Emergency services chiefs from across Kent and Medway have joined forces to unite against dementia by signing a joint strategic commitment to work towards building a more dementia friendly county.
The commitment has been signed (left to right in the picture) by Daren Mochrie, Chief Executive of South East Coast Ambulance Service, Ann Millington, Chief Executive, Kent Fire and Rescue Service and Alan Pughsley, Chief Constable, Kent Police.
The three services – fire, police and ambulance – will work towards ensuring a dementia friendly service is delivered to their local communities, as well as internally ensuring staff have a better understanding of issues around dementia.
The project has been led by Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) who have been national members of the Prime Minister’s Challenge group on dementia since it was formed with The Alzheimer’s Society in 2012.
Ann Millington, CE of KFRS said: “We are delighted to be part of this important commitment with our colleagues in Kent Police and SECAmb. It is a mark of how emergency services in Kent and Medway are working together to support people living with dementia. Our support can be as simple as advice and guidance, through to adapting the way we work to support those with this disease and those who care for them.”
SECAmb CE, Daren Mochrie said: “We are, alongside our emergency service colleagues committed to delivering the best possible care for people living with dementia. I was pleased to have met with Ann and Alan to discuss this important issue and our organisations will continue to work closely together to develop and improve the way we work to support those with this debilitating condition.”
Kent Police’s Chief Constable Alan Pughsley said: “Together with our emergency services partners we have committed to work towards improving the general safety of people living with dementia, their families and carers in Kent. As a force we are ensuring our staff have the necessary awareness, skills and understanding to recognise and support people living with dementia.”