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Altass-Cheshire

Altass-Cheshire provide capacity assessments for professionals and clients, putting the client first, using expert knowledge and skills to ensure the voice of the client is heard and listened to. We provide training and support to staff/organisations to support the development of vulnerable adult awareness and prioritising. The organisation is led by a psychiatric nurse and a social worker who are competent, confident and experienced in working with clients and professionals. Providing expertise and compassion in a way that is inclusive and motivated to get the best outcome, without judgement.

Updated:
15 January 2016
Sectors:
Communication, Health
Local Alliances:
East Riding Dementia Action Alliance, Hull Dementia Action Alliance , Yorkshire & Humber 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?

We have chosen the 3 most relevant outcomes to focus on:

  1.  I have personal choice and control or influence over decisions about me.

On an operational service level we ensure that the person has a voice within their assessment and their wishes and wants are written within the assessment. We also ensure that when the person identifies a want/need or requirement not within the remit of the assessment that these are recorded and included within the summary of the assessment.

On a national and local strategic level we ensure that the person-centred approach is advocated for and included in all aspects of training for staff/organisations working with vulnerable people.

2.  I know that services are designed around me and my needs.

We ensure we are up-to-date and implement new research developments within our practice. This ensures that we are able to adapt the service in accordance with best practice and able to share this with clients.

3.  I have support that helps me live my life.

Within the training we provide to professionals we ensure that the details of person centred care are explored to support the participant in being able to follow a person centred approach and to make it real to the individual so they can really support people they work with to live their life without unnecessary barriers, supporting risk when appropriate and necessary to meet the individual’s needs.

 

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

  1. Keeping up-to-date with most recent best practice.
  2. Build on our credibility to professional organisations to support the work we do with people/clients, to ensure people receive a professional and good service, rather than using less competent service providers.
  3. Ensuring’s professionals we work with hear the message about being Dementia care aware.
  4. Ensuring organisations work in accordance with person centred care at all levels.
  5. Ensuring’s information and guidance is available and accessible to organisations/professionals we work with.
  6. Spreading the word to carers and care staff about support that is available locally and nationally.

Member website

www.altass-cheshire.co.uk

2. Actions

  • Keeping up-to-date with most recent best practice

    We will continue to develop our skills and knowledge by accessing the Alzheimer's society, Dementia Action Alliance and other relevant and recognised resources monthly on the internet and by meeting with representatives from these organisations. And become a Dementia Friend.

    Status:
    Implementation
  • Build on our credibility to professional organisations to support the work we do with people/clients, to ensure people receive a professional and good service, rather than using less competent service providers.

    provide packages of training using our accredited Royal Society for
    Public Health dementia training that shares best practice and shares the knowledge relating to dementia, capacity and working with vulnerable people.

    Status:
    Delivery
  • Ensuring’s professionals we work with hear the message of being Dementia care aware.

    Provide one free seminar to professionals per year. Focusing on capacity and supporting independence.

    Status:
    Implementation
  • Ensuring organisations work in accordance with person centred care at all levels.

    Develop all training using the focus on the ethos of person centred care and also ensure this is communicate with all care home staff we visit when assessing clients.

    Status:
    Implementation
  • Ensuring’s information and guidance is available and accessible to organisations/professionals we work with.

    Add the Dementia Action Alliance logo to our website with a link to the Dementia Action Alliance website and direct all carers and develop links with other Local and National organisations that are recognised by the Alzheimer's society and the Dementia Action Alliance and ensure these are profiled through blogs on our website.

    Status:
    Initial Scoping
  • Spreading the word to carers and care staff about support that is available locally and nationally.

    Get business cards and leaflets from the Dementia Action Alliance and ensure Altass-Cheshire representatives take these to all appointments and share them with staff/carers and professionals. Talk through the organisations ethos and developments. Commit to meetings with Emma Williams through the steering group or agreed meeting forums with Emma on a regular agreement.

    Status:
    Initial Scoping