[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 2 Issue 6, January 2012].
This report looks at the impact of current policy on the commissioning of effective dementia services. It offers 20 recommendations for health and wellbeing boards regarding their role in improving dementia care. It asks for outcome indicators covering dementia to be developed for the 2012/13 NHS Outcomes Framework, and 2012/13 Public Health and Adult Social Care Outcomes Frameworks, and calls for a National Dementia Experience Survey to record and monitor the experiences of care received by people with dementia.
There are sections on the subjects of achieving an integrated approach to dementia services, delivering the information revolution for dementia care, improving funding arrangements for dementia services and a new approach to commissioning on the basis of quality and user involvement.
A number of illustrative case-studies are mentioned, including:
- The Royal College of Nursing’s “Commitment to the care of people with dementia”.
- Dementia Day Centres (Age Concern Sheffield).
- Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council’s use of new technology to integrate health and social care services.
Common and complex: commissioning effective dementia services in the new world. London: Alzheimer’s Society and MHP Health Mandate, December 2011.