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Suffolk New College

Suffolk New College Suffolk New College is a general further education college situated in Ipswich, Suffolk. The college has around 5000 learners, of whom 2,250 follow a full-time study programme. The College offers part-time provision for adult learners, as well as a thriving apprenticeship programme. It also offers Leisure Learning programmes and Higher Education. A key role of the College is to provide students with the right skills and attributes to increase their employability. The College has good destinations for learners who progress to university, employment, apprenticeships and volunteering. Suffolk New College has strong links to many community organisations and works with them to contribute to local community aspirations.

Updated:
2 June 2017
Location:
East of England
Sectors:
Education Sector
Local Alliances:
Ipswich 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?

 We will create a supportive environment in which a person with dementia and their family/friends can feel safe and supported within the College.

We will raise awareness of dementia with students and the impact that it can have.  This will help to create a better-prepared future workforce in the surrounding local area.  We will do this through a number of actions:

 

Through tutorials as part of the full-time study programme

 

Through visual display and communications

 

Through specialist and more in-depth teaching, where relevant – for example Health and Social Care programmes

 

Through training for students who are engaged in our ‘Kissing It Better’ project, which links students with patients in the NHS system, providing services as part of visits to hospitals: for example hair and beauty

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

What are the challenges?

 

Setting up the visual and communication messages

 

Continuing to roll-out training for students and staff

 

Refreshing the above with each new annual cohort of students

 

Ensuring that the initiative is ‘whole college’ – Teaching and business support teams, and Learning Support Assistants.

 

Including students from Apprenticeships, and Higher Education as well as full-time Study Programme Students

 

 

To date 120 students have undergone the Dementia Friends training

 

 We will raise awareness with staff in order to help facilitate supportive interaction between people with dementia/their families and friends and make their experience in college an enjoyable one.

 

We will encourage staff to access the Dementia Friends and Dementia Champion Training. 

 

The Chair of Governors has undergone Dementia Champion Training and will contribute to awareness raising and dissemination.

Member website

www.suffolk.ac.uk

2. Actions

  • Raising Awareness

    We will raise awareness with staff in order to help facilitate supportive interaction between people with dementia/their families and friends and make their experience in college an enjoyable one.

     

    We will encourage staff to access the Dementia Friends and Dementia Champion Training. 

     

    The Chair of Governors has undergone Dementia Champion Training and will contribute to awareness raising and dissemination.

    Status:
    Completed

    2017 - Second Quarter Update

    Dementia Friends awareness raised and training for staff is on-going.

  • Raising Awareness with staff

    Staff CPD sessions arranged

    Status:
    Being implemented
  • Student Awareness Raised

    Students to work with Kissing It Better Charity to provide support to patients at Ipswich Hospital

    Status:
    Being implemented