Full text of the joint response from East Riding CCG and East Riding Council can be downloaded here.
A brief summary of the responses in December 2014 is as follows:
1. Support for carers upon diagnosis: the Council's Carers Support Service currently works closely with GPs and regularly visits practices to provide information. A referral process is well established that enables GPs to refer carers directly through for a carers assessment, as well as providing information to carers.
2. Improve coordination of carer's support. The Council provides a wide range of support through the Carer's Support Service.
3. Improve coordination between agencies. ERYCCG and the Council have a joint Dementia Strategy, joint Commissioning Strategy, and East Riding of Yorkshire Strategy for Carers. In addition both organisations lead the multi-agency Older People’s Mental Health Working Group which aims to achieve a coordinated pathway for people with dementia and their carers. As we refresh our dementia strategy we will look to review how our organisations, including other partners, can work more closely together to further develop an integrated single pathway of assessment, treatment, care, advice and information.
4. Creation of a "dementia hub". The Alzheimer’s Society are commissioned by the Council to provide a central point. This East Riding Dementia Service provides information on what services and support are available in the East Riding.
5. Dementia Academy model. This is being reviewed by the Older People's Mental Health Action Group.
6. Training for care staff. The Council and Alzheimer’s Society already provide a significant amount of training to carers, both paid carers in domiciliary and residential care, and family carers. We will review all training provided as part of our dementia strategy refresh.
7. Carer's access to benefits. The Council's carer's support team works with and refers carers to a number of other agencies to support them in accessing benefits and entitlements.
8. Language used in communication with carers. The Council supports and consults with the East Riding Carers Advisory Group on communications with carers.
9. Roll out dementia awareness training. The Council is rolling out Dementia Friends training across the organisation and beyond and is seeking to establish a Dementia Action Alliance locally. The Council's Public Health team commissioned a theatre production called Grandma remember me performed at Bridlington Spa to promote dementia awareness amongst the general public.
10. Ensure home adaptations are "dementia friendly". The CQC’s recent report ‘Cracks in the Pathway’ highlights the significance of the right environment to enable people to live well with dementia, and we [East Riding Council] will seek to further integrate these principles into our revised strategy for home adaptations and aids.