University of Surrey

With around 14,000 students from over 145 countries the University of Surrey is an ambitious, research-intensive academic institution that sits at the heart of a dynamic international network of prestigious partners in Asia, the United States, Europe and South America. Our four Faculties cover, Health & Medical Sciences, Arts & Human Sciences; Engineering & Physical Sciences and Business, Economics & Law. We are proud of our strong links with business, industry and government. We believe in using the knowledge generated by our world-leading research activities to generate real solutions to real problems.

Updated:
8 December 2016
Location:
South East
Sectors:
Communication, Other
Local Alliances:
Surrey 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 organisations role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

The University has a strong tradition of working collaboratively with the NHS and social care sectors and this puts us in a position to be able to respond to service development in relation to dementia.

We are committed to raising awareness, improving quality of life as well as challenging stigma in all of our professional preparatory programmes and CPD educational courses. 

Our aim is to ensure we build evidence-based practical ways of working with people with dementia and their families to enable them to live well. Through our partnership with NHS, social care and independent organisations we ensure the courses we deliver are responsive to the ever changing climate of dementia care.

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

Our aim is to raise awareness at all levels in the University of Surrey.  The skills needed to support people with dementia and their carers have not been a priority within professional training and education in recent years. 

We engage with a variety of different groups such as the Surrey and Sussex care partnership, Surrey Dementia training consortium, Higher education dementia network, Dementia Care Matters, 360 forward to ensure variety in our service delivery. We want to continue to develop opportunities in the clinical and social care setting to enable all our students to support people with dementia to live well. 

2. Actions

  • Dementia features in the wider agenda of the university – education

    To ensure that dementia features in the wider agenda of the university – education, staff support and activities of the members of the university. 

    Status:
    Planning
  • To build practical ways of working with people living with dementia and their carers

    Through research we want to continue to contribute to build practical ways of working with people living with dementia and their carers to enable and support them to live well at home for as long as they are able

    Status:
    Implementation
  • Develop core areas in the professional preparatory programmes

    In collaboration with the Higher Education Dementia Network we have implemented the HEDN core curriculum within our professional preparatory programmes to support and work effectively with people with dementia, carers and families

    Status:
    Implementation
  • To work in partnership with local health and social care providers

    The Health and Social care school intends to work in partnership with local health and social care providers in terms of enquiry into and educational reinforcement for the provision of evidence based care

    Status:
    Initial Scoping
  • Constantly monitor and evaluate the design, development and delivery of dementia modules.

    Constantly monitor and evaluate the design, development and delivery of dementia modules.

    Status:
    Planning
  • Innovative training programmes for developing leadership knowledge and skills

    To look at how we can take forward innovative training programmes for developing leadership knowledge and skills in operational managers both current and future.

    Status:
    Initial Scoping