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Northumbria Police - gateshead

Northumbria Police serves a population of 1.5 million people and covers and area of more than 2000 square miles in the North East of England, from the Scottish border down to County Durham and from the Pennines across to the North East coast. Northumbria Police is one of the largest Forces in the country and is recognised as one of the top performing in the UK

6 October 2015
Local Alliances:
Gateshead 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 role of Northumbria Police will be to work with partners to identify people with dementia and to shape services around people with dementia and their carers.

By understanding the needs of people with dementia and their carers and ensuring all Officers/ staff are aware of the signs and symptoms to enable them to deal with people with dementia in an appropriate manner.

Being better equipped with information and a general better awareness of dementia will enable us to deliver better outcomes.

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

  • Obtaining knowledge on people who has dementia, and information relating to the individual. (Data sharing restrictions through the Data Protection Act)
  • Officers understanding of dementia and ensuring that appropriate training is given and maintained.
  • Embedding this work into existing duties or setting up a new project to ensure appropriate focus is given to the subject.
  • Budget constraints in the public sector and the impact this may have on what can be delivered.

Member website


2. Actions

  • Dementia Friend Training

    Each neighbourhood will have a proportion of Dementia Friends.

    Delivery, Planning

    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member action

  • Care Home Initiative

    Setting up an alert system with care homes so each home has a standard form on each person with dementia, detailing information relevant to police if they were to go missing.

    Initial Scoping

    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member action