Due to the ageing population in the UK there is a growing need for everyone in society, to build our awareness and increase our knowledge of issues and barriers facing older people .
Our services are designed to support this strategic insight in relation to the End Loneliness and Compassionate Communities campaigns, the 2014 Care Act, Dementia Friendly Communities, 2020 Prime Minister’s Dementia Challenge, Age Friendly cities, Dementia frameworks and the roll out of the Sustainability and Transformation Plans
The government has introduced a myriad of policies to address the ageing population agenda with the integration of services and preventative approaches playing a central part.
This includes provision for:-
Health and Wellbeing Boards
These input into wider policy areas and the common themes require the housing, health and social care across all sectors leading authorities and other organisations to work more effectively together across a number of overlapping strategic areas.
Sustainability and Transformation Plans
The planning and implementation demonstrate an increasing focus on health and social care, to work more closely with housing provision, create models of care with preventative interventions and community-based partnerships. It is anticipated that these new models of care can be delivered by statutory, voluntary, third and private sectors.
Integration of housing with health and social care
Our integration model is based on a pilot Integration Project for older people that took place in 2014. Amanda Siddle, as Head of Neighbourhoods for a council, project managed and worked in partnership with NHS Nottingham West Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and councillors for development and implementation. Extensive consultation with residents and stakeholders linked the housing, health and social care provision in targeted areas. NHS Nottingham West CCG incorporated the continued roll out into their 2014-2016 operational plan and monies were awarded for the project, as well as the implementation of the 2014-2016 older persons group action plan. The newly formed older persons group was attended by partners from the statutory, voluntary, private and third sectors reporting to the Health Partnership group linking with the overarching Health and Wellbeing boards.Nottingham West CCG was subsequently shortlisted for the Health and Journal Awards.
Dementia Friendly Communities is a programme to support the creation of dementia friendly communities across the UK. This is to enable older people to make informed decisions and contribute to their community.
Tomorrow’s Together are dementia champions, active members of the Alzheimers Dementia Action Alliances, have experience of setting up dementia friendly communities ( and subsequently shortlisted for the APSE award ) and the knowledge to support organisations and communities to become dementia and age friendly.
We can deliver on 7 of the 18 commitments in the 2020 Prime Ministers Dementia Challenge which are:-
Commitment 2: Improved public awareness and understanding of the factors, which increase the risk of developing dementia and how people can reduce their risk by living more healthily. This should include a new healthy ageing campaign and access to tools such as a personalised risk assessment calculator as part of the NHS Health Check.
Health & Care
Commitment 4: Every person diagnosed with dementia having meaningful care following their diagnosis, which supports them and those around them in accordance with published National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Quality Standards. Effective metrics across the health and care system, including feedback from people with dementia and carers, will enable progress against the standards to be tracked and for information to be made publicly available.
Commitment 6: All hospitals and care homes meeting agreed criteria to becoming a dementia-friendly health and care setting.
Dementia Awareness and Social Action
Commitment 8: Alzheimer’s Society delivering an additional 3 million Dementia Friends in England, with England leading the way in turning Dementia Friends into a global movement including sharing its learning across the world and learning from others.
Commitment 9: Over half of people living in areas that have been recognised as Dementia Friendly Communities, according to the guidance developed by Alzheimer’s Society working with the British Standards Institute. Each area should be working towards the highest level of achievement under these standards, with a clear national recognition process to reward their progress when they achieve this. The recognition process will be supported by a solid, national evidence base promoting the benefits of becoming dementia friendly.The integration project also included dementia training and dementia friends information sessions to staff, service users, carers , families and friends)
Commitment 10: All businesses encouraged and supported to become dementia friendly, with all industry sectors developing Dementia Friendly Charters and working with business leaders to make individual commitments All employers with formal induction programmes invited to undertake dementia awareness training.
Commitment 11: National and local government taking a leadership role with all government departments and public sector organisations becoming dementia friendly and all tiers of local government being part of a local Dementia Action Alliance. (Dementia UK Update 2014)
Tomorrows Together supports 4 of the 5 NHS England Well Pathway for Dementia;-
Preventing Well-raising awareness, understanding and knowledge about dementia
Diagnosing Well – ensure people get a timely diagnosis
Supporting Well – ensure people get appropriate advice and support
Living Well – enable people with dementia and their carers to live comfortably in their local communities
Sustainability and Transformation Plans
Tomorrows Together supports the six principles for engagement which are: •
Care and support is person centred: personalised, coordinated, and empowering
Services are created in partnership with citizens and communities
Focus is on equality and narrowing inequalities
Carers are identified, supported and involved
Voluntary, community and social enterprise and housing sectors are involved as key partners and enablers
Volunteering and social action are recognised as key enablers