Rushcliffe Borough Council

Rushcliffe Borough Council is a local authority district with borough status providing services for over 115,000 residents. Rushcliffe is located within the South of Nottinghamshire, sharing a border with Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire. The borough is home to Nottingham Forest Football Club and Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club at Trent Bridge. Rushcliffe Borough Council provides several different services for residents in Rushcliffe including; refuse collection and recycling, street cleansing and playground maintenance, council tax collection, leisure, events, sports and health development, planning and building control, parks, environmental health and social housing in conjunction with wide range of partners. This wide remit with influence over the wider determinants of health, involves working with residents on a continual basis to provide excellent customer service. We are therefore best placed to have a significantly positive impact on residents living with dementia and their carers by shaping our policies and procedures to become a dementia friendly organisation and thereby creating a dementia friendly environment within Rushcliffe.

Updated:
8 October 2018
Location:
East Midlands
Sectors:
Local Authorities
Local Alliances:
Nottinghamshire 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?

Rushcliffe Borough Council provides several different services for residents in Rushcliffe including; refuse collection and recycling, street cleansing and playground maintenance, council tax collection, leisure, events, sports and health development, planning and building control, parks, environmental health and social housing in conjunction with wide range of partners.

This wide remit involves working with residents on a continual basis providing excellent customer service. We are therefore best placed to have a significantly positive impact on residents living with dementia and their carers by shaping our policies and procedures to become a dementia friendly organisation and thereby creating a dementia friendly environment within Rushcliffe.

The action plan will be driven by the Active Rushcliffe Health Partnership, which brings together local partners in health, physical activity and sport, alongside borough council staff. We will therefore maximise the use of the partnership to ensure delivery of the action plan, whilst influencing key partners.

 

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

Initially, challenges will be the size of the organisation and scope of services provided which will require consistent messaging and potentially additional external training for customer service colleagues for example. Other health priorities in Rushcliffe may become more prominent and require further resource drawing away focus.

Influencing a wide range of departments and partners to consider dementia friendly policies and procedures will take time and require a systematic approach to implementation.

 

2. Actions

  • Implementation of Dementia Friends

    1. Deliver dementia friends sessions to all borough council staff by 2020.

    2. Promote the scheme through the partnerships, encouraging others to sign up to the DAA and associated dementia friends sessions.

    Status:
    Planning
  • Implement Dementia Friendly Swimming

    1. Work with local leisure provider to support the implementation of dementia friendly swimming.

    2. Utilise the opportunity to raise awareness of other local support for carers of and those with dementia.

    3. Support leisure provider to become a dementia friendly organisation.

    Status:
    Initial Scoping
  • Deliver a Memory Walk in partnership with Rushcliffe CCG

    1. Deliver an Alzheimer's Society Memory Walk at Rushcliffe Country Park in partnership with Rushcliffe CCG. Currently booked for the 20th October.   

    2. Maximise the awareness raising potential of the event by inviting local health stallholders to promote their services to the public focusing on carers and residents living with dementia.

    Status:
    Planning