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Woking and Sam Beare Hospices

Woking & Sam Beare Hospices is a patient-led charity that delivers specialist palliative care to people who have advanced life-limiting conditions. Each year we care for over 1,400 patients as well as supporting their carers and families

12 June 2019
South East
Care, Voluntary Sector, Social Care, Hospitals and Hospital Trusts, Hospices
Local Alliances:
Woking Dementia Action Alliance, Goldsworth Park Local 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?

Woking & Sam Beare Hospices recognises research research that indicates that individuals with advanced dementia do not always receive the specialist palliative care they need to meet  their complex needs. As a provider of expert palliative and end of life care, the Hospices are committed to improving services for those with dementia, and extend that to supporting their families and carers. The Hospice recently became the first in the UK to sign up to John's Campaign, a national drive to recognise the needs of those living with dementia and those who care for them. 

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

The Hospice primarily delivers patient care, whether at the Hospice or in the community. With the move to our new home in Goldsworth Park we are now in an excellent position to expand into new areas such as education and training. Please visit our website for further information. 

Member website


2. Actions

  • Work on raising awareness of Dementia within the local area

    Ensure the Hospice and it's actiivities are recognised as dementia friendly and take the opportunity to raise awareness whenever possible.

    Being implemented

    2019 - Second Quarter Update

    During Dementia Action week in May, the Hospice representative took part in local awareness raising and together with the Goldsworth DDA and Woking DDA, were interviewed for local television talking about the Dementia Action Alliance and the work it does and support offered in the local area. This was also shared via social media.

  • Review our current dementia-friendly resources and make improvements where we can

    Invite Alzheimers Society representative  to the Hospice for a meeting and plan an audit of our resources and practices.

    Being implemented

    2018 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Dementia care is included under the Hospice Equalities Steering Group project work and discussed at regular (2 monthly) meetings.

    Current plans are to create a 'dementia friendly box' of items that can be added to a Hospice room to make it more suitable. There are discussions with a local action group to make activities/puzzles for use including twiddle muffs.

    2019 update: The Hospice have partnered with a local sports club who will be sponsoring the purchase of Dementia-Friendly equipment to support improvement care and safety of individuals with dementia when admitted to the ward environment. This will include sensor mats and alert buttons.

    2018 - Second Quarter Update

    We have recently had an independant Dementia Friendly Environment review carried out by Plan-D. The recommendations and suggestions are being dicussed at senior management level and awaiting decision on actions.

  • Build on our understanding and expertise in providing dementia friendly care

    Organise dementia friends training for staff across all services and review our existing Dementia study day/training to ensure it is up to date. 

    Being implemented

    2019 - Second Quarter Update

    Dementia Friendly sessions continue as planned. We held two in May's Dementia Action week that attracted people from local organisations and businesses in the area.

    The Hospice have trained over 100 people to date.

    We're now considering training a second Dementia Champion in order to support delivering sessions direct to external organisations to help spread awareness further

    2018 - Third Quarter Update

    Our 2018 Dementia Friends Awareness training programme has reached over 100 people trained including Hospice staff, volunteers and external partners/providers/local DAA members.

    Further sessions have been planned fore 2019 and will be offered externally.

    An internal training session was conducted with Consultant from ASPH reporting on a programme of work at the hospital, and also included presentation from specialist Occupation Therapist.

    2018 - First Quarter Update

    We have a programme of Dementia Friends Awareness training for staff and are pleased to be able to invite other registered DAA members and volunteers to attend. Information will be disseminated through the local DAA membership.

  • Hold a Dementia-Friendly event in our café to encourage and support those in the community that would like to go out for coffee/lunch in a safe environment

    Work with Front of House manager and café volunteers + marketing to organise and facilitate an event. Also involving other DAA members from Goldsworth Park. 


    2019 - Second Quarter Update

    Through our Equalities Steering group we are working with our Business manager to increase/improve signage within the reception/cafe area to indicate it is dementia friendly.

    We continue to offer the dementia friends awareness training to cafe staff and volunteers.

    2018 - Second Quarter Update

    We held a coffee morning during Dementia Action week, and contributed to the local DAA events.

    Plans to repeat in 2019 will be confirmed once dates of the Action week are published.

    2018 - Second Quarter Update

    Plans to hold a cafe event in Dementia Awareness week in May are progressing, and to collaborate with other DAA members on further events in 2018.