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Community Dental Services CIC

Community Dental Services is an employee owned social enterprise and Community Interest Company formed in 2011 delivering clinical dental and Oral Health Promotion services throughout Bedfordshire, Luton, Suffolk, Thetford, Oxfordshire, Leicestershire and Essex. We combine a public service ethos with the innovation and dynamism of a business and emerged with a vision and a belief that being a competitive, well-run and profitable business is the best way of achieving social aims. As a social enterprise we are a business that trades for a social purpose. We have a clear sense of our social mission which is ‘Improving Oral Health in Ever More Communities’ and we know what difference we are trying to make, who we aim to help, and how we plan to do it.

6 October 2016
East of England
Local Alliances:
Luton Dementia Action Alliance, Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Dementia Action Alliance , Oxfordshire 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?

CDS-CIC strives to deliver better outcomes for people with dementia and has a patient centered approach to care with clinicians trained to provide empathetic and appropriate care.  We will support and influence increased awareness of dementia within our role as a healthcare provider both locally and regionally.

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

Challenges will include being able to modify the clinic environments where we are just tenants – here we will work with landlords to make what improvements are possible as outlined in the dementia friendly guidance.

2. Actions

  • Improve Dementia Awareness

    Hold the Dementia Friends Information session at our annual general meeting for all our employees.

    Tell other professionals we work alongside about the Dementia Friends program and encourage them to be involved and to join DAA.

    Provide a link on our intranet to The Appointment - Dementia Awareness

    Being implemented
  • Accessible services

    Promote our services as accessible to those affected by dementia.

    Ensure our literature and website mentions dementia applicable services and how these can be accessed as appropriate

    Use appropriate communication aids e.g. Easy Read literature as appropriate

    Being implemented
  • Environment review

    When reviewing our clinic environments ensure there is adequate dementia friendly signage

    Refer to the dementia friendly environment guidance when any refurbishment is planned


    Being implemented