Coventry City Council
Coventry City Council is the local government body responsible for the governance of the City of Coventry in England.
- 5 January 2016
- West Midlands
- Local Authorities
- Local Alliances:
- Coventry and Warwickshire Dementia Action Alliance
1. Action Plan
1. The National Dementia Declaration lists a number of outcomes that we 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?
Our vision is that people with dementia and their carers view Coventry as a good place to live well with dementia. For us, success would mean:
- Public awareness and understanding of dementia, particularly some of the lifestyle causal effects, is increased.
- People will receive their diagnosis of dementia as early as possible, followed by a comprehensive model of good quality information, advice and targeted support.
- People with dementia and their carers will have consistent access to good quality support, including community-based and housing support where appropriate.
- Support for people with dementia and their carers will be provided by a skilled and competent workforce.
- People with dementia will be enabled to maintain their independence for as long as possible and encouraged to participate in positive risk taking.
- People with dementia will be encouraged to be full and active members of the community.
Coventry City Council, working in conjunction with people with dementia and their carers, aims to support people to remain as independent as possible, through the provision of good quality information and advice, home-based support, and awareness-raising. We are a member of the Coventry and Warwickshire Living Well with Dementia Partnership, with the aim of achieving an integrated approach to dementia support.
On a local level, Coventry aims to develop and implement a multi-agency Living Well with Dementia Strategy by summer 2013, and to encourage organisations and communities to become 'dementia friendly.'
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
- Tackling local perceptions about how people with a diagnosis of dementia can live their lives. We believe that the principles underlying the personalisation agenda, including person-centred support and early intervention, have the potential to improve quality of life for people with dementia and their carers. Reducing stigma and promoting the view that people with dementia should have choice and control over their own lives is important.
- Ensuring that support for people with dementia and their carers is provided by a skilled and competent workforce.
- Maintaining and improving partnership working at a time when financial challenges in the public sector are at their greatest and structural changes are taking place. Coventry City Council is a member of the Coventry and Warwickshire Dementia Partnership. We are committed to improving partnership and sub-regional working to ensure the best possible outcomes for people with dementia and their carers.
Living Well with Dementia Strategy
Coventry is currently in the process of developing a Living Well with Dementia Strategy for the city. It is hoped that a coherent approach to developing an integrated strategy and pathway will enable people with dementia to have access to an early diagnosis, good quality information and a range of support services throughout their journey with dementia. The strategy will also concentrate on achieving the outcomes outlined in the national dementia strategy.
2015 - Third Quarter Update
Coventry's Living Well With Dementia Strategy was launched in 2014
This strategy is now being implemented through a multi-agency Strategy Implementation Group.
Coventry have developed a new set of actions for our Dementia Action Alliance Action Plan. These are currently going though our internal governance processes and are expected to be available in December 2015.