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Southend on Sea Borough Council

Local Authority

Updated:
26 July 2019
Location:
East of England
Sectors:
Local Authorities
Local Alliances:
Southend, Castle Point and Rochford District 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.Provide support and resources to enable Southendto maintain and build on our becoming a Dementia Friendly Community status

2. Provide Support and resources for Castle Point and Rochford in becoming Dementia Friendly Communities

3. Southend-on-Sea Borough Council are working towards becoming a Dementia Friendly Council through Dementia Friends

3.Working with a range of organisations and services to promote Dementia Friends, Dementia Friends Champions and Dementia Friendly environments

4.St Martins Dementia Friendly Garden – a dementia friendly garden designed for residents of St. Martins Care Home and the public

5. Providing community support to those living with Dementia and their carers across Southend, Castle Point and Rochford via locality based Dementia Navigation service 

6.Work in partnership with health and voluntary sector to ensure early diagnosis, information provision and support to enable people to live well throughout  dementia

7. Support GP's across boroughs to become Dementia Friendly via ISPACE accreditation.

8. Provide Dementia Friends sessions to all new recruits for Essex Fire Service, to support recruits as they undertake their role in the community.

9. Work closely with DIST and Community Dementia Nurses to provide a robust support network to those newly diagnosed, and those living with a diagnosis of Dementia.

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

Keeping dementia at the forefront of the many different organisations and services, when there are competing demands on finances and staff

Southend to maintain status of becoming a dementia friendly community and supporting services and businesses to become dementia friendly.

To support and encourage Castle Point and Rochford in aiming to become a Dementia Friendly Community also.

Creating and maintaining committed partnerships within the Southend, Castle Point and Rochford Dementia Action Alliance in a financially difficult and unsettling time.  

Member contacts

www.southend.gov.uk

Member website

www.southend.gov.uk

2. Actions

  • Extension of the DAA

    We have started working alongside Castle Point and Rochford to enable smooth transition through Dementia Diagnosis pathways and to work together to provide new services within both Castle Point and Rochford, to enable to the community to build and grow to support those living with Dementia.

    We look forward to welcoming members from both Castle Point and Rochford to expand our knowledge of Dementia and coverage of our local areas.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2018 - Second Quarter Update

    New action 2018

  • Southend on Sea to maintain and build on the status of becoming a Dementia Friendly Community and supporting businesses and services to join the SDAA

    Through the commitment and partnership working of the SDAA,  Southend has applied for and has been sucessfully awarded the status of 'working towards becoming a dementia friendly community'.  This status along with the ability to display the 'symbol' will encourage more services and businesses to join creating more dementia friendly environments for customers and staff. More Dementia Friends Champions are being trained to facilitate dementia friends information sessions to the ever growing number of requests.  We now have a further eight Dementia Friends Champions within our team, to accomplish this.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2018 - Third Quarter Update

    Dementia friendly environment checklist has been given to all organisations withing the Southend DAA. Support given to any organisation to become dementia friendly. Over 50 champions in Southend  

    2017 - Fourth Quarter Update

    We now have a further eight Dementia Friends Champions within our team, to accomplish this

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    working towards becoming a dementia friendly community status achieved.  

    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Discussion re action feasibility needed. 

  • Action focused DAA

    We now have a quarterly newsletter that is comprised of member updates, news articles of interest, celebration of events attended by the DAA and the agenda of the next meeting.

    We are now basing our meetings on future actions, so that we utilise our time together to get better results.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2018 - Second Quarter Update

    New action for 2018.

  • Keeping dementia at the forefront of the many different organisations and services, when there are competing demands on finances and staff

    After the very successful promotion and launch of the Southend Dementia Action Alliance on 17th March 2015 we have increased the interest from services and organisations in our aim to become a dementia friendly community. Dementia Friends information sessions and dementia friends champions are increasing across the borough. Regular Southend Dementia Action Alliance steering group meetings are enabling members to keep up to date with current achievements and future plans, sharing ideas that have worked well within organisations with each other and keeping everyone involved and included. The Southend Dementia Action Alliance has created joined up working with organisations to promote the concept of living well with dementia and therefore ensuring the concept becomes a reality. The SDAA now has 45 members and is growing all the time

     

     

     

     

     

    Status:
    Delivery

    2017 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Working in partnership with care homes across the borough to increase support for residents and staff.

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Workign towards becoming dementia friendlt status achieved

    2016 - First Quarter Update

    Increase in Dementia friends Champions in Southend to over 50. Asking organisations to look at their own HR policies to ensure carers leave is featured.  

    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    delivering and working in partnership with health care including Southend CCG and Southend Hospital to work towards continuity of care between Social and Health Care  

  • Creating and maintaining committed partnerships within the Southend Dementia Action Alliance in a financially difficult and unsettling time.

    Every organisation has demands placed upon them so this will always potentially be a challenge to keep the momentum going. Fortunately  since the launch on 17th March we have found that momentum is gathering pace and we are very hopeful that we can make positive strides with our partners in creating a dementia friendly community in Southend. Through the steering groups and bi-monthly updates from Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, members can share experiences, encourage and inspire each other to make small changes with minimal impact to service delivery.  As the Southend Dementia Action Alliance grows; members will be able to share and learn from each other the positive difference that being dementia friendly will have on people living with dementia and their carers.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2017 - Fourth Quarter Update

    The SDAA now has a dedicated member of staff: Cassie Searle, is our newly appointed SDAA Co-ordinator. This will enable support for services and organisations to be more readily available.

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Extensive Public and stakeholder consultation and engagement survey undertaken and results are now available

    2016 - First Quarter Update

    32 partners now part of the Southend DAA. Most recent addition is the East of England Amb Service. 

    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Partnerships increasing and including Southend CCG and Southend University Hospital Foundation Trust and the UK's first dementia friendly airport.