Newcastle under Lyme Borough Council

A District Council for Newcastle-under-Lyme in North Staffordshire with, as its primary focus, the towns of Newcastle-under-Lyme and Kidsgrove. The borough is also made up of villages and other settlements to the west and south of the two main towns. The borough is semi-urban (20 per cent of the land and 80 per cent of the population could be described as urban), with the eastern part bordering with Stoke-on-Trent. The borough is also home to Keele University, as well as Newcastle-under-Lyme College and a number of schools and other learning institutions. The population stands at around 126,000 and is projected to grow by around 12 per cent to around 140,300 by 2035. This population is ageing - it is estimated that the number of residents over retirement age will increase by 54 per cent over the next 20 years.

Updated:
23 November 2018
Location:
West Midlands
Sectors:
Local Authorities
Local Alliances:
Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent 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?

Newcastle Borough Council’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers will primarily be through:-

-          Raising Dementia Awareness amongst staff, Elected Members and contractors.

-          Working, in partnership, to create Dementia Friendly communities.

-          Looking at how all buildings that the Council own can be made as Dementia Friendly as possible, with a focus on those accessed by the public.

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

Resources.  At a time when Local Authorities’ finances are constrained any activities that require additional resources will by definition be challenging.

2. Actions

  • Providing Dementia Awareness sessions for staff and Elected Members with a view to including within induction for new staff and Members

    Dementia Awareness sessions have already been run in the main Council offices. Further sessions to be provided.

    At a joint meeting of Health & Wellbeing and Active & Cohesive Scrutiny Committees held on 5th July 2017 the following was agreed:-

    That the offer from the Chief Executive Officer of Approach to deliver,on a no cost basis, Dementia Friends sessions as part of the Corporate induction for new staff and elected members be progressed.

    Dementia Awareness is now included as part of the Corporate induction for new staff and elected members
    Status:
    Delivery

    2018 - First Quarter Update

    At a joint meeting of Health & Wellbeing and Active & Cohesive Scrutiny Committees held on 5th July 2017 the following was agreed:-

    That the offer from the Chief Executive Officer of Approach to deliver,on a no cost basis, Dementia Friends sessions as part of the Corporate induction for new staff and elected members be progressed.

    Dementia Awareness is now included as part of the Corporate induction for new staff and elected members
  • Dementia Friendly Communities through LAPs

    Newcastle Borough has 9 geographically based Locality Action Partnerships (LAPs) supported by the Council’s Partnerships Team. Each LAP aims to bring partners from the public, private and voluntary sectors together in partnership with local community groups and representatives to plan, develop and implement an agreed Action Plan appropriate to each locality.

    Most LAPs have identified dementia as a key element of their Action Plan, with the aim to support the creation of Dementia Friendly Communities. 4 of the LAPs have already made significant progress including 1 that is a member of the DAA in its own right.

    Status:
    Planning

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member

  • Dementia Friendly Buildings

    To look at buildings that the Council owns, with an emphasis on those accessed by members of the public, with the aim of identifying any improvements that could be implemented to make them more dementia friendly.

    This will include:-

    The main Council offices 2 x Contact Centres Museum & Art Gallery 2 x Sports Centres Community Centres

    Status:
    Planning

    2017 - Third Quarter Update

    Since the Action was first written the main Borough Council offices and Contact Centre will be closing with staff moving to a new "Civic Hub" shared with partners - Staffordshire County Council, Staffordshire Police, Aspire Housing, all of whom are members of the Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent DAA.

    There will be a need to review the new building when the move takes place although at the time of writing a specific date has yet to be determined.

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member

  • Dementia Friendly Swimming

    The Borough Council, in partnership with the Amateur Swimming Association, are introducing DF Swimming sessions at the Jubilee Two baths & gym.

    Status:
    Being implemented