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South Essex Care and Health Association (SECHA)

SECHA are a vibrant, very relevant and rapidly expanding Care Association with members all over the country but particularly in Southend-on-Sea, Essex and Thurrock. SECHA have been in existence for over 35 years and have a wealth of experience relating to all aspects of care provision. SECHA’s services include : Some of the cheapest CPD Accredited e-learning around; a Bed register; Help line; Buddy System; DBS service; conference and other meetings; free employment / health and safety helpline; workshops; face to face training and subsidised prices with many suppliers.

21 August 2018
East of England
Care, Membership Organisations
Local Alliances:
Southend, Castle Point and Rochford District 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?

South Essex Care and Health Association (SECHA) is a membership organisation for 70+  providers of adult social care across Southend, Thurrock and Essex.

Our role is to work in partnership with organisations to support care providers to deliver a quality service, with a trained, competent workforce.

We provide face to face training in First Aid, Health & Safety and Food Safety in Southend and e-learning in 130 courses including many relevant to Dementia services:

Dementia - An Understanding


Dementia - Clinical Guidelines


Dementia - Dealing with Challenging Behaviour


Dementia - Interventions for Cognitive and Non - Cognitive


Dementia - Types of Dementia


Dementia Care Practice Level 3


Positive Dementia Care


Safeguarding is a key priority for our organisation and we deliver e-learning in:
Safeguarding of vulnerable adults
Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty.

We have worked in partnership with Kings College, London to enable members to participate in research in dementia.

We offer conferences and presentations on topics of interest to our membership.

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

Owners/proprietors/managers are extremely busy people managing complex services. Liaising with them can be difficult.

Whilst all our members want to provide a quality service with well-trained staff, the current financial climate only allows for sufficient staff to cover the service and there is not much money to pay for training and for another person to back fill the shift.

And even when owners/proprietors/managers have planned to release staff for training, they are sometimes unable to attend on the day due to pressures on the organisation (staff sickness, residents needing to be accompanied to Hospital etc). Also, trainings can sometimes not meet the needs of the staff due to language difficulties as many people who work in adult social care have English as a Second Language.

E-learning is one way to combat this as it is possible for staff to undertake the training at a time of their choosing, even on their mobile phones. The e-learning we offer also has the advantage that it is available in many languages at the click of a button should a manager think it would be beneficial

Member website


2. Actions

  • Publicise the role of SDAA and the Dementia Friend programme with our 70+ member organisations.

    Work with SDAA to publicise the work of their department and in particular the role of Dementia friends


    First action – meeting on 3 April with managers of SECHA member organisations to publicise work of SDAA and what guidance and advice is available.  To then train these managers as Dementia Friends.


    Second action – enable SDAA to work with individual homes to train as many of their staff as Dementia Friends as possible.


    Being implemented

    2018 - Second Quarter Update

    Meetings held on 3 April and contacts made with local homes.

    Still working on dementia awareness training within local homes for staff, interested residents and families

  • Nominate a Dementia Champion from amongst our Directors

    The nominated person will be the point of contact with SDAA and attend the quarterly meetings.

    Nominated person is Ms Heather Alblas (already a Dementia Friend)


    2018 - Second Quarter Update

    Heather has attended one meeting this quarter which was useful in finding out information from the speakers and  other people attending

  • Continue to offer Dementia e-learning at very accessible cost to our member organisations

    These are the current courses we offer on the topic:

    Care Certificate Standard 9 – Dementia and cognitive issuesDementia - An UnderstandingDementia - Clinical GuidelinesDementia - Dealing with Challenging BehaviourDementia - Interventions for Cognitive and Non - CognitiveDementia - Types of DementiaDementia Care Practice Level 3

    We will also offer new courses as and when they are available.

    Being implemented

    2018 - Second Quarter Update

    In second quarter:

    89 Dementia: An Understanding courses

    21 Dementia: Challenging behaviour

    1 Dementia: Stand by me

    1 Dementia Care Practice level 3

    1 Dementua Intervention for cognitive and non-cognitive