Earlier this year, a new partnership was formed between Sitra, the Housing LIN and the Association for Dementia Studies (University of Worcester). This partnership developed a number of courses that were specifically tailored to help housing providers – both general needs and specialised providers – to understand the role that they could play in supporting people with dementia living in the community.
Professor Dawn Brooker, International expert on Dementia, leads Day 1 of the strategic leaders event and here reflects on the importance of the course.
“If you’re wondering why managers in the housing sector should be interested in dementia, read on. The housing sector has a vital role to play in helping people with dementia to live well as most people with dementia live in their own homes, including sheltered housing, extra care and general needs housing. With the number of people living with dementia set to double over the next 30 years, having an informed and skilled workforce is essential for improving care and support for people with dementia and their carers and as a manager you are a key part of this picture.
In order to be an effective leader and manager you need to have the right knowledge and new courses have been developed specifically for managers in the housing sector, so whether you are a manager working at a strategic level or an operational scheme manager, there is a course to suit you.”
The Strategic Leaders Programme a 2-day course, was recently held in Birmingham in July, and received excellent reviews. It covered a range of topics including person-centred care, the enriched model of dementia care and how it relates to practice, and the VIPS framework. The course also provided an insight into developing best practice around housing and dementia, helping you to appreciate ‘what good looks like.’
I was involved in delivering some of the sessions, and attended the review day for the course, where participants talked about how they had implemented the learning. I was inspired at the progress that organisations had made including:-
- Work taken place with property services team and in the process of setting up dementia friendly brief for all new developments and for cyclical planned work.
- Visits made to over 400 older residents – providing a fantastic opportunity to understand what they want from services to support their continued independence.
- Senior Directors have attended dementia champions training. They are now rolling out dementia friends training to five hundred care and support and housing staff including the chief contractor, handypersons and voids services
Recent research carried out by the Housing LIN into the skilling up the general needs housing sector around Dementia highlighted the need for a bespoke course. I am really pleased that Sitra, Housing LIN and ADS have formed this exciting partnership to put this into action. We are running another strategic leaders course on the 25th and 26th November in London and taking bookings now – for more details check our the Sitra site here.