PM meets with dementia friendly communities champion group

Prime Minister David Cameron has met with the dementia friendly communities champion group in London. The group is one of three champion groups set up as part of the dementia challenge to explore how to deliver its key aims of creating dementia friendly communities, improving dementia research and improving health and care.

The meeting was co-chaired by Alzheimer’s Society ambassador Angela Rippon and Jeremy Hughes, Alzheimer’s Society Chief Executive. Members of the group include industry leaders, representatives from towns and cities, and people with dementia and their carers.

The dementia friendly communities champion group would like people to give their views on how to create dementia friendly communities on the dementia challenge website launched today.

The Prime Minister said:

‘Dementia is a terrible, heartbreaking disease – and tackling it is a personal priority of mine. Two months ago I promised that we’d lead an all-out, national fight-back against dementia – and it’s happening. We’re putting more money into research and more thought into dementia care.

‘This is a whole-society problem and it needs a whole-society response. That’s why we are connecting thousands of socially engaged young graduates from National Citizen Service with opportunities to make a difference with old people in their community.

‘We’re also encouraging more businesses to join this fight-back. I’m delighted to see the progress being made here. Already 20 big organisations like Lloyds Group, Tesco and E.ON have signed up to become more dementia friendly – and over the coming months I want to see many more follow suit.’

Angela Rippon said:

‘Over the past few weeks I have been meeting with a whole range of people and talking to them about how important it is that we face up to the dementia challenge. The response I have had has been incredible and it is truly inspirational to have so many major organisations working together to tackle this issue head on. Joint action like this is essential if dementia friendly communities are to become a reality.

‘There are 800,000 people living with dementia in the UK. This Dementia Awareness Week is the perfect time to remember the person behind the dementia diagnosis.’

Further programmes announced today include:

  • £800,000 funding from the Social Action Fund for Circle, a new service transforming the provision of older people’s services.
  • An e-learning package to train health and social care staff in recognising, assessing and managing dementia and how to provide high quality dementia care. The content is divided for those who need to be dementia ‘aware’ (all staff), those who need to be dementia ‘trained’ and those who need to be dementia ‘expert’. The package will be available free online within weeks from the Department of Health and the first module, on general dementia awareness, is relevant to anyone working in a public environment, such as shops, transport and banks.

Find out more about the dementia challenge.

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3 Responses to PM meets with dementia friendly communities champion group

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    • Vilas says:

      I am the co-ordinator of a charity that oreffs befriending and outings to local older people so I see a lot of home and residential care. I agree with almost every one of the 31 preceding comments that we are faced with a serious quality problems.Only this week I was helping an elderly lady receiving so-called reablement from a carer who claimed not to know how to work a toaster or a microwave .To Susan Rogers’s list of tyypical misdemeanours I would add a brash, rude, bossy manner, inflexiblility about work to be done and above leaving before time. Some of this may be because of the failure to pay for time between jobs but much is systematic short-changing of users. Many of the comments rightly complained about low pay for care but if you’re only working 20 minutes in every hour, the pay becomes quite desirable.I agree with Susan and Mark Galli that management is a major part of the problem and that it is a skill not necessarily possessed by a long-serving carer. Here we have one provider Chief Executive who is really good. When carers call in sick, she personaly fills in for them , which of course gives her first class information about the way the work is being done. But she also meets staff needs for emotional support that Julia Segal talks about..The CQC comes in for a lot of justificable criticism in the comments but I can only find one reference (Tracey Bergin’s) to local authority contract monitoring. If these teams did their work properly, Tom Cooper’s sensible demand for inspection to be localised would be met. But do they? We lost faith in ours here when we found them dishing out scores of 99 out of 100 to providers we knew to be indifferent at best.As far as I can see, no comment touches on electronic monitoring. In our area all approved providers are supposed to have and use this clocking in system. If it was properly used, it would end fraudulent charging for time not spent and would probably cause the welcome departure of many poor quality carers. But our contract monitoring team have not insisted on it and have allowed providers to let agency staff refuse to use it.The silver lining to the black cloud of recent eligibility changes is that fewer hours of care will be commissioned, so if bad carers leave, staff shortages are less likely to result.In the long run, though, John Cotterill is surely right that we can’t afford the amount of good quality care that’s going to be needed, so family and friends must carry the burden. The trouble is that families are often far off and friends of the same age and equally in need of care. I wonder if the way forward isn’t to build geographically based communities. We find here that many older people living independently get a lot of selfless support from neighbours but there would be even more if there wasn’t the fear of an occasional act of kindness growing into an insupportable, on-going burden. I would like to see councils leading in the creation of street or staircase communities which would collectively take responsibility for their failing members.Centrally commissioned care could then be limited to things neighbours can’t easily do like personal care. However, the community could make sure the personal care was properly provided and do it more effectively than CQC or LA contract monitoring.I would like to see similar geographical communities round care homes with neighbours from nearby streets popping in to visit and incidentally keeping an eye on what management and staff were doing or neglecting.I can’t close without saying how much I admired Barbara Kaye working for a pittance because she felt the job needed doing. If only more were like that

  2. Jeon says:

    Commissioners should have more digauloe with NHS service providers . To provide high quality and joined up care, commissioners should commission servcies from local NHS providers in the first instance; If the skills, experience and delivery of the services cannot be provided from local NHS providers, only then should the tender go to private companies.By dealing with local NHS providers, commissioners can be assured that they are dealing with tried and tested providers who have the existing knowledge and expertise to provide appropriate and high quality services. Adopting the Any Willing Provider’ concept has the ability to fragment care throughout the local population, result in post-code lottery’ re standards of care and make it much more difficult to join up any local services. Private companies have a tendence to cherry-pick the bits of’ of the service that they see as profitable, leaving more gaps in the services for patients.

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