David Watts, Director of Adult
Services, introduced the report. The panel were advised that in
response to a request for further information Susan
Commissioning Officer had been
invited to attend to give a more detailed information about
progress of work being done to identify and support people with a
diagnosis of dementia. The Commissioning Officer introduced Tom
Denham, Head of Provider Services, to the panel.
The Commissioning Officer
advised that there are number of known types of dementia which can
affect a person’s behaviour very differently. The
Commissioning Officer explained the challenges to detecting early
signs of the condition and the range of support available. The
Commissioning Officer briefed the panel on the headline data and
the estimates of the numbers of people affected was expected to
increase by over 50 percent by 2035. At
present 3000 people in Wolverhampton are affected by
Wolverhampton is performing
well against national and local comparators.
The Commissioning Officer gave
details of the work done by members of Wolverhampton Dementia
Action Alliance and the development of the strategy. The examples
ranged from Wolverhampton Grand Theatre holding a dementia friendly
café which has been very people with a 100 people attending,
Radio WM doing live broadcast to promote awareness, West Park
provide dementia café events which have been very popular
and there is a waiting list of people wanting to get involved. The
Commissioning Officer commented on the intergenerational work done
with schools to engage local children in raising awareness of the
illness and improve understanding.
A promotional video of the
work done by Wolverhampton Dementia Action Alliance was shown to
The strategy is underpinned by the JSNA which
can provide a wealth of data and support the multi-agency approach
that has been updated. The work has
good representation from members of the third sector and there are
plans to look at risk factors of developing dementia and include
them in future health checks. The
Commissioning Officer commented on the work done to support black
and minority groups and gave examples of the challenges in
responding the needs of this group, with a focus on making small
changes that can help improve the quality of care given.
Officer commented on the main challenges to moving the strategy
forward, such as people living longer with more complex health
issues and working with partners to get the right services. The
situation is complicated by the different eligibility rules and
situations where the person affected lacks capacity to make
informed decisions about their care arrangements.
Tom Denham, Head of
Provider Services, advised the panel that Blakenhall Day Services
supports about 35 people with a diagnosis of dementia. Carers are
supported by Blakenhall in that they experience a period of respite
while the person they care for attends the service.
The Head of Provider
Services added that fortnightly meetings are held with colleagues
in partner organisations to look at services offered to people with
a dementia diagnosis and their families. The current public
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