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School of Health and Social Care, University of Essex

The School of Health and Human Sciences is one school from the University of Essex that delivers many services from both Southend and Colchester Campuses, a range of education courses, consultancy and research. We work with health, social care and third-sector organisations to continually improve the experience of service users, carers and those who work for them.

Updated:
24 May 2019
Location:
East of England
Local Alliances:
Southend, Castle Point and Rochford 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?

1. To increase the number of dementia champions at Southend campus so that we can spread the work of what it means to be a Dementia Friend.

2. For all new student intakes to have Dementia Friends awareness built in to their programme of learning so that when they engage in the healthcare environment they are more aware.

3. To increase dementia education through the health care curriculum.

4. For members of Southend campus to work in partnership with local activities associated with dementia awareness.

5. To seek funding to resource a virtual dementia suite to increase our understanding of living with dementia that would underpin many of our education activities.

6. To work with our partners in healthcare in the local community to improve provision and resources for living with dementia.

7. To engage in research activities that seek to improve commissioned services to support the needs of people living with dementia, family, their carers and those providing care.

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

Bringing dementia awareness to the forefront when there are already so many competing demands.

 Maintaining the enthusiasm for dementia friends.

Ensuring and maintaining partnerships for activities such as education and research within an environment where finance and business plans do not account for continual professional development or the need for research.

 Bringing dementia to the forefront of curricula development when there are so many other health care issues.

Member website

www.essex.ac.uk/hhs/

2. Actions

  • Increase number of dementia champions and dementia friends.

    Increase the number of dementia champions from 1 to 3.  Offer Dementia Friends information sessions through the curriculum and to staff thereby promoting an understanding of dementia and the benefits of having a dementia friends champions in each organisation.

    To attend regular Southend Dementia Action Alliance meetings and update achievements and plans going forward to keep everyone involved and included.  Also to ensure there is good cover for attendance of meetings and activities. To refer to actions plans and show how the organisation meets the planned actions.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2016 - Third Quarter Update

    new member

  • For all new student intakes to have Dementia Friends awareness built in to their programme of learning so that when they engage in the health care environment they are more aware.

    To timetable sessions on Dementia Friends on different health care programmes. Ensure it links in with awareness on dementia and preparing the student for healthcare in the workplace.

    Status:
    Implementation, Delivery

    2016 - Third Quarter Update

    new member

  • To increase dementia education through the health care curriculum.

    To ensure that dementia ins built in to the curriculum using Health Education England East of England guidelines https://hee.nhs.uk/our-work/person-centred-care/dementia

    All staff in health care must receive Tier 1 training in dementia.

    To promote and publish course on dementia (credited and unaccredited) run by the University of Essex and make it accessible on Southend Campus.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2016 - Third Quarter Update

    New member