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Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service

Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service

Updated:
28 January 2014
Location:
East Midlands
Local Alliances:
Northamptonshire Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1.    The National Dementia Declaration lists a number of outcomes that we 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?

Specific outcomes supported:

  • Services are designed around individual needs
  • Tailored support enabling people to live their lives

Nationally Fire Services have a duty to prevent fire incidents and the deaths and injuries associated with them. The national Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) also have this commitment and have recently launched a new Ageing Safely strategy. Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service are committed to preventing incidents and recognises that statistically some groups are more at risk than others. Older persons and persons with physical and mental health issues are among the high risk groups and therefore we welcome the opportunity to progress and develop prevention initiatives among these groups.

In working with responsible agencies and those supporting people with Dementia we hope to provide targeted and relevant advice to people with Dementia and their carers to ensure they can live safely.

We can do this through providing Home Fire Safety Checks and in some cases specialist equipment for reducing fire risk. This ensures that services and support are designed around individual needs. We also want to provide carers and support agencies with valuable fire safety awareness so that they can identify risks and recognises when risks are increasing. This supports the person with Dementia to live their life safely.

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

The challenge is to identify those agencies working with people who have Dementia and work with them to identify opportunities for referral mechanisms to ensure advice is targeted.

There is also a need to ensure that NFRS staff have an awareness and understating of Dementia so that they can communicate effectively with clients and carers and understand specific risks and appropriate ways to mitigate them.

Member contacts

Website

2. Actions

  • Identify key agencies

    • Identify key agencies already providing care/support to people with Dementia – by Nov 2011
    Status:
    Implementation

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Second Quarter Update

    In progress

  • Work with one of those agencies (NCC Dementia Care Team) to identify and develop referral pathways to ensure the existing Home Fire Safety Check (HFSC) scheme can be targeted to individuals

    • Work with one of those agencies (NCC Dementia Care Team) to identify and develop referral pathways to ensure the existing Home Fire Safety Check (HFSC) scheme can be targeted to individuals with Dementia – by Apr 2012
    Status:
    Implementation

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Second Quarter Update

    In progress

  • Provide training

    • Provide further training to specialist NFRS staff to enable them to communicate effectively with the client and their carer if necessary – by July 2012
    Status:
    Implementation

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Second Quarter Update

    In progress

  • Understanding fire risk

    • Ensure staff understand specific fire risks associated with this client group – by July 2012
    Status:
    Implementation

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Second Quarter Update

    In progress

  • Improve awareness of fire safety among carers, formal and informal

    • Improve awareness of fire safety among carers, formal and informal – by July 2012
    Status:
    Implementation

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Second Quarter Update

    In progress

  • Amend Dementia Care Team risk assessments take into account fire safety enabling risks to be easily identified

    • Amend Dementia Care Team risk assessments take into account fire safety enabling risks to be easily identified - by May 2012
    Status:
    Implementation

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Second Quarter Update

    In progress

  • Provide an effective HFSC with a carer present if appropriate to highlight any risks and simple ways to mitigate them

    • Provide an effective HFSC with a carer present if appropriate to highlight any risks and simple ways to mitigate them – start July 2012
    Status:
    Implementation

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Second Quarter Update

    In progress

  • Identify suitable equipment to help mitigate risks and work with the client and partners to consider provision of this

    • Identify suitable equipment to help mitigate risks and work with the client and partners to consider provision of this – July 2012
    Status:
    Implementation

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Second Quarter Update

    In progress

  • Monitor effectiveness

    Status:
    Implementation

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Second Quarter Update

    In progress

  • Further develop the programme for other agencies working with people with Dementia

    Status:
    Implementation

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Second Quarter Update

    In progress