There are estimated to be over 670,000 people in the UK acting as primary and unpaid carers for people with dementia, and, by 2030, the cost of skills and experience lost from the workforce due to dementia will rise from £628 million to £1.16 billion.
In 2015-16, The Charity for Civil Servants held a number of face-to-face consultation sessions with carers across the UK to establish the difficulties they may face in their caring role, and envisaged a new service delivery that could address these needs. Some of the main problems carers identified were lack of information (or a lack of awareness) of what was available, how to access support, and not having time to research what was available.
In partnership with Dementia UK, The Charity for Civil Servants has launched a new support service that will meet the identified need for specialist advice, information and support for people with specific conditions, and their carers.
Due to the current global situation, face-to-face workplace sessions are currently on hold, but we are able to offer the remaining two approaches for help:
Group virtual clinics led by an Admiral Nurse
These will feature a themed presentation and Q&A session. We understand that some people may not be able to access Zoom via their workplace IT systems and would encourage them to use personal devices wherever possible.
1:1 bookable telephone consultation with an Admiral Nurse
These are underpinned and accessed via a suite of digital self-help resources, providing an escalation route to the above sessions, if required. The site features videos, downloads and information curated into a ‘frequently asked questions’ function, as researched from the Admiral Nurse helpline.
The service is available for a limited time period and sessions and appointments are subject to availability.
Use the dementia support service.