Emer­gency ser­vices in de­men­tia pledge

Macclesfield Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER - KAREN BRIT­TON

PO­LICE of­fi­cers, fire crews and am­bu­lance staff have signed a pledge to train up of­fi­cers to help res­i­dents with de­men­tia.

Lead­ers of Cheshire Con­stab­u­lary, Cheshire Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice and North West Am­bu­lance Ser­vice have signed a com­mit­ment to sup­port peo­ple in the com­mu­nity who are liv­ing with de­men­tia.

They say that as of­fi­cers are called to peo­ple’s homes they are able to spot when res­i­dents are un­well and re­port con­cerns to keep peo­ple safe.

The pledge, named the Emer­gency Ser­vices Strate­gic Com­mit­ment on De­men­tia, means more train­ing for of­fi­cers to spot the warn­ing signs of de­men­tia and how to deal with them.

Janette McCormick, act­ing chief con­sta­ble of Cheshire Con­stab­u­lary, said: “De­men­tia touches the lives of mil­lions of peo­ple and many of these peo­ple come into con­tact with the po­lice. That is why we have al­ready un­der­taken a large amount of work to sup­port peo­ple liv­ing with the con­di­tion. This in­cludes a scheme to give our of­fi­cers and staff spe­cial­ist knowl­edge when deal­ing with peo­ple with de­men­tia.

“We have also rolled out the Her­bert Pro­to­col, for car­ers to com­plete an on­line form list­ing vi­tal in­for­ma­tion should rel­a­tives ever go miss­ing.”

The agen­cies prom­ise to have pro­ce­dures in place to sup­port col­leagues who be­come car­ers or de­velop de­men­tia them­selves.

Paul Han­cock, chief of­fi­cer of Cheshire Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice, said: “Cheshire Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice car­ries out thou­sands of vis­its each year to the homes of vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple, in­clud­ing those with de­men­tia, as part of our Safe and Well strat­egy.

“We are al­ways look­ing to im­prove the ser­vice we pro­vide to the most vul­ner­a­ble and this com­mit­ment with our part­ners is an im­por­tant step to do­ing that.”

Derek Cartwright QAM, chief ex­ec­u­tive of North West Am­bu­lance Ser­vice, said: “De­men­tia touches so many lives and our front­line crews are of­ten the first point of call when peo­ple sim­ply do not know where else to turn.

“I hope we can work to­gether to im­prove the care of de­men­tia suf­fer­ers and en­sure they re­ceive the sup­port they and their loved ones need.”

To regis­ter a friend or fam­ily mem­ber on the Her­bert Pro­to­col visit c h e s h i re. p o l i c e. u k / ad­vice- and- sup­port / miss­ing-per­sons/her­bert­pro­to­col/.

With the Emer­gency Ser­vices Strate­gic Com­mit­ment on De­men­tia are Paul Han­cock (chief of­fi­cer of Cheshire Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice), Janette McCormick (act­ing chief con­sta­ble of Cheshire Con­stab­u­lary) and David Kitchen (deputy direc­tor of op­er­a­tions for the North West Am­bu­lance Ser­vice)

Stu­art Fearn from award spon­sor AKW (left) with Cheshire East Coun­cil’s home adap­tions team: Karen White­head, Ali­son Har­ris, An­gela Davies and Sarah Wild­ing

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