UCL Partners

UCLPartners is a unique academic health science partnership that brings together people and organisations to transform the health and wellbeing of the population. With more than 40 partners from the NHS, social care and academia, we support improvements in discovery science, innovation into practice and population health and focus where the need and benefit is greatest. Beyond serving the local population, healthcare solutions developed by members are also applied across the UK and globally.

9 May 2017
Hospitals and Hospital Trusts, Care, Local Authorities, Other, Research Sector, Pharmaceutical

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 Health Education England mandate which, has been the driver behind commissioning of the ‘Building a culture of dementia awareness’ project, has been a catalyst to building the capacity within organisations to increase dementia awareness and improve staff knowledge. The learning and experience of the project team has seen Tier 1 & 2[1] dementia awareness training delivered to over 50,000 healthcare staff predominantly in Acute and Mental health care trusts. To date the project has identified the impact of the training on attendees and recorded a positive impact in confidence, awareness and knowledge about dementia care, as well as continued retention of learning and positive changes to working practice.

Our work aims to deliver improvement in experience of people living with dementia accessing healthcare services, by facilitating training for healthcare staff in dementia awareness. The ultimate goal is for all health are staff to be trained as dementia aware according to their role, which in turn will help people living with dementia, to be cared for in an enabling and supportive environment, by confident dementia aware staff.

[1] Dementia Core Skills, Education and Training Framework, Skills for Health, Health Education England & Skills for Care 2015

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

As one of the country's Academic Health Science Networks, UCLPartners is committed to supporting our whole health and care system to tackle barriers to improving outcomes. We deliver this improvement by working with partners. Though our goal is for dementia awareness training to be provided to all healthcare staff and become embedded in training platforms, the time constraints on healthcare staff provide a challenge.  Identification of staff to be supported to deliver training within their locality and subsequently staff being released to attend training continues to be challenging.

Our intention is to gather and share evidence of the impact of training on attendees, organisations, people with dementia and their carers. This evidence will be used to promote the value of involvement in delivery of dementia training. We bring our partners together in communities of practice to drive improvements in quality of care and the implementation of best practice guidance.

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2. Actions

  • Development of dementia champions (Tier 3 level)

    Tier 3 training is defined in the Dementia Core Skills Education and training Framework 2015 as the following: Tier 3: enhancing the knowledge, skills and attitudes for key staff (experts) working with people living with dementia designed to support them to play leadership roles’1

    Our ambition is to:-

    a)       Create a cohort of 40 dementia champions as leaders, supported to influence change in 3 key local priority topics – Delirium, diagnosis (pre and post) and dementia risk and prevention

    b)       To promote these champions across their STP locality as experts and influencers in person centered dementia care.

    c)       Encourage participating organisations to deliver initiatives that promote both multi organisation and multidisciplinary working. 

    Implementation, Planning

    2017 - Second Quarter Update

    New member: April 2017

  • Continue rollout of Tier 1 dementia awareness training across Primary care

    Building on initial development of 100 Dementia friendly GP Practices, our ambition throughout this project phase is to:-

    • Facilitate the creation of a further 50 dementia friendly GP practices
    • Provide access for up to 15 practice staff to be developed as dementia awareness trainers
    • Create links between organisations, to encourage peer support, shared learning and further innovation

    2017 - Second Quarter Update

    New member: April 2017

  • Evidence of impact

    The project team will work collaboratively with our partners, using evidence based techniques to demonstrate the impact education interventions have had to date across the partnership. 

    Initial Scoping

    2017 - Second Quarter Update

    New member: April 2017