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Hamson Barron Smith

Hamson Barron Smith are a multi-disciplinary property consultancy including Architects, Building Surveyors, Quantity Surveyors, Mechanical Engineers, Electrical Engineers, Structural Engineers, Geotechnical Engineers and Project Managers. We work throughout the UK working closely with care providers, charities, sheltered housing providers and other organisations to create buildings that are suitable for people with dementia. Our work includes new build developments, refurbishments and alterations to existing properties as well as property appraisals and surveys.

6 June 2019
East of England
Businesses and shops, Care, Charity, Education Sector, Local Authorities, Schools
Local Alliances:
Norwich City 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?

Hamson Barron Smith are committed to providing buildings and environments that are suitable for people with dementia.

Construction industry and design knowledge for dementia is an emerging field as we understand more about the needs of people with dementia. In order to stay at the forecast of best practice, we have commited to investing in our employees to undertake relevant training such as the University of Stirling Intersection of Design and Dementia Course.

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

One of the main challenges we face is creating a greater understanding and appreciation for dementia in our sector so that we can deliver facilities and buildings that give the best possible support to persons with dementia.

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2. Actions

  • Training for Our Staff

    Ensure that at least one member of staff in each of our offices has successfully attended and completed the Dementia and Design training course at the University of Stirling to ensure that we are following industry best practice guidance.

    Being implemented
  • Cascading of Information

    Each dementia design trained Architect or Surveyor to deliver a training session in their office to cascade learning and information to raise awareness amongst all design and technical staff.

  • Dementia Friendly Champions

    To employ and suitably train a number of 'Dementia Friends' to provide support and guidance to employees and their families affected by dementia within our organisation.

    Being implemented
  • Pro-bono Advice for Local Businesses

    To provide at least 2 days of pro-bono of advice and support for local businesses and charities to promote creation of dementia friendly buildings and environments.