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Health Education Wessex

Health Education Wessex (HEW) is responsible for the planning and education and training of the healthcare and public health workforce across Hampshire, Dorset, IOW and Salisbury. We also provide medical training for the States of jersey and GP appraisal services for Jersey and Guernsey.

24 February 2017
South East, South West
Health, Hospitals and Hospital Trusts
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?

By developing and implementing a dementia education and training strategy HEW will enable the following:

  • Working with the Strategic Clinical Network to ensure that education and training to support better outcomes for people with dementia remains high on the agenda.
  • Supporting provider services to deliver dementia education and training consistently and appropriately across their workforce, from basic awareness to specialist and expert levels.
  • Influencing Commissioners to include dementia education and training in their plans to support outcomes based commissioning that will focus on improving the quality and experience of care received by people with dementia, their families and carers.
  • Building strategic partnerships with 3rd sector providers and Local Authorities to support the delivery of education and training into care homes.
  • Providing up to date information relating to dementia education and training, including ongoing policy development and implementation.
  • Supporting the development of dementia friendly communities, working with the regional DAA and other sponsors.
  • Contributing to the national arena through the DAA and Health Education England.


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

Across the HEW area there is a lot of activity related to improving services for people with dementia, their carers and families. However -current challenges include:

  • Variation across the area covered by HEW with regard to clinical outcomes for people with dementia, strategic alignment within and across provider organisations and provision of systematic education and training-to support delivery of better outcomes for people with dementia.
  • Lack of a coordinating strategy for dementia
  • Lack of clarity around definitions of ‘basic awareness’ training

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2. Actions

  • Improve the knowledge and skills of the workforce across HEW

    Support all provider organisations to develop dementia education and training plans for their staff.

    Support all provider organisations to deliver Dementia Awareness (Health Education England Tier 1) training to at least 80% of their patient facing staff.

    Being implemented

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    All our NHS provider organisations now have robust dementia education and training plans in place.

    Across our region (Wessex - Hampshire, IOW, Dorset, Southampton and Portsmouth and Salisbury) a total of 25,000 staff providing NHS services have recieved dementia training at HEE Tier 1 or above (as of June 30th 2014)

    2013 - Second Quarter Update

    New member. In progress (May – August 2013).

  • Development of Education and Training Strategy

    Develop Dementia Education and Training Strategy – to include recommendation to the HEW Board (June – Sept 2013). 


    2013 - Second Quarter Update

    • New member
    • In progress

  • Launch of Strategy

    Launch Strategy and implementation plan (Sept - Oct 2013). 


    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    HEW Dementia Strategy now published:


    Search for Dementia Strategy. 

    2013 - Second Quarter Update

    New member. 

  • Delivering dementia awareness

    Implementing phase 1 of strategy – delivering dementia awareness training across the HEW workforce (Oct 2013 – March 2014).


    2014 - First Quarter Update

    Implementation of Health Education England Tier 1 'Dementia Awareness' training underway.  HEW's interim marker of providers ensuring that 30% of their workforce have recieved this level of training by March 31st 2014 has been achieved.

    2013 - Second Quarter Update

    New member.