East Kent College
Further education college offering courses in many areas. Our department concentrates on Health and Social Care qualifications. East Kent College is committed to developing the prosperity and well-being of the communities it serves.
- 25 November 2015
- South East
- Local Alliances:
- Thanet Dementia Action Alliance, Kent 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?
East Kent College Health and Social Care Team are working with young people that wish to develop as carers, nurses and health professionals.
We need all staff and students to understand about dementia and the needs of both patients and carers. We have young carers within our student cohort that need support and advice and we constantly have visitors onsite- including the elderly that utilise the commercial restaurant and hair salon once a week.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
We need to encourage all students across the college to show interest in learning about social care issues rather than just the area that they are studying in. Staff also need to have the time to attend sessions so they can support any possible visitors to the college that may have dementia. One of the challenges is cost and time, but the college has built into its academic calendar time for staff training, so this time is utilised.
Dementia Friends Training for all staff members in Health and Social Care team, a large proportion of EKC staff and all enrolled Health and Social Care Students.
As a department we plan to educate all our health and social care students about Dementia Care, alongside this we have two staff members that are Dementia Champions, they plan to put their roles into use at a Staff Improvement Day in May where they plan to educate a large proportion of staff about dementia care practice, particular customer facing roles such as reception and support services.
This will not only enable those to understand dementia care but also to recognise the signs and how to support within their own families.
- Implementation, Planning
New curriculum offer of specialised Dementia Care Apprenticeship to the local businesses that we work with.
We are about to launch a new dementia care apprenticeship to our offer, this is from feedback from local employers that they are getting more referrals of dementia patients. This will allow each health and social care workplace to have a specialist trained member of staff who can lead and support other staff to understand the diverse needs of Dementia.