Scotland’s National Dementia Strategy: One Year On

[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 2 Issue 2, September 2011].


This report reviews progress during the first twelve months following the publication of Scotland’s National Dementia Strategy in 2010. It is the first annual report from the strategy’s Implementation and Monitoring Group.

The first anniversary of the strategy’s implementation has also been marked by the publication of two further documents, namely: Standards of Care for Dementia in Scotland and Promoting Excellence.

The Scotland’s National Dementia Strategy: One Year On report comprises the following sections:

  1. Ministerial foreword.
  2. Common standards of care for dementia.
  3. Skills and knowledge framework
  4. Integrated support for change.
  5. Improved management and outcome information.
  6. Continued work on diagnosis.
  7. Better response to behaviours that staff and carers find challenging.
  8. Accelerated implementation of the Dementia Integrated Care Pathway.
  9. Continued action to support dementia research.

Standards of Care is meant (a) to help people with dementia and their families / carers to assert their rights, (b) to assist in the commissioning and provision of services, and (c) to assist in the scrutiny and inspection of services. Click here for further details.

Promoting Excellence presents the skills and knowledge framework for health and social care staff, with a programme for implementation including updating professional qualifications and educational initiatives.

Dementia services are to be transformed with more integration of health and social care in Scotland; a process already underway with the Change Fund.

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Scotland’s National Dementia Strategy: One Year On Report. Edinburgh: The Scottish Government, June 2011.

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