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North Wales Dementia Strategy and the Flintshire Local Strategy
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(a) That the Committee notes the progress made to develop a Dementia Strategy for Flintshire in collaboration with Health and Social Care providers, to meet the Council Plan objectives; and
(b) That the further development and implementation of a detailed strategy and action plan to support people living with dementia in Flintshire and their families and carers, in alignment with the North Wales Regional Dementia Strategy that was published in 2020, be supported.
The Cabinet Member for Social Services introduced a report to give an update on the development of a strategy for care and support services for people living with dementia in Flintshire. She provided an overview of the support and numerous activities carried out in Flintshire to improve the lives of people living with dementia and their carers. She also reported on the collaborative work, awareness raising, and training, that the Council undertook with local organisations, businesses, churches, schools, care and nursing homes. The Cabinet Member referred to the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic and said that new and innovative ways of working and maintaining contact had been embraced to ensure people and their carers were not isolated and continued to be involved and received care and support..
The Senior Manager Integrated Services and Lead Adults made reference to the regional dementia strategy and Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) action plan and said it was intended to incorporate some elements of those strategies into the local action plan for Flintshire. She reported that the dementia action plan funding which was part of the Integrated Care Fund programme would continue. She introduced the Wellbeing and Partnership Lead Officer who presented the report.
The Wellbeing and Partnership Lead Officer commented on the future and priorities going forward, commencement of new projects and ideas, opportunity for a regional strategy and sharing of best practice with other authorities. He said the Council was committed to having its own dementia strategy for Flintshire and said that the priorities would be regularly reviewed and updated and set by Social & Health Care professionals, people with experience of dementia, and community groups, and third sector organisations. He reported on the key themes in the Regional Strategy which were health and community and social care focussed (as detailed in the report).
The Lead Officer also referred to the key priorities for the Flintshire Dementia Strategy which were detailed in paragraph 1.04 of the report. He said the Strategy was currently in draft stage and consultation and collaboration was being undertaken with key stakeholders. The completed Strategy would be validated with the Regional Dementia Strategy Steering Group in March 2021 to enable publishing and implementation of the key actions from April 2021.
The Senior Manager Integrated Services and Lead Adults :commented on a new priority concerning night-time support for carers looking after people with dementia, the wrap around service, and support for end of life care.
In response to a comment from the Chair around the confusion a person with dementia might experience due to the number of care workers involved in their care, the Senior Manager Integrated Services and Lead Adults explained that the Council and some agencies had introduced measures to help build a relationship between the service user, their carer, and the care worker. She referred to the use of photographs of the care workers and brief one-page profiles to develop familiarity and build a person centred approach.
Councillor Carol Ellis commented on the increased pressure ... view the full minutes text for item 36