BRIDGEND COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL has entered into a partnership agreement with Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board (UHB) to provide dementia training and development to care staff.

A report presented to the council’s Cabinet at its meeting on Tuesday 9 March said an informal agreement has been in place with the health board since the transition from Abertawe Bro Morgannwg UHB in 2019-20 to ensure the continuity of support to dementia care service providers and allow for a period of review.

The review concluded that the current relationship arrangement provides value for money training, including ongoing support to care providers.

Councillor Nicole Burnett, Cabinet Member for Social Services and Early Help, said: “This partnership will help to continue the development and training of the dementia care workforce to ensure the best support is provided to people living with dementia and their carers, whether supported at home, in a care home, or in hospital.

“This formalised arrangement will provide a cost-effective, sustainable collaboration that will ensure a consistent approach to dementia care delivery to residents.

“While the delivery of training has been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, the service evolved quickly with workshops and e-learning courses being made available. It is hoped face-to-face sessions, including within care homes, can resume alongside online learning when it is safe for them to do so.”

The agreement will run from 1 April 2021 for three years, with the option to extend up to a further six months if needed.