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Public Health Team - Merton Council

Public Health Team within London Borough Council

30 October 2017
Local Alliances:
Merton 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?

The work streams of the Public Health Team supports a number of the seven outcomes of the National Dementia Declaration.   The re-commissioning of dementia hub services will contribute to ‘personal choice and control’, ‘services designed around me and my needs’, ‘I have support that helps me live my life’. 

The Public Health Teams work around dementia awareness (including within the Council, with commissioned services and with partners and residents) will contribute to ‘living in an enabling and supportive environment’ and ‘ a sense of belonging and of being a valued part of family, community and civic life’.    

Public Health will also take a strategic lead for Merton’s Dementia Action alliance which should contribute to ‘I know that services are designed around me and my needs’ and ‘I have support that helps me live my life’.

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

Key challenges include

Delivering DF training at scale – the Council is a large organisation

Getting enough teams at the Council to join Merton’s DAA

In terms of the DAA; maintaining focus and energy of the Alliance, expanding the alliance.

Gaining enough organisations to join Merton’s DAA so that our plans to make Merton a dementia friendly community are realised.

2. Actions

  • Take the strategic lead for supporting Merton’s DAA, increasing the number of Members and activity

    Target of 20 new DAA Members / teams recruited during 2017/18.

    Run quarterly DAA meetings developing a themed program throughout the year which cover topics relevant to ‘living well with dementia’.  

    Run quarterly newsletter from September 2018

  • Increase awareness of dementia within Merton Council and with commissioned services

    Hold monthly dementia friends awareness sessions for staff from November 2017 to March 2018.

    Target of 200 Council employees complete dementia friends sessions during 2017/18.

    Councillors offered dementia friends training session during 2017/18.

    Encourage commissioners of services to consider dementia awareness / dementia friends as part of contracts for services.

  • Raise awareness of dementia with residents in the Borough

    Promote Public Health messages around prevention e.g. mid life approaches to delay or prevent onset.

    During 2017/18 contribute to projects on dance and dementia and initiate an inter-generational project around dementia.