Friday, 26 October 2012

Dementia Engagement & Empowerment Project (DEEP)

Some time ago we contributed to a national project on Engagement and Empowerment.  The report on the Dementia Engagement & Empowerment Project (DEEP) was published on the 24 October. This is available on the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) website. The report describes the findings from the first UK wide survey of groups actively involving or led by people with dementia that have been influencing services and policies affecting the lives of people with dementia. The report (and a Solutions summary) can be downloaded for free:Click Here For The Report

DEEP has also produced a seven minute film (a 20 minute version is also available) showing people with dementia from across the UK talking about their involvement in activities and groups that are influencing services and policies. The films were made at two national events held in 2012 that were part of the project. As well as the films there is an Appendix to the main report which includes a literature review, more detailed information containing the responses from the survey, and transcripts of interviews with groups of people with dementia. These can be seen or downloaded for free:Click Here For DEEP

As part of the new Dementia Without Walls programme, JRF have decided to provide additional and continuing support to DEEP over the next three years. The next phase of DEEP will provide support to existing and new groups of people with dementia. The project will be developed in collaboration with people with dementia, and will include opportunities for sharing resources and ideas, building the capacity of groups and setting up networking opportunities between groups. The project is led by Innovations in Dementia in partnership with the Mental Health Foundation, and supported by the Alzheimer’s Society.

If you would like more information about DEEP please contact Rachael Litherland, email or telephone  01392 420076.


Thursday, 25 October 2012

Quarterly Update

The seasons pass so quickly that we often forget to stop to appreciate what has happened in our lives.  The same can be said for work.

In our latest quarterly update I hope to give you a flavour of what we have been doing recently.


We are proud to have such a diversity of experience and skills within our team.  Over recent months we have added staff with qualifications in:

  • Social Work
  • Training
  • Nursing
  • Physiotherapy
  • Pharmacology


The teams hard work over the previous year was rewarded recently.  Three of the admin team attended a presentation evening where we received our Healthy Working Lives Bronze Award.  Others also presented with their awards included NHS Lanarkshire and Lanarkshire Fire and Rescue.

No sooner was the ceremony over than the pressure was on to achieve our silver award.  Keep an eye out for new announcements and initiatives soon.


Every year Care at Home providers receive an inspection from the regulator.  Thank you to everyone who helped contribute to our self assessment.  Since then Staff, Service Users and their representatives have completed questionnaires on the service.  We are looking forward to our first inspection and will let you know the outcome later in the year.


We have always tried very hard to support people to have their voice heard.  This includes linking with:

  • Disability Groups
  • Carers Groups
  • Advocacy Services
  • Local and National Government
To compliment this we have recently been granted membership of INCLUSION SCOTLAND.  Our membership gives strength to your voice at a national level including the ability to be consulted on new government initiatives.


After a lot of hard work we now have both Android and IOS versions of our COMMUNICATION TOOL.  It continues to be downloaded from countries throughout the world.  To compliment this we have recently launched our PAIN APP.  The app can run on mobile phones and allows the user to record and monitor pain in a simple but effective way.


We recently attended a conference on End of Life Matters in Dumfries.  Organised by DG Voice the conference brought together people who had an interest in end of life care and support from both a personal and professional basis.  The conference was such a great success that a working group is to be established to drive forward positive change in end of life care within Dumfries and Galloway. We have added our name to the working group and hope to be able to offer our support, experience as well as your voice to the discussions.

Hopefully this gives you a flavour of some of the things we have been doing recently.  We are always keen to hear from you, so please get in touch with new ideas for us.