Leeds Beckett University

We are a modern professional university with a 190 year history of higher education. With over 32, 000 students and around 2, 900 staff from over 100 countries in the world, we are committed to providing a diverse community and an exceptional experience for those working and studying here. We pride ourselves in upholding our values that we should be: inspiring, creative, purposeful, professional, enterprising and respectful.

Updated:
21 December 2018
Location:
Yorkshire and Humber
Local Alliances:
Leeds 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?

At Leeds Beckett, we are committed to providing a vibrant and inclusive environment that values equality and diversity.

Our activities in delivering better outcomes for people affected by dementia focus around four areas, support for our students and staff, research and enterprise activities, education and training provision and community engagement and outreach work.

 

We are committed to continuously improve the wellbeing of our staff and students and offer initiatives to support a wide range of wellbeing needs, including our Carers Network, which meets four times per year with guest speakers from local organisations. The network provides an opportunity for those who are carers to discuss issues affecting them, get advice from external organisations and meet others with similar personal circumstances. We have also recently formed a partnership with Carers Leeds who offer staff confidential appointments through an outreach worker on campus.

 

We have a portfolio of dementia related applied and biomedical research, and enterprise activity and will continue to grow these areas of our provision.

 

Content on dementia is included in many of our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes to prepare, in particular those going into professions within the health and social care field, to be skilled in working with this client group.

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

Staffing resources and time within an academic calendar may make it difficult to achieve our actions and objectives.

Research and enterprise work is reliant on funding/grant capture.

Space within academic curricula and current levels of staff knowledge about dementia may limit scope of delivery of dementia content across our education programmes and modules.

Staff and student attitudes towards dementia may hamper widespread implementation, uptake and commitment

Our estate and buildings may not be fit for purpose for supporting some activities.

2. Actions

  • We will raise awareness of dementia among staff, students and the wider community

    We will continue to host a range of  events and activities accessible to students, staff and the local community including: training/information events, Dementia Friends sessions, support for carers and research seminars.

     

    We will continue to embed activities to raise awareness of dementia into initiatives that we already run such as world mental health day, wellbeing week and carer’s week. 

     

    Have established a web and social media presence through which we promote dementia awareness. We also actively liaise with the University's communication team to identify opportunities to engage in external media activities that raise demetnia awareness and portray a positive image of people with dementia.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2018 - Fourth Quarter Update

    During 2018 we have

    - Hosted events and worked with local partner to raise awareness of dementia during Dementia Action Week

    - Established and grown engagement with our social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter

    - Engaged with a number of media opportunities to raise awareness of dementia

  • We will engage in partnership working with local organisations supporting older people affected by dementia

    Through building strong partnerships with local organisations, health and social care providers and charities which support people affected by dementia, we will continue to create volunteering and placement opportunities for staff and students .

    Status:
    Delivery

    2018 - Fourth Quarter Update

    We have supported links between students and local organisations to facilitate volunteering opportunities. This has included the Student's Union running a programme of students volunteering to read with/to people living with dementia in the local community. We have also offered students and staff the opportunity to volunteer on dementia related research projects in order to gain skills and expertise.

  • Embedding dementia within our teaching

    We have established regular dementia teaching sessions across a number of programmes within the University and will continue to deliver or support delivery of these.

    We will grow the reach of the Centre fro Dementia Research across the University including exploring opportunities for and potential mechanisms to embed dementia awareness across undergraduate and postgraduate curricula

    We have commenced provision of dementia training and education consultancy to support the development and delivery of high quality dementia education and training within the local region.

    Status:
    Implementation

    2018 - Fourth Quarter Update

    We have established regular teaching sessions on dementia in existing curricula across a range of health and social work/care and sport provision. Dementia is included as a core topic in a number of new or revalidated programmes.

     We have supported staff to identify dementia related teaching materials, design sessions and to access experts by experience living with or supporting someone with dementia who can deliver sessions to students.

  • Engaging in research and enterprise activties related to dementia

    We ill continue to expand our research and enterprise activities related to dementia through

    -         Submitting grant applications in the field of dementia

    -         Increasing our numbers of postgraduate research students in the area of dementia

    -         Engaging in opportunities for dementia related enterprise activities regionally and nationally

     

    We will disseminate the outcomes of our dementia related research and enterprise activities in formats suitable for a range of academic, practitioner and lay audiences.

    Status:
    Implementation

    2018 - Fourth Quarter Update

    We have submitted and had success in award of a number of research grants in the field of dementia. We have developed a range of internal and external networks that have supported development and submission of multi-disciplinary grants in areas such as physical activity, sports, media and the arts and dementia.

    We have 9 current PhD students conducting research in the field of dementia. A further 4 students have accepted places to commence their studies during 2019.

    We have worked closely with members of the lay advisory groups linked to our research projects in order to find creative and accessible ways to disseminate our research. These have included producing summaries of the research findings to give to participants, production of infographics, writing articles for pratitioner journals and presenting at conferences. We have further dissemination activities planned for 2019.

  • We plan to develop a lay advisory panel of people living with dementia and carers

    Involvement of people living with dementia and those who support them in student recruitment and selection, teaching and research are integral to the work of the Centre for Dementia Research and to the wider University. We aim to actively work to recruit and support the ongoing involvement of a broad range of people living with dementia and those who support them from the Leeds City region.

    Status:
    Being implemented
  • Provide advice and support for staff and students affected by dementia

    We will provide advice and support to our staff who may be affected by dementia through maintaining and promoting our Carers Network, offering staff training, signposting to face-to-face and online resources, through provision of information on our website and carers one to one sessions provided by an outreach worker from Carers Leeds.

     

    The Student Advice Service will provide advice and support to students affected by dementia.

     We will support Human Resources in their role in supporting managers of staff affected by dementia.

    Status:
    Implementation

    2018 - Fourth Quarter Update

    We reviewed our flexible working policy and considered its application to those with dementia and those with caring responsibilities. It was foudn to be fit for purpose.

  • We will offer regular dementia friends training for access by staff and students

    To make our University a more dementia friendly environment we will provide regular Dementia Friends sessions for staff and students. These will be provided annually as part of relevant awareness weeks e.g. dementia awareness week, our wellbeing week and carer’s week and on an ad hoc basis when requested by staff or students

    Status:
    Delivery

    2018 - Fourth Quarter Update

    We have provided a number of Dementia Friends sessions during 2018 both as open sessions during awareness weeks, but also as part of Undergraduate and Postgraduate course sessions.