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City of Bradford Metropolitan Council

Bradford Council is one of 36 metropolitan councils in the country. The total population of the district the Council serves is approximately 522,500 (2011 Census) and covers an area of approximately 141 square miles. This includes Bradford city centre, the towns of Shipley, Bingley, Keighley and Ilkley and many other communities including Addingham, Baildon, Burley, Cullingworth, Denholme, Eastburn, Eccleshill, Haworth, Menston, Oxenhope, Queensbury, Silsden, Steeton and Thornton.

Updated:
11 March 2014
Location:
Yorkshire and Humber
Sectors:
Local Authorities
Local Alliances:
Bradford District Dementia Action Alliance, Yorkshire & Humber Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1.   The National Dementia Declaration lists a number of outcomes that we 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?

A Call to Action

As a local Authority CBMDC will work in partnership with people with dementia, their carers, health partners, businesses and voluntary and community sector to ensure that people with dementia and their carers;

· Have personal choice and control or influence over decisions over their lives

· Have services that are designed around needs and that support people to live their life

· Are provided with the knowledge and know-how to get what they need

· Have services in the District that create an enabling and supportive environment so that people feel valued and understood

· Have a sense of belonging and of being a valued part of family, community and civic life

· Know that the District is supporting research which delivers a better life now and hope for the future

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

There are an estimated 6,500 people with dementia who live in the Bradford District, of whom 1,500 have severe dementia. This is set to increase by 30-35% in the next 15 years.

 Dementia is an incurable condition caused by diseases of the brain which over time seriously impairs the ability of someone with dementia to live independently. Symptoms can include severe memory loss, mood and personality changes and behaviour that challenges others such as serious confusion, agitation and aggression. Many people with dementia also have other medical conditions or develop them during the course of their illness.

Families currently provide the majority of care and support for people with dementia and this can be both tiring and stressful - physically, emotionally and financially. A large number of people with dementia also live alone and can be at particular risk of isolation or abuse. However, if people with dementia are diagnosed early, and they and their families receive help, they can continue to live a good quality of life. According to an Analysis of the dementia in Bradford and Airedale carried out in 2008 it estimated that there were 5500 people with a diagnosis of dementia in the District and the projected cost of dementia locally was estimated at £130m.

CBMDC will work with Health partners, Businesses and the Voluntary and Community sector to initiate and regularly update a dementia strategy action plan. The priorities in the action plan are as follows;

  • Good quality early diagnosis and intervention for all.
  • Improved quality of care in general hospitals.
  • Living well with dementia in care homes.
  • Reducing use of anti-psychotic medication.
  • Improving Public and Professional Awareness
  • Community Support
  • Carers

In signing up to the National Dementia Declaration CBMDC will also sign up to the Yorkshire and Humberside regional Dementia Action Alliance and support and play a leading role in the formation of a Bradford District Action Alliance.

As a result of this work CBMDC will work towards Bradford becoming a Dementia Friendly District by 2015

2. Actions

  • Early Diagnosis

    • Good quality early diagnosis and intervention for all.

    Status:
    Planning
  • Improved Care

    • Improved quality of care in general hospitals.
    Status:
    Planning
  • Care Homes

    • Living well with dementia in care homes.
    Status:
    Planning
  • Anti-psychotics

    • Reducing use of anti-psychotic medication.
    Status:
    Planning
  • Awareness

    • Improving Public and Professional Awareness
    Status:
    Planning
  • Community

    • Community Support
    Status:
    Planning
  • Carers

    • we are committed to working with carers
    Status:
    Planning