Courtney Buses operates bus services across the Berkshire region as well as providing shuttle bus services for Corporate Business Sites. With a fleet of around 40 vehicles and a team of just over 90 staff covering the Maidenhead, Windsor, Bracknell, Wokingham and Reading area. Our modern fleet is DDA compliant, providing visual and audible next stop technology.
- 23 August 2016
- South East
- Transport Sector
- Local Alliances:
- Bracknell Forest 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?
We aim to provide a high quality service backed by knowledgeable staff offering excellent customer service for all customers. We are continuously aiming to raise the standard of what we deliver in response to ever changing demands. Our role is to ensure that all passengers can be confident that they can use our buses knowing that our employees are aware of their needs and are willing and able to assist with their journeys. In developing new courses for Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) we will incorporate Dementia Awareness training and deliver this to every PCV holder in the company as well as providing training sessions for office based staff.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
The main challenge is delivering the appropriate training to members of staff to raise their awareness over as short a period of time as possible. We need to encourage staff to put into practice the knowledge they have whenever necessary and to give them the confidence to act, given the short time that drivers have to interact with customers as they board the bus.
Attend ‘Dementia Friends’ training to strengthen their underpinning knowledge around the area of dementia.
A member of our training team will attend a training local session to enable them to pass on their enhanced knowledge to new trainees and also to existing staff through the annual CPC training.
2015 - First Quarter Update
To include in our driver training a section on dementia awareness.
Within our CPC course entitled ‘Courtney Professional Driver’ time will be given to dementia awareness training to enable drivers to have a better understanding of the needs of someone who suffers with dementia.
All current drivers have completed their training, new employees are completing theirs during the first six months of employment.
2016 - Third Quarter Update
All current driving staff have now completed our Dementia Friends sessions. New staff recieve their training within the first six months of employment.
The Company will actively promote the local Dementia Action Alliance and Dementia Friendly communities
Courtney Buses will promote dementia friendly approaches through internal/external communications i.e. Newsletters and websites. Publicise the alliance to other bus companies and industry organisations to encourage them to become part of their local Alliance.
2015 - First Quarter Update
New member action.