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Humberside Fire & Rescue

The Fire and Rescue Service area encompasses the 4 Unitary Authorities of East Riding of Yorkshire, Kingston Upon Hull, North Lincolnshire & North East Lincolnshire, and covers 2,261 square miles including the Humber Estuary. The City of Hull and towns of Scunthorpe and Grimsby are the main centres of population. The geography of the County ranges from the Yorkshire Wolds in the North, the Vale of York in the West and the Lincolnshire Wolds in the South. The Service covers a population of almost 914,846 people.

Updated:
6 October 2015
Location:
Yorkshire and Humber
Local Alliances:
Yorkshire & Humber Dementia Action Alliance, North East Lincolnshire Dementia Action Alliance, North Lincolnshire Dementia Action Alliance, Hull Dementia Action Alliance , East Riding 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?

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) serves a population of approximately 918,000 people with an estimated 192,000 people over 65 years of age. Nationally Fire Services have a duty to prevent fire incidents and the deaths and injuries associated with them. We recognise that this duty is even more prevalent for some groups that are statistically at more risk than others.

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service are currently working with responsible agencies and those supporting people with dementia to provide targeted and relevant advice to ensure they can live safe and independent lives. One example of this is our leading involvement in the Hull Dementia Academy which was set up in 2012.The academy which is the first of its kind in the UK enables professionals from across the public and private sectors to support individuals with dementia that they meet in the course of their work.HFRS has identified the need for improved dementia training for staff across the organisation and has recently completed dementia awareness training for all of its community based staff.

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

  • Inter-agency dependency, we currently rely on partner agencies providing us with details of people living with dementia, if this information flow was to stop we may have a reduction in our engagement opportunities with vulnerable individuals.
  • Poor understanding amongst staff, even though we have trained existing community based staff we still carry a risk of our operational staff being unable suitably identify vulnerability through dementia.
  • Identify relevant agencies, the challenge to identify those agencies working with people who have dementia and work with them to identify opportunities for a referral mechanism to ensure advice is targeted.
  • Local Authority Provision, HFRS works across four unitary authorities, this has in the past provided some challenges with regard to service provision and support mechanisms for staff to seek advice in relation to vulnerable adult care.

2. Actions

  • Identify and form fruitful relationships with agencies already providing care/support to people with dementia.

    Status:
    Implementation
  • Deliver optional higher dementia training to proposed Dementia Champions.

    Status:
    Implementation
  • Improve awareness of fire safety among carers involved with the support of people living with dementia

    We will improve the awareness of fire safety among carers of people living with dementia in order to ensure that they have the ability to maintain a safe environment for themselves and the people under their care. 

    Status:
    Implementation
  • Identify suitable equipment to help mitigate risks and work with the client and partners to consider provision

    Status:
    Implementation

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - Second Quarter Update

    In progress

    2013 - First Quarter Update

    New member

  • Provide eLearning package for operational staff to increase their awareness of specific needs of people living with dementia

    We will provide an eLearning package for operational staff in order to increase their awareness of the specific needs of people living with dementia. 

    Status:
    Implementation
  • Monitor effectiveness of all of our dementia plans

    Status:
    Implementation
  • Ensure all staff understand specific fire risks associated with this client group.

    Status:
    Implementation
  • Provide a bespoke Home Safety Visit service for members of our community that live with dementia

    We aim to provide a personalised Home Safety Visit service for members of our community that live with dementia in order to meet their individual needs and make our efforts as personalised as possible. 

    Status:
    Implementation
  • • Support the Hull Dementia Academy to deliver its priorities and assist in promoting these positive outcomes across the four local authorities.

    Status:
    Implementation