Dementia Pathfinders Community Interest Company

Dementia Pathfinders Community Interest Company delivers education, training, care and support for people living with dementia, family carers and health & social care providers..

30 August 2018
National, West Midlands
Care, Health, Arts, Education Sector, Faith Groups, Local DAA Members, Social Care, Voluntary, Voluntary Sector

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?

Dementia Pathfinders offers training for health and social care professionals. Dementia Pathfinders works with a range of provider organisations from the statutory, private, independent and voluntary sectors and specialises in 'whole systems' approaches that combine direct teaching and training with reflective practice, mentoring and management support, with the aim of embedding learning into practice and improving the quality of care delivered in the care setting. Dementia Pathfinders aims to give a voice to people with dementia, and friends and family members who support them, keeping these people at the heart of everything we do.  People with dementia and family carers inform and shape the content and delivery of our training, and are involved in training delivery as 'experts by experience'. 

Dementia Pathfinders is working in local areas with partner organisations, providing support, information and care for people with dementia and their carers. 

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

(i) The imperative to build capacity in order to maximise the opportunities to expand servcies and develop new approaches. 

(ii) The current financial climate in health and social care is restricting growth.

2. Actions

  • Improve the Skills of the Dementia Care Workforce

    • Dementia Pathfinders will provide vocational level training for frontline care staff in a range of subject areas relevant to dementia care and family carers’ support. 
    • Deliver accredited programmes including leadership programmes.
    • Deliver the QCF 'dementia qualifications', collaborating with accrediting bodies and other training providers.
    • Engage family carers and people with dementia as partners in delivering training.
    • Promote 'whole systems' approaches and encourage commissioning of reflective practice, mentoring and leadership programmes, to underpin culture transformation and skill and knowledge transfer to the care setting. 
    • Support the professional development of dementia trainers by hosting learning networks including the Dementia Education Training Network (DETN) in London
    • Develop a 'validation framework' for dementia trainers, in collaboration with partners.  

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

    New member.

  • Hosting the Dementia Roadmap in collaboraton with the Royal College of General Practitioners

    Dementia Pathfinders hosts the Dementia Roadmap on behalf of the Royal College of General Practitioners. Dementia Pathfinders co-ordinates a core team of knowledge specialists to maintain and develop the national resource base of the Dementia Roadmap. The team supports the existing Dementia Roadmap customers and is proactively seeking to engage local Dementia Roadmap subscribers.

  • Delivery of frontline dementia support services in collaboration with Agewell CIC

    Dementia Pathfinders was successful in securing a grant from the Big Lottery 'Reaching Communities' Fund, in collaboration with Agewell CIC in the West Midlands, for 'Kingfisher Buddies' project. the aim of the project is to provide information, education and support for people new diagnoses with dementia and their family carers and to offer meaningful and stimulating activities, on a one-to-one basis and in groups, in communities in Sandwell Metropolitan Borough in the West Midlands. Two Community Pathfinders have been appointed to carry out frontline support for people living with dementia. The Kingfisher Buddies project operates an open referral system: people can self-refer and referrals are also accepted from third party organisations. Training and education is a key part of the project: information and education sessions have been provided to family carers and social care support workers from a number of local agencies, and the Level 3 Award in Awareness of Dementia (accredited by the Open College Network London Region) has been delivered to a cohort of learners with a view to establishing a team of dementia trainers and facilitators, as a means of sustaining services provided by Agewell and Dementia Pathfinders in the region.
    Being implemented
  • Developing innovative ways to support people with dementia

    Dementia Pathfinders aims to develop innovative ways to support people to live well with dementia in the community, in care homes. Dementia Pathfinders aims to deliver and evaluate therapeutic approaches both for people with dementia and their carers. We aim to use evidence-based practice to promote and support the development and dissemination of these approaches.


    2016 - Second Quarter Update

    Dementia Pathfinders is setting up a 'Music and Dementia' group for people with young onset dementia. 

  • Developing 'Dementia Conversations' in partnership with local churches

    To offer 'Dementia Conversations' in partnership with local church communities, to encourage dialogue about the issues that face people living with dementia and spread awareness. Currently offered in the Isle fo Wight and in Altrincham. 


    2016 - Second Quarter Update

    This project started in East Cowes, Isle of Wight in the Autumn of 2015. 'Dementia Conversations' sessions are held on a monthly basis at st Jemes' Church, East Cowes. 

    A new 'Dementia Converstions' initaitive at Bowden Vale Methodist Church was started in Spring 2016 and follows a similar model. 

  • To develop therapeutic and educational approaches that meet the needs of people living with young onset dementia and their families.

    To work with the cognitive neurology servcie at St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to provide a monthly support group for people diagnosed with dementia at a young age and their family members and carers. 


    2016 - Second Quarter Update

    Support Group meetings for peole with young onset dementia and their families are held on a monthly baisis at St George's Hospital. Upcoming dates are: 12th April 2016, 18th May 2016, 29th June 2016, 27th July 2016. The meetings are held in the Hunter Wing (2nd Floor Boardrooms) from 7.30pm until 9.30pm. Open to all people with a diagnosis of dementia at a young age (under 65yers) and familiy carers, friens and supporters. This is a partnership with St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust