Dementia Leadership Award (LEAD)

The Gloucestershire Dementia Link Worker (DLW) and Dementia Leads Award (DLA) are changing Find out more.

The Role of the Dementia Lead (DL)

The 2009 National Dementia Strategy stated that all health & social care staff need to own the skills necessary to provide best quality dementia care, achieved through training & continuous development.

 Within Gloucestershire the DL role has been developed to;

  • Provide & sustain excellent person-centred care within Gloucestershire.
  • Support & facilitate the development of expertise within the counties health & social care workforce.
  • Improve the lives of people with dementia and their carers who access your service in collaboration with others that you work with

Supporting people living with dementia requires a high level of competence which includes competence in emotional and empathetic skills, respecting people as unique individuals, and having the confidence to challenge negative attitudes associated with dementia.

In the wake of the Francis Inquiry, and following the identification of serious challenges in some health and social care settings there has been a national emphasis on clarifying the learning outcomes, competencies and standards of behaviour expected of health and social care workers with a focus on the need for compassionate, quality care.

The Dementia Lead Role is a key part of the multi-agency Dementia Training & Education Strategy for Gloucestershire and plays a key role in supporting the above.

What does a Dementia Lead do?

There is no county wide job description as this will depend on the DL’s role within their organisation or team. Expectations of the role should be discussed carefully, with their line manager.

The DL will promote the following within their workforce utilising key members of staff (where possible DLWs) 

  • challenging negative attitudes and practice, promoting best practice.
  • supporting people to receive information, advice and support services.
  • developing person centred care plans.

The DL role is to drive and support change. This will require close support of other staff within their organisation to develop and deliver on an action plan that will utilise their knowledge and skills.

There is an expectation that the DL will continue to develop their knowledge and skills by attending the support forums or dementia events (the dates will be circulated to the DL on completion of the course).  

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