South Derbyshire District Council

South Derbyshire District Council is working with a wide range of community partners to make South Derbyshire a better place to live, work and visit. One of the fastest-growing districts in the county it has experienced a 15% growth in population since 2001. 98,000 people currently call South Derbyshire home. The Council is also responsible for directly delivering a range of high quality services for its residents. This includes: community safety, housing advice, sport and community events, street cleansing, refuse collection and recycling; planning; benefits; and support; environmental health; and numerous other resident support services.

Updated:
6 February 2017
Location:
East Midlands
Sectors:
Local Authorities
Local Alliances:
South Derbyshire Dementia Action Alliance, Derbyshire 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?

South Derbyshire District Council is committed to supporting better outcomes for people living with dementia and their carers.

Supporting South Derbyshire to become a Dementia Friendly Community has been identified as a corporate priority for the council, thus ensuring that dementia support is considered at both a strategic and operational level across the organisation. The Healthy South Derbyshire Plan also supports local strategic partnership (South Derbyshire Partnership) work in the district. A key action is to improve awareness of dementia and support people living with dementia and their carers. South Derbyshire District Council is also committed to supporting the delivery of Derbyshire’s Health & Well-being Strategy, including the objective to keep people healthy and independent in their own homes.

South Derbyshire District Council has developed its own dementia action plan (2016/2017). Key aims include:-

Making South Derbyshire District Council dementia friendly e.g. by delivering Dementia Friend information sessions to all front line staff and service mangers.

Developing a housing offer that supports residents with dementia and their carers e.g. by considering the needs of people living with dementia and their carers within future housing strategy.

Providing information and advice about local dementia friendly service to Derbyshire residents e.g. developing a Dementia Friendly Community section on the SDDC website.

Supporting the South Derbyshire Dementia Action Alliance e.g. by supporting the voluntary and community sector to roll our dementia friends information sessions.

See the full action plan for further objectives.

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

There are a number of potential challenges facing South Derbyshire District Council:

Raising awareness of dementia across a large multidisciplinary workforce

Ensuring new staff are updated about our commitment to dementia friendly communities when they start working for the organisation

Competing priorities within the Council, thus need to ensure dementia support maintains a high profile across the organisation

Reducing budgets and shifting priorities across various departments

Maintenance of a team of local Dementia Champions to train Dementia Friends.

Buy in from staff, elected members and community partners at a time of challenging resources

However, these challenges can also create opportunities for strong collaborative partnership working, match-funding, joint ownership of key local outcomes and shared capacity to deliver against the dementia agenda.

Member website

www.south-derbys.gov.uk

2. Actions

  • Make South Derbyshire District Council dementia friendly

    Deliver Dementia Friends information sessions to all front line staff, service managers and elected members within the Council to ensure staff are more sensitive to the needs of people with dementia and to enable them to signpost to local services as early as possible. Recruit and train staff to become Dementia Champions to support delivery of dementia friend information sessions. Liaise with HR to ensure any new staff are invited to ongoing sessions. Apply for Dementia Friendly Community status

    Status:
    Implementation

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    133 SDDC staff have become Dementia Friends so far, with more information sessions planned for the coming year.

    2 Dementia Champions trained

    Booking process established with HR

  • Develop a housing offer that supports residents with dementia and their carers

    Consider the needs of people living with dementia and their carers within future housing strategyWork closely with health and social care partners to actively support and signpost residents with dementia and their careers onto appropriate local services Support housing provider partners to work towards becoming dementia friendly organisations

    Status:
    Planning

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Initial meeting with Housing Unit managers has taken place to start to co-ordinate housing related dementia support.

  • Provide information and advice about local dementia friendly services to South Derbyshire residents

     Map local and county-wide provision of dementia support services.Develop a Dementia Friendly Community section on both the SDDC and Healthier South Derbyshire websitesWork in partnership with the South Derbyshire Health and Wellbeing Group, local GP surgeries and the Clinical Commissioning Group to ensure we are targeting support to people living with dementia and their carers. 

     

    Status:
    Implementation

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Will be developed in 2017

  • Support the South Derbyshire Dementia Action Alliance

    Raise the profile of dementia across business sectors and encourage organisations to sign up to become part of the South Derbyshire Alliance Support the Voluntary and Community Sector to roll out dementia friendly information sessions across South Derbyshire Attend and support South Derbyshire DAA meetings and other multi-agency forums to raise the profile of Dementia Friendly Communities in South Derbyshire

    Status:
    Implementation

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Supporting the Voluntary and Community Sector to promote Dementia Friend Information Sessions throughout South Derbyshire.

    Attendance and Hosting of South Derbyshire Dementia Action Alliance meetings