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Darlington Borough Council

The DBC Carers Lead chairs Darlington’s CSSG, which has the following roles: • To lead on the development of Darlington’s Carers’ Strategy and Implementation Plan (CSIP), taking into account national legislation and policy guidance and the views of local carers, and to monitor progress on implementing it • To share good practice in relation to carers • To ensure that the carer voice is heard and is able to inform the development of support and services for carers in Darlington Darlington’s CSSG is a multi-agency group made up of staff from Health, Adult Social Care, Children’s Services, Job Centre Plus, the voluntary sector, carers and others as appropriate. The CSIP sets out what we need to do to improve services and support for all groups of carers in Darlington.

31 July 2015
North East
Local Alliances:
Darlington Dementia Action Alliance, North East Dementia 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?

Darlington Borough Council Services for People is responsible for providing information and advice for people with dementia and their carers and effective social care and support to those with eligible social care needs. This is to be provided in a personalised way tailored to individual needs. 

Providing effective support for carers is vital to ensuring that people with dementia are supported well and enabled to maintain their independence for as long as possible. It is also important to support carers in their caring role and to support them in maintaining their own wellbeing .

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

In order to deliver support as effectively as possible, staff delivering the support need to be aware of the impact of dementia on people with dementia and their families. Support also needs to be delivered in a joined up way between health, social care, voluntary sector and other services and carers need to be treated as partners in the process.

Identifying  funding is a particular challenge in the current financial climate. Therefore it is necessary to ensure that existing funding is maintained and utilised in the most cost effective way possible.

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2. Actions

  • CSSG members to undertake Dementia Friends training

    Training session arranged and attended by CSSG members. Dates of further training sessions to be circulated to group members who were unable to attend.

  • CSSG members to undertake Dementia Friends training

    Training session arranged and attended by CSSG members. Dates of further training sessions to be circulated to group members who were unable to attend.

  • To ensure that the needs of carers of people with dementia are considered when developing actions in Darlington’s generic Carers’ Strategy and Implementation Plan.

    To consider how all actions identified will impact on carers of people with dementia.

    To consider whether any specific actions are required in relation to carers of people with dementia. 

  • Carers Lead to facilitate joining up different strategic initiatives in Darlington that may support the development of dementia friendly communities.

    The Carers Lead is aware of ongoing work in a number of different areas which may be able to support the development of dementia friendly communities.  She intends to use this knowledge to achieve a more holistic approach to developing inclusive communities. 

  • Neasham Road Surgery

    To review our environment and consider how we can make it more dementia friendly.