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Co. Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service

Emergency Service

9 February 2016
North East
Emergency Services Sector
Local Alliances:
County Durham Dementia Action Alliance, Darlington Dementia Action Alliance, North East Dementia 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 fire service are working to improve how we work with those who live with dementia via a charter which clearly states our aims within this field. We gain access to many of the most vulnerable peoples homes and we have created a referral pathway so that if we encounter a person with dementia, we are able to pass their details onto the Alzheimer's Society. It is hoped that this charter will improve service personnel's understanding and knowledge of dementia and therefore increase the opportunity for affected members of the community to receive any assistance and improve overall wellbeing.

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

It will be a challenge to educate all of our staff due to the sporadic working patterns and remote location of some of our fire stations. We will also have to ensure refresher training can be delivered over the next few years to these staff and that new employees are given appropriate education.

2. Actions