[This abstract first appeared in: Dementia Newsletter RWHT Volume 1 Issue 4 November 2010].
Dementia is a national priority for the Scottish administration, and this strategy reflects the importance of this agenda. It reinforces significant work already underway in Scotland in key areas including early diagnosis, improving care pathways, and public awareness.
The Scottish National Dementia Strategy runs broadly in parallel with the National Dementia Strategy for England, featured in earlier issues of this newsletter.
It will be of interest in that it shows how Scotland aims to transform its dementia services, in particular by ensuring all staff who provide care and support are skilled and knowledgeable about dementia.
Other priorities include significantly improving care pathways and improving integration of health and social care services (including better information sharing). Earlier diagnosis and higher rates of diagnosis of dementia are recognized to be important, as is working to reduce the use of psychoactive drugs.
This report includes sections on:
- The rights of people with dementia and their carers.
- Key challenges.
- Preparatory changes to deliver world-class dementia care and treatment.
- Actions to support the change programme.
- An outline scheme for monitoring the implementation of the strategy.
Scotland’s National Dementia Strategy. Edinburgh: The Scottish Government, June 2010 (appeared online on October 6th 2010).