LCPT is a social care provider which champions inclusion and access to social resources for all the people of the region. We provide a range of innovative public services that are person centred and responsive to the needs of each individual. We have a 30 year history of developing new services in order to meet the needs that we have encountered serving the people of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland and surrounding regions.
- 12 January 2016
- East Midlands
- Care, Charity, Other, Voluntary Sector
- Local Alliances:
- Blaby District Dementia Action Alliance, Hinckley and Bosworth 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?
LCPT provides the Leicestershire Advice Service for Social Care and the Leicestershire County Adults Advocacy Service for social care-related issues. We provide advice, information and advocacy support for anyone with any form of dementia and their carers. We aim to support individuals in maintaining maximum choice and control in their lives. We work in partnership with other organisations to ensure that people with dementia and their carers are informed about the range of services that are available to them and to support them to access the services of their choice.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
In a difficult economic climate, in some circumstances it can be challenging to identify available, suitable and affordable services for individuals in their local area.
Challenges also arise in ensuring that individuals are aware of the information, advice and advocacy support that is available from LCPT when they are initially diagnosed with dementia, in order for us to be able to support them to live well with dementia from an early stage.
A further challenge is to ensure that all staff maintain up-to-date knowledge of dementia and related best practice, by focusing on the timely identification of relevant training opportunities for staff working in a variety of roles.
Maintenance and development of up-to-date knowledge base regarding local dementia-related services
To continue to develop our links and joint working with other organisations to ensure that we maintain up-to-date and comprehensive details of dementia-related services throughout Leicestershire County. This will allow LCPT's advice service to continue to provide a consistent, quality and effective service to people with dementia, their families and carers, allowing them to maximise choice and control in their lives by informing them of all the relevant options that are available to them and how to access these services.
Promotion of LCPT's services to people with dementia, their family, carers and related professionals
LCPT will continue to pursue and develop opportunities to raise awareness of their services (Leicestershire Advice Service for Social Care, and the Advocacy Service) to people with dementia, their family, carers and related professionals. This will be done through a variety of methods including: distribution of promotional leaflets and posters throughout Leicestershire county (e.g. in GP surgeries, hospitals, pharmacies, village and community halls, support group venues etc.); regular attendance at dementia awareness events; articles in parish magazines etc.; networking with other organisations, professional teams etc.; presentations to local support groups for people with dementia, their family and carers.
Ongoing training to ensure all staff possess and maintain up-to-date knowledge of dementia and related best practice
For all staff to maintain and further develop up-to-date knowledge of dementia and related best practice through identifying and accessing appropriate training as well as knowledge sharing within the organisation. This requires that all staff take a pro-active approach to their own learning and the identification of any gaps in their knowledge. This will be supported by team leaders'/managers' awareness of individual training needs and identification of appropriate training opportunities as well as the ongoing promotion of a knowledge-sharing culture within the organisation.