by national guidance on dementia care as well as local information specific to Derby. Progress on the strategy objectives are reported to the Southern Derbyshire Implementation Group. In addition to this we play an active role in the membership of our local Derbyshire Dementia Action Alliance. Derby City are committed to working together to support people with dementia and their carers to live well.

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

■proposed budget savings for a range of non-statutory and statutory services impacting on people affected by dementia and their families; ■provision of up to date information about support available; ■providing people affected with dementia with access to services that support their independence such as reablement and assistive technology; ■public and professional awareness of dementia; ■training and development of staff across all provider sectors

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2. Actions

  • Improve public and proffessional awareness and understanding of dementia

    Roll out dementia friends information sessions for the public and professionals including internal employees and those in supported housing environments

  • Good-quality information for those with diagnosed dementia and their carers

    Improve content on Council website to make it easier for people to find support

    Develop key contact cards for customers and carers

    Explore opportunities to provide more information at our 'front door'

  • Enabling easy access to care, support and advice following diagnosis and the development of structured peer support and learning networks

    Complete an evaluation of the dementia support service to understand the impact of the service


  • Improved community personal support services

    Ensure customers feel the homecare they receive is delivered by a consistent group of carers who meet their needs well

    Day opportunities for people with dementia are developed within our in-house residential care facilities

    Personalised assessment based on 'this is me' to be piloted

  • Improved quality of care for people with dementia in general hospitals

    Work in partnership with Southern Derbyshire CCG to identify training needs amongst hospital staff to reduce reliance on residential care

  • Improved intermediate care for people with dementia

    Develop 8 dedicated dementia reablement beds to support people at risk of hospitalisation, or who require reablement following admission

  • Considering the potential for housing support, housing related services and telecare to support people with dementia and their carers

    Assessment within each of our existing extra care schemes to identify opportunities to make the physical environment more dementia friendly, and to make recommendations for forthcoming schemes

    Promote dementia friends information sessions to residents within supported accommodation schemes

    Awareness raising about extra care housing to take place amongst hospital staff

    Opportunities to promote telecare at key parts of the customer journey

    AIM system to be trialled to assess potential for supporting people with dementia in the community/care environment

  • Living well with dementia in care homes

    Develop best practice guide for care providers to develop stimulating activities for people with dementia in care homes

    Explore training needs for care staff to support therapeutic activities and stimulation - focusing on distress reactions

    Develop personalised care plans - to include activities, interest, personal preferences etc

    Pilot memory boxes within residential home

    Explore use of kings fund dementia care homes self-assessment tool with DCC residential care homes

  • Improved end of life care for people with dementia

    Roll out finalised dementia/EOL toolkit to residential care providers in the city

    End of life action learning set for DCC residential care staff to incorporate learning around dementia

  • An informed and effective workforce for people with dementia

    Identify training needs of staff within support planning, enablement and assessment; telecare; and independent care staff to support long term care delivery

    Consider training needs around MCA regarding dementia for multi-agency staff