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Improving the quality of life for those living with dementia

Published Tuesday, 15th November 2011

Councillor Tracey Simpson-Laing, Cabinet Member for Health, Housing and Adult Social Services will be asked to approve the North Yorkshire and York Dementia Strategy at a decision session on Tuesday

Councillor Tracey Simpson-Laing, Cabinet Member for Health, Housing and Adult Social Services will be asked to approve the North Yorkshire and York Dementia Strategy at a decision session on Tuesday 22 November.

Cllr Simpson-Laing will also be asked to agree and sign up to the Dementia Declaration and approve the local plan to deliver the strategy in York, which will improve the quality of life for those living with dementia.

The North Yorkshire and York Strategy outlines the high level information about dementia services in the whole of the Primary Care Trust (PCT) area, and provides an outline framework for action to address the objectives of the original National Dementia Strategy. 

North Yorkshire and York Primary Care Trust have been leading on this work since 2009, to develop a joint local dementia strategy, covering both City of York Council and North Yorkshire County Council. 

The report of the York Working Group provides a more detailed review of the services for people living with Dementia in York.  During the development of the report progress has already been made with the city in respect of the objectives of the national strategy, with work on a local pathway led by local GPs, and the commissioning of a new memory advisor service by the previous GP commissioning group in York. 

Care home providers have started to share good practice, across the independent sector and council providers, and social care commissioners have begun to work more closely with care homes to assure and improve quality.

The Dementia Declaration was signed by 45 organisations in October 2010.  Created in partnership with people with dementia and their carers. The Declaration explains the huge challenges presented to our society by dementia and some of the outcomes we are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. Outcomes range from ensuring people with dementia have choice and control over decisions about their lives, to feeling a valued part of family, community and civic life. 

Commitment to the Declaration requires publication of the Action Plan setting out what the council will do to secure these outcomes and improve the quality of life of people with dementia by 2014.

The Action Plan is a response from the council to the York Dementia Working Group report, and shows what can be achieved within the resources currently available to the council.  It also addresses the commitment requested through the Dementia Declaration.

Councillor Tracey Simpson-Laing, said: "Dementia is one of the greatest challenges facing our ageing society, so this report gives a good sense of where, collectively, providers and commissioners believe the priorities lie in York. I'm pleased to see that this takes into consideration the council's review of residential care homes and the proposal to develop more community based care and improve the quality of care homes."