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Greater Brighton Metropolitan College

Greater Brighton Metropolitan College (MET) was created from the merger of City College Brighton and Northbrook College Sussex. It is the college for our City and our region and draws on 150 years of heritage, history and experience. We offer a comprehensive range of qualifications for 16-19 year olds, university degrees, full and part time courses for adults, apprenticeships and professional qualifications. The MET operates across five campuses in Brighton, Shoreham, Worthing and we teach around 3,500 16-18 year-olds, 1,000 undergraduates, 7,500 adult learners and 800 apprentices. More than 1,000 expert staff work with our students to equip them with the knowledge and skills they need to prepare them for the world of work - to encourage support and inspire them. The MET helps to build the self belief, confidence and bravery our students need to meet and exceed their aspirations. At the MET we believe it's our job to celebrate ambition, unlock potential and transform lives.

12 December 2018
South East
Children Young People and Students
Local Alliances:
Adur Dementia Action Alliance , Brighton and Hove Dementia Action Alliance, Worthing 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?

1.    How can your organisation help to support people with dementia and families/carers?

Learning disseminated by a dedicated and beacon award winning health and social care team continues to grow and inspire our future workforce.

GMBC actively supports wellbeing in the community through on-going projects such as Wellbeing Wednesdays. Growing awareness with the challenges e.g. a person with dementia may be restless, agitated or distressed by an environment laden with mirrors, noise and distractions.

Engagement with local employers, charities and NHS trusts growing knowledge and embracing change in the community.

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

1.    What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes for your organisation?

  • ·         Engaging staffs across all sectors
  • ·         Premises and care park facilities

1.    How can you overcome these challenges?


  • ·         Raise awareness of dementia to customers, people who use your service, or your community
  • ·         Organise education and training for staff and volunteers
  • ·         Make environments more dementia friendly
  • ·         Appoint a GMBC dementia champion to feed into senior leadership team


Member contacts

Selina Shields Bishop (Specialist Skills Coordinator for H&SC)

Greater Brighton Metropolitan College

Northbrook MET Campus

Broadwater Road

Worthing West Sussex


01903 273718




Member website


2. Actions

  • Raising awareness of Dementia with our students

    Title: “Wellbeing Wednesdays” Partnership with Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust

    Description: GBMC Hair and Beauty students offer free treatments such as wash and blow dry, massage and make up sessions with SCT staffs. An extension of this is for the trusts staff to meet the care users they are supporting for a treatment at the college, so they can be part of this shared experience and our students are engaging with people with dementia. The trust has also agreed for their lead associate in Dementia to talk with our staff about working in the community.

  • Dementia Friends Sessions for GBMC staff and students

    Initially front facing staff will have a champion deliver Dementia Friends session. There is also an online video link provided by Dementia Action Alliance Group for all staffs to access. Lynsey Tran (Dementia Friendly Community Co-Ordinator) and colleagues will set up stands across all campus’s engaging with our students and staffs, providing information on what is happening in our communities for people with Dementia and knowledge about how to access support and advice.    

  • Use of GBMC Premises to host Dementia Action Alliance open Meetings

    The Broadwater Campus will be utilised for community meetings throughout the year. The meetings are geographically spread across the area, so the BW campus may be once or twice a year. Meetings are 16.00-18.00 pm and GBMC catering students would host this event with a pop up refreshment café. Dementia Friendly Alliance will also support our catering students with a class in Dementia Friendly Food. Food’s need to be adapted to make them edible. Liquidised, purified foods are no longer acceptable. Students could look at new ways of purifying into moulds that mirror a traditional plate.