St Helens Adult Social Care & Health
There are currently approximately 177, 200 residents in St. Helens (ONS 2014 Mid-Year Estimates). 49% of residents are male and 51% are female. There are an estimated 34,000 people aged 65 or over living in St. Helens (ONS 2014 Mid-Year Estimates). 55% of the older population are female and 45% are male. Based on data from POPPI and PANSI it was estimated that the number of people living with dementia in St Helens is 2,293. Based on information from GP registers, 1,793 people had actually been diagnosed with dementia, or 78% of the expected number of people. The proportion of people in St Helens with dementia is expected to increase from 2,249 in 2014 up to 3,631 in 2030. This is an increase of 61% and will be a key public and clinical health challenge in future years. The population in St Helens is aging. It is forecast that people aged between 65 and 84 will increase by 25% by 2037; whilst there will be a 69% increase for people aged 85 and over. This dramatic population change is likely to increase the number of diseases linked with older age, such as dementia, and may put pressure on existing services.
- 30 December 2015
- North West
- Local Authorities
- Local Alliances:
- St Helens 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 key Actions supported by the DAA include:
To improve the public awareness and understanding of dementia, this includes increasing the number of dementia friends in St. Helens.
To ensure that there are sufficient specialist professionals to assist and support people with dementia.
Dementia awareness training for all staff including provider staff.
Promote Dementia Friends awareness across public and private sector areas.
St Helens Carers Centre is an independent charity, which has a contract with the Council and provides a range of activities to provide support to carers:
Carers Emergency Card
Ensuring that people with dementia and their carers have equal access to services, providing opportunities to enable an active engagement in community life, and listening to their views, is fundamental to the Council’s work. St Helens Council aims to ensure that people with dementia and their carers are treated with dignity and respect by understanding staff in a supportive environment.
St Helens Council recognises that it can achieve more sustainable outcomes by working in partnership and using its community leadership role to influence others. It seeks to coordinate, support and harness the efforts of other individuals and groups that are working to improve outcomes for people with dementia and their carers. This progress is overseen by St Helens Health and Wellbeing Board.
We have a well established Memory Service and Community Mental Health Team who support people with dementia and their carers.
We have a Mental Health Advocacy service for people with dementia and their carers.
We have a number of carer and cared for groups within our borough and work closely with our Carers centre, Alzheimer’s Society and Age UK.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
Competing priorities in the face of continued funding limitations on public sector resources.
Building sustainability into any initiatives because of the continued austerity measures.
The Council’s role will at times be one of influencing others to make changes rather than being in direct control of the required change.