The Everybody’s Business Implementation (EBIT) Group has recently joined the national Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) network. The group started over 4 years ago within Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust and has grown over the years incorporating several partner organisations including Social Services, Fylde and Wyre commissioners, Age UK, Alzheimer’s Society, Carers Point, Help Direct, Care and Repair, n-Compass and agencies representing service users. The EBIT group work together across a number of sectors to reduce stigma and promote awareness and support for people living with dementia, and their carers.
By joining the DAA, the group has signed up to the National Dementia Declaration. This consists of seven outcomes put together with the help of people living with dementia and their families and carers on how they would like to live their lives. These are:
- I have personal choice and control or influence over decisions about me.
- I know that services are designed around me and my needs.
- I have support that helps me live my life.
- I have the knowledge and know-how to get what I need.
- I live in an enabling and supportive environment where I feel valued and understood.
- I have a sense of belonging and of being a valued part of family, community and civic life.
- I know there is research going on which delivers a better life for me now and hope for the future.
Julie Patel, the Chair of the EBIT Group said:
“We are extremely happy to have joined the DAA. The work they do forms a key part of the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia which ties in with the work our group does. With an ageing population, and more people than ever being diagnosed with dementia, it is important that the very best care and support is available to both those with the condition but also their families and carers.”
Mike Banks, Head of Personal Social Care at Lancashire County Council, said:
"As a member of the Fylde and Wyre EBIT, we are very pleased that the group has joined the national Dementia Action Alliance network.
"This shows the commitment we and our partners have to supporting all of the people in our communities who are living with dementia, including promoting dementia awareness among all county council staff."
Fylde MP Mark Menzies, who is a keen supporter of improvements to dementia care, said:
“I was pleased to hear the Fylde and Wyre Everybody’s Business Implementation (EBIT) Group has joined the national Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) network.
“I want Fylde to become a beacon of dementia care and said as much during a recent meeting with the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt MP.
“The work the group does could be vital in helping us achieve this aim because when organisations work together great things can be done to improve lives.”
You can find out more about the EBIT Group’s action plan and the DAA by visiting http://www.dementiaaction.org.uk/.