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Plymouth Dementia Action Alliance

The Plymouth Dementia Action Alliance (PDAA) vision is: to recognise the great diversity among individuals with dementia and their carers in Plymouth, promote their inclusion in all areas of community life, respects their decisions and lifestyle choice, anticipates and responds flexibly to their dementia related needs and preferences.

14 August 2018
South West
Local Alliances:
Plymouth 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?

The PDAA aims to achieve this vision by working with its members to meet the following objectives:

  • To establish and maintain effective and supportive communities through information sharing networks
  • To provide a useful feedback tool that would be supported by: Practical guidance, advice, awareness and information and training through workshops and annual awareness days for the both the workplace and the community
  • Ensuring throughout that the voices of people with dementia in Plymouth are heard and so help to inform the work of the Alliance
  • Reporting and Monitoring of the PDAA

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 the outcomes for people with dementia from your organisation’s perspective. For example, a Royal College might state the challenge is its members understanding dementia fully. A training body might say that there is no agreement on what a core curriculum should be. (Word limit of 150 words).

The main challenge is encouraging organisations signed up to the PDAA to ensure that being dementia aware and responsive to the needs of people with dementia and their carers is embedded within everyday policy and practice and can be maintained. Developing an effective monitoring process and the on-going sustainability of the PDAA is a challenge that members of the steering committee are attempting to resolve.

2. Actions

  • To consult and engage with people with dementia and their carers to understand their needs

    We consult and engage with people with dementia and their carers as much as possible to understand their needs and preferences through PDAA meetings, dementia conferences and focus groups etc. 

    Being implemented
  • Integration of the Dementia Friends project into the work of the Alliance

    The Dementia Friends project is integrated the work of the Alliance e.g. some of the alliance members are also Dementia Friends Champions and they deliver awareness sessions to colleagues in their respective organisations. 

    Also, Claire Puckey (Dementia Friendly City Coordinator, Plymouth City Council) delivers public sessions every month at Moments Cafe and Dementia Information Hub in Plymouth City Centre and sessions with organisations and businesses from across a wide variety of sectors on an ongoing basis.

    Being implemented
  • Research completed by the Plymouth University Dementia Group

    Continuing to utilise the research completed by the Plymouth University Dementia Group to inform and influence health and social care policy and practice and improvements in residential and nursing homes both locally and nationally (on-going)

  • Engaging with schools and young people in the city re: dementia awareness.

    Engaging with young people through the All Schools Programme launched by Stoke Damerel Community College, Plymouth to enable young people within the city to have an understanding of dementia.

    Claire Puckey (Dementia Friendly City Coordinator) is in the  process of offering a 'menu' of support to all schools across Plymouth to become more dementia friendly.

    Being implemented
  • Dementia Friendly Communities and Action Alliances.

    We continue to support and promote dementia friendly communities and play an active role in Dementia Action Alliances across Devon and Cornwall (and other areas when the opportunity arises).

  • Our People.

    We work with our staff associations and wellbeing network to ensure that any members of staff living with dementia or caring for family members living with dementia are supported.

    Claire Puckey (Dementia Friendly City coordinator, Plymouth City Council) suggests to all new member organisations that they consider ways to support staff who may get diagnosed with dementia, to remain at work for as long and as safely as possible and ways to support staff who become carers to family members with dementia.

  • Work with members of the Plymouth Dementia Action Alliance and Plymouth City Council to raise awareness of dementia.

    We work on an ongoing basis with various  members of the PDAA and Plymouth City Council on dementia awareness-raising activities and events throughout the year.

    Implementation, Delivery