Southampton City Council
Southampton City Council (SCC) is a unitary authority; it provides a full range of local government services including a wide range of services of importance to people with dementia, e.g. housing, leisure, transport. The Integrated Commissioning Unit (ICU), a key part of Better Care Southampton, is a partnership between Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group and the Council which aims to make the most of pooled expertise and funding when commissioning health and care services. Throughout the year the ICU has enabled more efficient working across organisations, including the community and voluntary sectors, in order to improve both health and social outcomes for the people of Southampton. Significant progress has been made in ensuring services identify and respond proactively to early signs of difficulty and prevent health and care needs escalating. We have done this by redesigning services to enable local people to access the most appropriate support and manage independently without needing to resort to specialist help. We will continue to work together to make the best use of our resources to commission sustainable, high quality services which meet the needs of local people now and in the future. The Council, working in partnership with the Southampton Clinical Commissioning Group are committed to the promotion of health and wellbeing for its residents, which includes ageing and living well.
- 11 July 2017
- South East
- Local Authorities
- Local Alliances:
- Dementia Friendly Southampton (Southampton DAA)
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 Council are committed to the aspiration of Southampton becoming a dementia friendly community, in 2015/16 a Scrutiny Panel undertook an inquiry looking at the issue of making Southampton a dementia friendly city and made a number of recommendations to ensure that people living with dementia in Southampton are able to:
Remain active and included members of their communitiesMaintain their independence for as long as possibleBe treated with understanding and respectReceive support when necessary
The Council have engaged the Alzheimer’s Society to oversee and kick start the drive to becoming dementia friendly.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
There will be increasing numbers of people over the age of 65 living in Southampton for the foreseeable future. This also means that we can assume the numbers of people with dementia will increase at similar rates at a time of challenging financial situation for local government.
Southampton is a diverse City, with a higher proportion of residents of an ethnic group other than White British compared to other Cities considered ‘most similar’ to Southampton. The number of people with dementia from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups in the UK is expected to rise significantly as the BAME population ages. The number is expected to rise nearly seven-fold in 40 years, compared to just over two-fold increase in the number of people with dementia across the whole UK population in the same time period.
Southampton is recognised as a dementia friendly community
The Integrated Commissioning Unit (ICU) will engage an organisation to oversee and kick start the drive to becoming dementia friendly. With the organisation submitting an application to the ‘working to become dementia friendly’ on behalf of Southampton.
- Being implemented
Challenge stigma and build understanding
Establish if dementia friend sessions can be made compulsory for all customer facing Council employees, including elected members. Dementia friend sessions will be actively encouraged and widely prompted to all Council employees.
The Council will support key staff and elected members to become dementia champions, so that they can provide information sessions and support other members and officers to become dementia friends and to act as ambassadors and supporters of the work to promote dementia friendly communities locally.
Practical support to enable engagement in community life
The Council will explore the opportunity to create a dementia roadmap for Southampton that will provide high quality information about the dementia journey alongside local information about services, support groups and care pathways to assist primary care to support people with dementia, their families’ and carers. This will be considered in the context of other citywide developments.
The Council will also utilise new technologies that will help to locate people with dementia that have gone missing.
Respectful and responsive business and services
The Council will use strategic drivers such as the community safety plan, health and wellbeing strategy, local transport plan, planning function as well as strategies for older people and people with dementia as levers to reinforce the needs of people living with dementia.