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JoCo Learning and Development

We believe in training and development that builds a better workforce and in turn ensures that staff provide a better service. As a consultancy and training provider we can work creatively and innovatively with organisations to ensure workforce development meets their own needs as well of those of their staff and their clients.We provide training for health and social care professionals including specialist dementia programmes and to all organisations who wish to become dementia friendly.

6 April 2017
East Midlands
Education Sector
Local Alliances:
Nottinghamshire 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?

JoCo will work with individuals and organisations to turn the outcomes in the National Dementia Declaration into realities:-


Support local organisations and communities to become dementia friendly·        Provide a wide range of training and support services to promote greater awareness and understanding of dementia·      Encourage creative, innovative and person centred solutions for people with dementia and their carers·        Provide practical, common sense approaches to deliver real change in local communities·        Challenge stigma and social isolation experienced by those with dementia by promoting access to local services with trained and knowledgeable staff·        Actively seeking to engage with seldom heard groups to ensure their needs and aspirations are identified and met wherever possible







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

As a small independent organization the challenges for JoCo will include:-

Access to more key stakeholders with the ability and the influence to recognise and respond to the challenges using our innovative learning resources.  Competing for limited funding opportunites.  Maximising  awareness of the resources available. Overcoming societal prejudice particularly, apathy, ignorance, fear and inertia around creative, personalised and innovative approaches to dementia support. This is key to helping people to see the individual first, not the illness.


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2. Actions

  • Raising awareness and supporting Dementia Friendly Organisations

    Dementia training - for healthcare and social care staff, volunteers and family carers.  Our training is underpinned by person centred and relationship focussed values in order to improve the quality of life of people with dementia and their families. Training will remain up to date and mapped to National training standards and QCF Standards. 

    Dementia Friendly Organisations -  support businesses large and small from all sectors to make a positive impact on this local and global issue. Using a wealth of personal experience, healthcare, social care and corporate business experience, our approach focusses on aligning dementia strategy with corporate aims and objectives. This enables organisations to understand the financial, customer and employee cases for becoming dementia friendly. 

    Dementia Friends Champions - work as volunteers to raise awareness of Dementia and to challenge stigma in our communities. People with dementia can live well and we aim to promote understanding of the small changes that everyone can make to enable this.

    Research - All of our resources and materials are evidence based and we ensure that we participate in research with other organisations such as the Institiute of Mental Health (University of Nottingham) on projects that are about person centredness and  improving quality of life.   

    Innovation - As a result of research we aim to encourage creative, innovative and person centred solutions for people with dementia and their carers. We aim to actively engage with seldom heard groups to ensure their needs and aspirations are identified and met wherever possible. This period we will have a keen focus on promoting awareness of personalised Assistive Technology. 

    Music  in Dementia - promoting the use of personalised music in dementia care has become a strong focus for our organisation. We aim to continue to support the use of music in care through educational and awareness raising programmes. With a now published resource we hope to make it more accessible to people living with dementia and their Carers (family and professional) by working with community groups and organisations including charities, businesses and key stakeholders. 

    Being implemented

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    Dementia Training - we have been delivering specialist dementia training in the County, focussed on developing (1) person centred care (2) personalised music in care (3) understanding & improving nutrition and hydration in dementia care (4) improving dining environments. Our Head of L&D won the East Midlands Great British Care Award for training and was also a finalist in the National round of the awards. 

    Dementia Friends Champions - we continue to have two volunteers for  the Alzheimer's society as dementia friends. Number of friends this quarter TBC

    Research - we completed  A small study with a local care home evaluating the use of 'soundtrack to my life' a personalised approach to using music with people with dementia. Although a very small sample group was used the results were very positive. Also it was a positive experience for the team who were engaged in 'self-evaluation' activities for the first time. This will be presented as a small case study at a seminar at the Institute of Mental Health on 11th May 2017  11.30am - 12.30pm in Room A08. All welcome. 

    Innovation - JoCo Learning and Development have been working with a 'Bendigo' local company that is developing Assistive Technology for people with dementia. Key aims are to ensure that it is fully integrated, personalised, intelligent and responsive and supports people to remain at home safer for longer. JoCo views education and awareness raising of Assistive Technology as an important part of its Learning & development remit. Bendigo won the East Midlands Great British Care Award for Innovation and was also a finalist in the National round of the awards. 

    Music in dementia - JoCo has been at the forefront of establishing the Music in Dementia Network (MiD) for the whole of Nottinghamshire. Having established 'soundtrack to my life' we wanted to be part of a network of likeminded people, create conversation, raise awareness and promote music practice as part of dementia care. Thanks to Professor Justine Schneider, IMH and University of Nottingham, MiD is now has 'Managed Innovation Network' status under the auspice of the university.