Implementation of Objective 6 of the National Dementia Strategy in the North East
This project supports the regional implementation of Objective 6 of the National Dementia Strategy
The project will seek to enhance the implementation of Objective 6 through the following high-level outcomes:
- Development of the market to ensure there is a range of services for people with dementia living at home and their carers that meet the needs, choices and aspirations of those who use them.
- Supporting existing providers to develop high quality services for people with Dementia
- Reducing the culture of risk aversion when working with people with dementia and reducing/removing stigma as a barrier to equality
The project has the following objectives:
- To explore the experience, needs and desires of people with dementia and their carers based on a programme of engagement and a literature review of existing regional and national evidence.
- To identify barriers encountered by:
- Social care staff, e.g., assessors, brokers, in trying to provide a personalised service, including any issues relating to legislation around Direct Payments, the Mental Health Capacity Act, understanding of dementia, etc;
- service providers who wish to respond in a flexible way to the needs of service users;
- commissioners in ensuring an appropriate range of community based services and outcome focussed commissioning for people with dementia and their carers.
- To produce a report that clearly sets out:
- the needs and current experience of people with dementia and their carers;
- the existing 'state of play' in terms of provision, ability of current systems to cater for this client group;
- market readiness in relation to personalised services for people with dementia;
- a gap analysis in terms of need versus provision;
- barriers facing social care staff and provider;
- outcome focussed training / learning opportunities that can assist in solving these barriers.
- To hold a regional debate on specialist community services versus universally inclusive services and early intervention / prevention services, and what can work best in which circumstances for people with dementia - to produce key findings that will be shared regionally and incorporated into training / learning solutions.
- To produce a comprehensive evidence base to be used by commissioners to provide effective services for people with dementia at home.
- To support local authorities to implement Personalisation changes that are fully inclusive of people with dementia.
- To develop regional, outcome focussed training and support programmes for commissioners, Personalisation teams, service providers, and people with dementia and their carers, that helps to overcome barriers to Personalisation and to bring people together to share learning and experience.
- To implement the changes required to ensure there is an appropriate range of services to support people with dementia living at home and their carers across the region.
- To support people with dementia to remain in their own homes wherever possible.
- To inform the region's Area Action Plans for implementation of the NDS.