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West Sussex County Council

West Sussex County Council (WSCC) is the Local Authority for the people of West Sussex. We work closely with our District and Borough Councils, and Town, Parish and neighbourhood councils. We believe in strong, vibrant communities and are focusing our energies and resources on the three areas we believe will make the biggest difference to the lives of our residents and have the biggest impact on our County as set out in the ‘Future West Sussex Plan 2015-19’: • Giving children the best start in life. • Championing the local economy. • Independent for longer in later life. We want to help everyone in West Sussex to live long, active, independent and healthy lives whatever their circumstances. To increase financial security, independence, safety and greater healthy life expectancy.

11 May 2019
South East
Commissioners Sector, Education Sector, Emergency Services Sector, Local Authorities, Schools, Social Care, Transport Sector
Local Alliances:
Chichester Dementia Action Alliance, Bognor Dementia Action Alliance, Crawley Dementia Alliance, Horsham District Dementia Action Alliance, Worthing Dementia Action Alliance, Adur Dementia Action Alliance , Haywards Heath Dementia Action Alliance, Burgess Hill Dementia Action Alliance, East Grinstead Dementia Action Alliance, Selsey 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 want all people in West Sussex, including people from diverse communities, to receive joined up support that reduces the barriers between physical, mental health, social care and community based provision, where people with dementia, along with their loved ones are central to any processes or decision making. 

The West Sussex Dementia Framework 2014-19 sets out the joint priorities for the provision of health and social care for people with dementia with a clear vision that is:

to improve the health and wellbeing of local people, promote healthy life styles and raise awareness of dementia. for those people who develop dementia to be supported to maintain their independence for as long as possible. for people with dementia and their loved ones to receive high quality, compassionate support from people skilled in delivering dementia care. for people to receive timely diagnosis and good post diagnosis support.   access to the right information at the right time for people worried about their memory and those affected by dementia. to see dementia friendly communities where people affected by dementia can live in supportive communities, where they feel      able to participate in community life without stigma.

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

It is estimated that there are 14,000 people over the age of 65 living in West Sussex with dementia, and that this is set to grow by approximately 30% by 2025.  This growth is happening at a time of significant reductions in public sector funding and we are looking to develop new ways to support people to live well with dementia.

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2. Actions

  • We will improve understanding and awareness of dementia amongst our employees and partners.

    • The Council to facilitate delivery of Dementia Friends training by Dementia Champions to Council employees, elected members, Capita employees and partners.

    • Fire & Rescue service to develop a programme of dementia training for public facing employees.


    • Support for the roll-out of Dementia Friends training to our District Wellbeing Hubs.


    • Targeted ‘dementia awareness raising’ communications within the Council and across partner organisations and residents of West Sussex.


    • Promote the work of the local Alliances with our commissioned services, i.e. encouraging participation and membership.

    2017 - Third Quarter Update

    • Regular Dementia Friend Sessions for Council staff taking place with a good uptake.  A campaign to encourage more staff to sign-up for a session was run as part of dementia awareness week May 2017.
    • Fire & Rescue Service is in the process of developing a programme of face to face dementia awareness crews.  There are now at least 40 dementia friends within the Fire & Rescue Service.
    • All health & Well being hubs have one or more staff who have completed the dementia friends training and a few are supporting the Local DAA.
    • Various internal and external press articles and other communications have been released that help to raise awareness and provide information to West Sussex residents about where to go for support.
    • Promoting the work of the local DAA's with our commissioned services is still ongoing. 
  • We will support the development of our local Dementia Alliances.

    • Representation and support from West Sussex County Council at local Dementia Action Alliance meetings.


    • Provide an infrastructure for shared learning opportunities with Local Dementia Action Alliances and opportunities to showcase examples of good practice and learn from each other’s experiences.

    2017 - Third Quarter Update

    • Our local Dementia Action Alliances are supported by Council Representatives.
    • We hosted a Dementia Friendly Communities Event last June which provided an excellent networking opportunity for the Local Alliances.
  • We will support local people affected by dementia to live well.

    • Run a pilot to test Shared Lives as an alternative service for day support, short breaks, long term placements for people living with dementia and eligible for Council support.
    • The Library Service to work in partnership with Alzheimer’s Society to provide a programme of Dementia Awareness Days or drop-ins throughout the libraries.
    • The Library Service to provide a Reminiscence Collection on loan to support people living with dementia.
    • The Library Service to provide a Memory Management ticket.  This service is for people who may have difficulties remembering to return their books on time due to dementia or other conditions. There are no overdue charges with this membership.

    2017 - Third Quarter Update

    • The shared lives pilot is still ongoing.
    • Regular Dementia Awareness drop-ins taking place at the libraries.  Some collaborative work taking place with Alzheimer's Society to provide a programme of Dementia Awareness Days during 2017.
    • 'Reminiscence boxes' on sports, different decades and going on holiday are available to borrow and are being widely promoted by the library service.Work is taking place to extend the collections in 2018.
    • The memory management ticket is up and running and going well.  This ensures there are no overdue charges for people who are unable to remember when to return their books due to conditions such as dementia or brain injury.
  • We will ensure West Sussex County Council’s employees affected by dementia and those with caring responsibilities are fully supported and that best practice is shared.

    WSCC HR guidance developed on supporting employees affected by dementia and carers. 


    The WSCC guidance on ‘Support for Employees with caring responsibilities’  implemented consistently by managers.

    WSCC HR guidance and good practice to be shared with other organisations once fully developed and tested.



  • We will provide easy access to dementia skills training and resources for Council employees and those people and services supporting people affected by dementia.

    To develop a dementia learning & development pathway that is accessible to all.  The pathway will be web based and will be a rich resource for people and services supporting people affected by dementia to help build on their dementia skills.


    2017 - Third Quarter Update

    A dementia learning & development framework has been developed that can be found on the West Sussex Learning & Development website (https://www.westsussexcpd.co.uk).  The pathway is web based and provides links in training videos, guides etc for all those supporting someone with dementia.