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London Borough of Sutton Council

Sutton Council is a substantial purchaser/ commissioner/ provider of a wide range of services including residential care, assistive technology, enablement services , adult social care, children and families services, leisure, museums and parks, libraries, schools and learning, transport and streets, environmental, housing and rubbish and recycling. As well as this Sutton Council employs around 1,600 FTE. Given the prevalence of dementia in the population it is clear that a number of them will develop dementia and that many may be living with, or caring for someone with dementia. Recent figures show that as many as 18% of people diagnosed with dementia, under the age of 65, continue to work for some period of time following diagnosis and that 27% of carers of people with dementia also continue to work, meaning that employers must consider how to address the needs of people with dementia and carers, in the workplace.

19 April 2016
Local Authorities
Local Alliances:
Sutton 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?

Sutton Council’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia are:

• Work in conjunction with people with dementia and their carers to work with the services commissioned/purchased/provided by the Council to be accessible to people with dementia.• Provide a work environment that supports employees with dementia and employees that care for people with dementia to continue to work for as long as is possible

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

The challenges that Sutton Council faces in achieving these outcomes include delivering changes within a time of austerity and ensuring people with dementia and their carers have opportunities to help shape services.

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2. Actions

  • Engagement and awareness raising

    Set up the dementia action alliance as a special interest group linked to the Health and Wellbeing Board.

    Being implemented
  • Training

    Provide training for all frontline officers so they have the chance to increase their knowledge about dementia and provide/commission services that are accessible to people with dementia.

    Being implemented
  • Support for employees

    Provide flexible working arrangements for employees who are carers (including carers of people with dementia) to enable them to continue their caring role.

    Being implemented