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North Essex Older People's Community Team Colchester Adult Social Care

Essex County Council is a public local authority with a duty to support Adult Social Care under the Care Act 2014. This includes both adults and carers. Our Older People's Community Team aspires to support residents as effectively as possible, applying the 'Good Lives' approach which uses familiar networks to support people and access the universal services within Essex. It is estimated there are 670,000 people in the UK who are acting as primary carers for people with dementia. Therefore, Essex County Council and its social care teams seek to ensure that appropriate assistance is available and that teams are working to help people to live well with dementia.

9 August 2017
East of England
Local Authorities
Local Alliances:
Colchester 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?

Following the introduction of the National Dementia Strategy (NDS)), for England in 2009, Essex County Council employed an Integrated Commissioner. 

Essex County Council are the North Quadrant Community Teams for Adult Social Care recognise the needs and aspirations of people with dementia must be taken into consideration as part of the implementation of the framework. People with dementia have the capacity to lead active lives and make a contribution to their communities. Nearly two thirds of people with dementia in the UK live in their own homes and it is important  that they are enabled to participate more fully in their communities. 

It is important that public services do not reinforce isolation and loneliness, but instead aim to build people's social networks. Working towards the creation of dementia supportive communities must be part of making services work. 

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

There are two main barriers to access appropriate care for people with dementia: obtaining a diagnosis and the cost of social care. We mitigate barriers by providing direct services and through awareness campaigns, training and listening to the experience of people and their carers. Our staff teams include voluntary dementia champions,  which aims to make public awareness of how they can support people with dementia, by being a "dementia friend".

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2. Actions

  • Improve awareness and understanding of dementia


    We will work with voluntary dementia champions (who are trained staff members), who will aim to make public awareness of how they can support people with dementia, by being a “dementia friend”. Champions have taken on this role in the local community and the simplistic information ensures an awareness of dementia, and how to support people within communities, this includes other statutory organisations, local groups, schools and clubs. There is no limit to the information to raise awareness.





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  • Provide people with access to the Virtual Dementia Tours (VDT)

    Staff members are licenced to support and give VDT to any employees of Essex County Council. The benefits of Carers or people diagnosed with Dementia would give them better understanding of how dementia affect the person they care for. It is interactive training, delivered in small groups. We will also seek opportunities to extend this programme by working with local partners. 


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  • Supporting hard to reach people with dementia

    We will utilise our networks and work with rural and hard to reach groups to improve their awareness of dementia and ability to access appropriate support services. 


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