What is the UK national dementia strategy in the UK?
In 1980 it is thought that dementia affected over 700,000 people and cost the UK over 17 billion pounds.
By the year 2038 it is estimated the there will be over 1.4 million sufferers with a cost of over 50 billion pounds.
With this in mind the UK Government has identified dementia as a national priority and launched the national dementia strategy across the UK
So in February 2009 the Department for Health has launched the first ever National Dementia Strategy for England. It is aimed at improving the lives of sufferers and care support workers of people with dementia over the next 5 years.
17 recommendations are made in the report that the Government wants the NHS, care services and local authorities to take to improve dementia care services.
In the Strategy the government also recommends three key steps to improve the quality of life for people with dementia and their carers. They are:
- Ensure better knowledge of dementia and remove the stigma.
- Ensure early diagnosis, support and treatment for people with dementia and their family and carers.
- Develop services to meet changing needs better.
The 17 recommendations of the National Dementia Strategy
The National Dementia Strategy and what the Government wants the strategy to achieve are:
- Raise awareness of dementia and encourage people to seek help.
- Good quality, early diagnosis, support and treatment for people with dementia and their carers, explained in a sensitive way.
- Good quality information for people with dementia and their carers.
- Easy access to care, support and advice after diagnosis.
- Develop structured peer support and learning networks.
- Improve community personal support services for people living at home.
- Implement the new deal for carers.
- Improve the quality of care for people with dementia in general hospitals.
- Improve intermediate care for people with dementia.
- Consider how housing support, housing related services, technology and telecare can help support people with dementia and their carers.
- Improve the quality of care for people with dementia in care homes.
- Improve end of life care for people with dementia.
- An informed and effective workforce for people with dementia.
- A joint commissioning strategy for dementia.
- Improve assessment and regulation of health and care services and of how systems are working.
- Provide a clear picture of research about the causes and possible future treatments of dementia.
- Effective national and regional support for local services to help them develop and carry out the strategy.
The above is just a very brief look at the National Dementia Strategy and some of its objectives that it sets out in the report.
You can view the report in more detail. Please visit here or you can watch a short video by the National Clinical Director for Dementia Professor Alistair Burns as he introduces the first of his videos on the National Dementia Strategy below.
To get copies of this accessible summary booklet sent to your home, or a copy of the full-length National Dementia Strategy, you can get the report by any of the following:
Or write to:
DH Publications Order line
PO Box 777
London SE1 6XH
Or you can telephone: 0300 123 1002 for your copy