Buckinghamshire County Council
Buckinghamshire County Council is a two tier local authority with one County Council and four District Councils, Buckinghamshire also has 167 parish and town councils and there are 49 councillors who represent all parts of the county. The county of Buckinghamshire is estimated to have a population of approximately 522,693. In 2015, it is estimated by POPPI that approximately 6,826 people over the age of 65 are living with dementia in Buckinghamshire; this is projected to stand at 8,123 by 2020. Buckinghamshire County Council is committed to supporting adults with Dementia and their carers to live full, active and independent lives in the community.
- 31 January 2018
- South East
- Local Authorities
- Local Alliances:
- Buckinghamshire Dementia Action Alliance, Aylesbury Town 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 Buckinghamshire Joint Commissioning Strategy for People with Dementia 2015 – 2018 takes into account the needs of people with dementia and their carers and responds to the priorities identified in the Buckinghamshire Health and Wellbeing Strategy, national policy and current best practice.
The strategy outlines the following five local priority areas:
1) Improved Diagnostic Pathway and Rate
2) Dementia Awareness
3) Personalised Support and Independent Living
4) Pre-Crisis Support
5) Young people with dementia
The Buckinghamshire Dementia Partnership Board is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of the associated action plan. Board members include health and social care staff, Buckinghamshire NHS Healthcare Trust, Buckinghamshire CCG’s, Oxfordshire NHS Foundation Trust, voluntary organisations such as the Alzheimer’s Society, Age UK and Carers Bucks and also people living with dementia and carers.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
- Existing demands experienced by council departments leading to reduced time capacity in staff teams.
- Conflicting training priorities within departments compounded by time constraints as described above.
- Ensuring that dementia remains a high priority within the competing local health economy.
- The scale of impending legislation and financial changes within the council due to the Care Act.
- Businesses and communities signing up to work to become more Dementia-Friendly.
1) Establish a Dementia Strategy Board and Dementia Partnership Board.
Local authority and NHS commissioners to create a joint strategy board, with executive powers, to advise and make recommendations on the joint development of health, social care and related services for those with dementia and memory issues.
The Dementia Partnership board members will be responsible for identifying priorities, implementing the action plan and effecting change within their own organisations.
2) Develop and implement the Buckinghamshire Joint Dementia Commissioning Strategy and action plan.
Buckinghamshire County Council will take a lead role in revising and implementing the joint Dementia commissioning strategy together with local partners. The Dementia Partnership Board will monitor implementation of the Joint Dementia Commissioning Strategy 2015 -2018 and its associated action plan.
3) Community Dementia Support Service
Buckinghamshire County Council, in partnership with local health partners, are in the process of commissioning a reconfigured Dementia Support Service. This will be a county-wide service and will play a key role in signposting and informing people with dementia and carers about the various options available to them and supporting them through the diagnostic pathway if they so wish.
The service also includes a training and education element which will aim to raise awareness and understanding of dementia amongst local communities.
4) Ensure Buckinghamshire County Council is working to become a Dementia-Friendly organisation.
As part of the County Councils’ lead role in the county and our commitment to the Dementia-Friendly Communities initiative, our organisation is working towards:
- Delivering Dementia Friends information sessions to County Council employees, specifically those in customer facing roles.
- Identifying ways to make County Council Office environments more Dementia-Friendly.
- Involving people with dementia and their carers in implementing Dementia-Friendly communities.
- Working to develop a joint training strategy with key partners for health, social care, and people with dementia, carers and businesses.
- Providing information on dementia and available services and support in an appropriate format.
- Improving awareness amongst children and young people.
5) Support the development of 6 Dementia-Friendly Communities across the county of Buckinghamshire.
Buckinghamshire County Council with take a lead role in supporting the development of Dementia-Friendly Communities in three pilot sites and three DIY roll out sites across the county.
We will also support the development of a Dementia-Friendly Toolkit which will be created using the experience of the first three communities, and this will then be used to support and encourage other areas across the county to work towards becoming more Dementia-Friendly
To encourage all staff and Councillors to become Dementia Friends
The Town Council will encourage all staff and Councillors to become Dementia Friends, this will be done by requesting Information Sessions to take place at a time which suits Councillors.
To consider Dementia Friendliness in all decisions and services of the Council
The Town Council will, when making a decision and planning its delivery of its services will take into account those with dementia.