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Health@work

Health@work are an independent registered charity with over 25 years experience improving health, safety and wellbeing in the workplace. We were instrumental in the development of the Workplace Wellbeing Charter National Award for England which focuses on prolonging good health in and out of the workplace. We understand the challenges faced by both employers and employees with the increasing diagnoses of dementia and would like to be involved to support this in any way you see fit

Updated:
21 November 2016
Location:
North West
Sectors:
Arts, Businesses and shops, Charity, Clinical Commissioning Group, Community organisations, Health, Hospitality, Hospitals and Hospital Trusts, Housing Sector, Legal, Retail, Schools
Local Alliances:
Liverpool Dementia Action Alliance , Blackburn with Darwen Dementia Action Alliance, Bradford District 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 can support both employers and employees with guidance on Dementia and the workplace, including information for carers and flexible working. We also deliver a range of mental health training courses for both employees and for managers. We could start to include much more information on dementia in these courses. Or indeed do a whole new course focusing on dementia if there was call for that. We recently wrote a Topic Guide on Dementia as part of the National Workplace Wellbeing Charter for Public health England. They have decided to combine it in with the Carers in the Workplace Guide that we wrote and they are due for release in the next few weeks

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

There are really no challenges in us delivering new sessions or supporting dementia awareness so long as there is a call for it. It fits hand in hand with what we do in the grand scheme of health promotion. We work with hundreds of organisations every year in improving workplace health. We also have the contract to supply all the Health and Safety including CPR to the 93 GP surgeries across Liverpool so we are well connected and hope to make a real difference.

2. Actions

  • Staff training

    We will enable all our current staff to attend a dementia awareness training session. I myself have been on the Dementia Friends awareness course and I am just in the process of organising for the rest of our team to attend. There are only seven of us here altogether, so we pledge for everyone to have attended an awareness session within the next twelve months.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2016 - Third Quarter Update

    New Member

  • Sharing information to clients

    Sharing information about local services for people living with dementia across the areas in which we work. We work with hundreds of businesses, schools and GP surgeries across Liverpool. We share health and wellbeing leaflets and weblinks regularly so we will from now on include information on dementia awareness. Mostly the information we share is disseminated to employees on workplace noticeboards, intranet systems etc. By promoting dementia awareness we hope that 1)staff may remain in the workplace longer 2) employers and employees may recognise symptoms early on and support staff 3) workplaces can support carers with flexible working etc to help them remain in the workplace too. We recently wrote a Workplace Wellbeing Charter Topic Guide on Dementia for Public Health England. However, they then decided to change the topic to Carers and made it more general. But we are very dementia aware and are always promoting employers to show compassion to carers and people with dementia or other illnessses

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2016 - Third Quarter Update

    New Member

  • Staff Induction

    We will include dementia awareness as part of our future staff induction procedure, and offer time to attend training to make sure new staff can attend a dementia awareness session. That way, despite staff turnover our workforce will always have a good level of dementia awareness. This will help not only within our team but due to the nature of our work; it will keep our staff trained to a level that supports employers and employees who are affected by dementia

    Status:
    Implementation

    2016 - Third Quarter Update

    New Member