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North East Lincolnshire Dementia Action Alliance

The Dementia Forum supports the national and local dementia strategy through partnership working to ensure that dementia services meet the needs of the population of North East Lincolnshire.

24 December 2015
Yorkshire and Humber
Local Alliances:
Yorkshire & Humber Dementia Action Alliance, North East Lincolnshire 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?

The forum is currently working to support 4 local priorities;-

  • Ensure better knowledge about dementia and remove the stigma.
  • Ensure early diagnosis, support and treatment for people with dementia and their family and carers.
  • Develop services of good quality to meet local and changing needs to provide better quality care.
  • Commit to reducing the use of antipsychotic medication for people with dementia

This includes the development of Dementia Friendly Communities for people with dementia, their carers and families, voluntary and statutory services, businesses and the wider community.

The forum is also committed to ensuring that the voices of people with dementia, their carers and families are heard and guide the work of the Dementia Forum. 

The Dementia Forum is a partnership approach, based on mutual respect between statutory and voluntary organisations, and people with dementia and their carers with all playing an equally important role.

Members include;-

NE Lincs Clinical Commissioning Group on behalf of the CTP, NE Lincs Council – officers and council members, GP Dementia Lead, Older Peoples Community and Mental Health Services, Grimsby Hospital Foundation Trust,

voluntary sector services currently commissioned to provide services specifically for those with dementia (Alzheimer’s Society / Age UK/Independent Living), service users and carers. The Dementia forum Service User and Carer Group (once established) will provide a representative to act as a link to the group.

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

This question is to allow you to set out some of the key challenges to delivering for people with dementia from your organisation’s perspective. For example, a Public Transport provider might state the challenge on its staff understands about dementia. A training body might say that there is no agreement on what core curricula should be. (Word limit of 150 words). 

To establish and maintain effective and supportive communities through information sharing networks. We need to strengthen the governance of the Dementia Forum so we can effectively promote the interests of all people with dementia and their carers locally. 

To provide mechanisms to allow people with dementia and their carers to feedback on local health and social care services and also in the community in general.  

We only have a small amount of funding to support the group administrative function and rely on key group members, many of whom are volunteers. We need to continue to expand the membership of the group and include people affected by dementia and in particular volunteers to ensure the forum is kept fresh and outcomes and objectives are achieved and reviewed regularly.

2. Actions

  • As per Question 1 we have set up 4 task and finish groups to look at supporting delivery in 4 priority areas.

    In 2013 we will develop the dementia friendly agenda to form a local alliance as an offshoot of the dementia forum

  • We aim to continue to develop and promote the person centre planning – My Life programme locally

  • Appointment Reminders

    We will  send text messages to our customers who may forget their appointments, we will offer flexibility with appointments and ensure that we treat all of our customers with respect and dignity.

    Being implemented
  • Dementia Friends sessions to National Citizens Service participants

    We deliver an National Citizens Service programme each year where approximately 170 young people from the North East Lincolnshire participate in a varied programme of educational pursuits. As part of this programme we offerDementia Friends sessions delivered by our local Alzheimer's Society staff. We have delivered this for the last two years and created in excess of 350 Dementia Friends