LB Southwark

An inner London Borough

1 June 2018
Local Authorities
Local Alliances:
Southwark 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 Council Cabinet agreed on 18 November 2014 to formally sign up to the National Dementia Declaration, join the new Southwark DAA and move towards the borough becoming dementia friendly. This itself being part of a wider corporate programme to deliver upon the Council’s Fairer Future Promises commitment to make Southwark an Age friendly Borough and deliver a new Centre of Excellence for people living with dementia and their carers. 

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

The unprecedented reduction in funding to the borough in the coming years, the increase in demand as a result of an ageing population, and managing expectations.      

2. Actions

  • The creation of a Centre of Excellence for people living with dementia and complex needs.

    The council is committed to developing a new dementia centre in Southwark, which  will bring together the health, social care, and voluntary sector agencies offering assessment, support planning, and intervention for people living with dementia and their family carers into one place, to ensure greater continuity, coordination, and capability to help people at all stages of the dementia care pathway in Southwark. There will also be extra care for people with dementia on the same site as the centre of excellence. The centre of excellence will be a hub at the centre of the dementia care pathway, working to strengthen the range and scope of support for people living with the condition and the carers, friends and communities who support them.

  • Offering assistive technology and telecare solutions to enable people with dementia and their family carers to have greater independence, choice and control in their homes. The council currently offers this support free of charge to people with dementia.

    The offer of telecare/AT is being made via the memory clinics where people are first diagnosed with dementia to ensure that they are able to benefit from basic devices to keep safe. Training and support for staff in health and social care teams to ensure that they understand the benefits of AT and can advise and offer support to users/carers living with dementia. Increased investment in telecare services, products, and training. Developing a project on AT as part of Southwark’s BCF to ensure the whole system supports older and disabled adults, including adults with dementia to benefit and avoid A&E and hospital admissions and stay in their own homes for longer, with confidence, safety and support.

  • Work with NHS partners, community groups and people living with dementia and their carers, to develop a clear “dementia pathway” so the people can receive the appropriate level of treatment and support throughout their journey living with the condition.

    We wish to work with our partners to improve the dementia pathway in Southwark from people first becoming concerned about their memory, through diagnosis, living with dementia to the end of life stages, in order to ensure that both they and their carers receive the treatment, support and advice required to live well and independently for as long as possible with dementia.

  • The public library universal dementia offer, through which the library service will be more responsive to the needs of people living with dementia

    Future developments for Southwark Libraries

    • Information and advice sessions in libraries (especially those promoting Dementia Friends )
    • Supporting more staff to become Dementia Friends
    • Incorporating Reading Agency’s Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme into our existing Books on Prescription offer
    • Consider creation of bespoke collections – Memory Lane Bags (Nottinghamshire CC), Books to Share (Newcastle and NE Lincolnshire)
    • Consider setting up network of groups / meetings specifically for people with dementia and / or their carers – Dementia Cafes (NE Lincolnshire), Memory Poems (Gloucestershire), Memory Group (Devon)
    • Adapting spaces to be Dementia Sensory Garden (Southend)

    Extending loan privileges of Books on Prescription to items identified as part of a dementia collection

  • The delivery of its dementia training programme to health and social care staff

    Roll out of 

    • Formal dementia staff training programme to  relevant front line  staff in health and social care
    • Dementia Friends sessions for front line staff across departments  and to  elected  members 
  • To ensure that the new housing strategy to be considered by cabinet in the current financial year, addresses the needs of vulnerable people within the context of a rapidly aging population, including those who are living with complex long term conditions

    The council already has an ambitious development programme to support the building of 3 additional extra care schemes, which will be designed to accommodate the needs of future tenants who may be living with dementia.

    In addition a high level long term housing strategy will be considered by the council in 2015. This will identify addressing the needs of  vulnerable people  (including those living with dementia) as one of the four key priority areas. Once approved by the council, further specific actions in relation to  development of housing for older people and those living with dementia   will  developed,  informed by  further  engagement with older people and their representatives.