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Woodcocks Haworth and Nuttall Solicitors

Smith Sutcliffe are a legal practice with 2 offices across Lancashire offering a full range of legal services to personal and commercial clients. Within our practice we have a private client department which caters for the needs of clients requiring assistance in dealing with their personal affairs – we regularly visit Hospital Care and Residential homes and provide home visits if necessary to clients who are unable to access our services at the office. Patrick Swanney is a member of the Local Blackburn, Pendle and Hyndburn Dementia Action Alliances and a Dementia Champion

7 March 2018
North West
Local Alliances:
Pendle Dementia Action Alliance, Blackburn with Darwen Dementia Action Alliance, Hyndburn Dementia Action Alliance, Burnley 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 regular advise both young, old and vulnerable clients on all aspects of their affairs. We work in close partnership with inter alia care homes, social services and financial advisors to provide assistance and solutions for all personal and commercial clients We are able to assist clients with or without dementia with the legal issues surrounding their specific issues and further to provide help and assistance to these issues. We tailor all our advice specifically to the individuals needs and with our practice. Working closely with other professional services, we are able to offer support and guidance to clients should we not be have the expertise to assist.

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

One of the key challenges Smith Sutcliffe is currently addressing is the number of staff within the practice who are not Dementia Friends. Patrick Swanney is a Dementia Champion and is currently embarking on staff dementia information sessions to raise awareness within the offices. We are trying to ensure that the workforce is equipped to support individuals and clients. We are further looking at making our offices and working environments dementia friendly in order that Clients can feel at ease at all times.

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2. Actions

  • Improve Smith Sutcliffes' understanding of Dementia

    Patrick Swanney will be arranging for all staff to attend a Dementia Friends information session to ensure that Staff have become Dementia Friends and have a better understanding to assist clients.

  • Client Awareness

    Within the work carried out by the private client team, we regularly provide clients with a free advice service to look at their individual requirements. This report [ an estate planning report ] can be tailored and amended to incorporate any information as is felt appropriate for clients to consider planning for the future in the event that clients or their families show signs of dementia