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University of Salford

Salford is an ambitious University, with our 20,000 students contributing enormously to the local economy and our expertise transforming individuals and communities through excellent teaching, research, innovation and engagement. We are leading in areas, including health, energy, media and the built environment and have completed impressive work with business and industry partners.

Updated:
24 May 2016
Location:
North West
Local Alliances:
Salford 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?

The Dementia Design Group (DDG) at the University of Salford and the International Dementia Design Network (IDDN) hosted by the University of Salford are contributing to the outcomes of the National Dementia Declaration by engaging in interdisciplinary research, education and innovation.

  • A nationally impact is being achieved through the hosting of conferences and seminars to support collaborative working that reflect the seven outcomes of the National Dementia Declaration. This is further supported by the website of the IDDN (www.international-dementia-design.org).
  • The work of the DDG and the IDDN is informed by people living with dementia and their carers to support a person focussed approach to our work. Locally the DDG is collaborating with local authority and NHS providers of dementia care to achieve the goal of a dementia friendly society.
  • Through undergraduate and post graduate teaching programmes we are contributing to the development of future and present practitioners and professionals whose work will impact nationally and locally, on people living with dementia and a dementia friendly society.
  • The University is committed to making a difference through collaborative working with the national and local Dementia Action Alliance.

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

The challenges inherent in delivering the seven outcomes can be considered as the challenge for the University of Salford to contribute to a dementia friendly society.

  • The challenges relate to changing approaches and perspectives so that the undiminished humanity of those living with dementia is acknowledge, appreciated and supported. This challenge includes raising the awareness of professionals and practitioners to the capacity and capability of people living with dementia to be involved in decisions about their lives and their involvement in their communities.
  • To ensure the movement to a dementia friendly society requires a collaborative approach involving different aspects of the infrastructure of society this is a considerable goal to achieve.

Member contacts

http://www.salford.ac.uk/

Member website

http://www.salford.ac.uk/

2. Actions

  • Involve people living with dementia and their carers

    To involve people living with dementia and their carers in decisions and activities of the DDG and IDDN  (ongoing to 2014)

    Status:
    Planning

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    New member

  • Develop collaborative working relationships with other organisations

    To continue to develop collaborative working relationships with Salford City Council , Salford Royal Foundation Trust and Manchester University (ongoing to 2014)

    Status:
    Implementation

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    New member

  • Develop innovative work with commercial and charity partners

    To continue to develop innovative work with commercial and charity partners that will enhance the lifestyle activities of people living with dementia (ongoing to 2014)

    Status:
    Implementation

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    New member

  • Develop inter-professional collaborative research/education and innovation projects

    To continue to develop inter-professional collaborative research, education and innovation projects where the shared understanding of solutions to the challenges of living with dementia can be addressed (ongoing to 2014)

    Status:
    Implementation

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    New member

  • Develop educational curricula for undergraduate and post graduate students

    To continue to develop educational curricula for undergraduate and postgraduate students that improve knowledge and awareness of the challenges of living with dementia and approaches that can be used to minimise the impact of these challenges (ongoing to 2014)

    Status:
    Implementation

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    New member

  • Hosting a series of seminars

    We are hosting a series of ongoing seminars;  so far we have held  one for people with dementia and their carers called ‘Making your home and garden dementia friendly’ and another seminar was held  for academics and practitioners with John Zeisel from the USA continuing in 2014)

    Status:
    Implementation

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    New member

  • Collaborative relationships established

    Collaborative relationships established with two hospitals (Salford Royal and UHSM) and a new hospital build project in Brighton; as partners for future bids

    Status:
    Implementation

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    New member

  • Exploring making the University dementia friendly

    We are exploring the possibility of making the University Dementia friendly by providing the opportunity for students to become one of the Prime Minister’s million dementia friends (September 2013)

    Status:
    Initial Scoping

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    New member

  • Launch a new MSc

    Launch the MSc Dementia: Care and enabling environments

    Status:
    Planning
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

    Work collaboratively to develop Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) with companies who have taken a positive approach to developing products and services for people living with dementia.

    Status:
    Delivery
  • Research

    Undertake research into the impact of the built environment on living with dementia, the experience of younger people living with dementia and the needs of those from diverse communities who are living with dementia.

    Status:
  • Research

    Undertake research into the impact of the built environment on living with dementia, the experience of younger people living with dementia and the needs of those from diverse communities who are living with dementia.

    Status:
    Planning
  • Develop a reserach team of people living with dementia and carers

    Developed a team of people living with dementia and carers to be involved in undertaking or advising dementia focussed research, innovation and education.

    Status:
    Planning