[A version of this article appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 1 Issue 9, April 2011].
Work in Wolverhampton to meet national objectives for dementia care services has been applauded as an example of best practice. The Department of Health produced a Good Practice Compendium which highlights how Wolverhampton City Council is developing services to meet objectives proposed in the National Dementia Strategy. In particular, the ways in which the authority is improving leadership and training for staff working with sufferers have been given favourable recognition.
Councillor Steve Evans, Wolverhampton City Council’s Cabinet Member for Adults, commented:
“This is excellent news for Wolverhampton and demonstrates our ongoing commitment to deliver first class dementia services within the city.”
The city council recognises the need to improve the quality of care for people with dementia and has developed its own Dementia Strategy Forward Plan to meet four key objectives set out in the national dementia strategy: to improve personal support for people in the community, to improve the experience of living in a care home, to develop an informed and effective workforce and the provision of good quality housing and Telecare support.
The Good Practice Compendium highlights the Wolverhampton City Council’s work with the University of Worcester to develop bespoke training for staff working for the city council, health organisations and in the independent sector. This work will, in turn, improve the quality of care for people with dementia living in local care homes.
A series of courses have been established: a six-day course for managers to help them lead services for people living with dementia; a 12-day course concentrating on specialist practice in dementia for “dementia champions”; and a third course aimed at commissioners and quality monitoring staff. Sarah Norman, Wolverhampton City Council’s Director for Adults and Community, commented:
“These three courses are aimed at people who work across all the health and social care services for people with dementia and the aim is for local service managers to feel empowered to come up with solutions to common problems within their own service settings, but also across their respective service boundaries.
Information about the various aspects of this project may also be obtained from:
Wiggins, H. (2011). Good Practice compendium: an assets approach to
“Living well with dementia: a National Dementia Strategy”.
Leeds: Department of Health (Social Care, Local Government & Care Partnerships), January 10th 2011. (Dementia Gateway reference no. 15374).