[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 2 Issue 10, May 2012].
Health and care organisations are working on improvements to dementia services as defined in the Prime Minister’s Dementia Challenge.
The Dementia Health and Care Champion Group includes representatives from the health sector, social care, local government and charities. The group will take a broad approach to tackling the issue of dementia services, looking into better integration of social care services, the NHS and local government organisations.
The programme aims to deliver major improvements in dementia care, dementia awareness and dementia research by 2015. Three ‘Champion Groups’ are being established to lead the work on each strand.
Actions for improving dementia care will include:
- Improving early diagnosis.
- Recognising, celebrating and spreading best practice.
- Ensuring memory services are available across the country and accredited.
- Improving end of life care for people with dementia.
- Improving housing and social care accommodation: supporting people with dementia to continue to live at home.
- Promoting partnership working between primary and secondary health services and local government.
- Reducing the inappropriate use of antipsychotics for people with dementia.
Co-chairs: Sir Ian Carruthers (NHS South West) and Sarah Pickup (ADASS).
- Alistair Burns (Department of Health)
- Gillian Ayling (Department of Health)
- Andrew Prudames (Department of Health)
- Jonathan Mason (NHS East London and the City)
- Bruce Bovill (carer)
- Alasdair Liddell (NHS Institute)
- Anne Sutton (SE Dementia Group)
- Andrew Dillon (NICE)
- Sue Bailey (Royal College of Psychiatrists)
- Sally Brearley (Nursing and Care Quality Forum)
- Richard Gleave (NHS South West)
- Martin Green (English Community Care Association)
- Dame Jo Williams (CQC)
- Bridget Warr (UK Home Care Association)
- Kate Moore (Alzheimers Society)
- Helena Herklots (Carers UK)
- Iain MacBeath (Hertfordshire County Council)
- Karen Harrison-Dening (Dementia UK)
- Lisa Rodrigues (Sussex Partnership)
- David Loughton (Royal Wolverhampton NHS Foundation Trust)
- Professor Louise Robinson (Royal College of General Practitioners)
- Dr Jill Rasmussen (Royal College of General Practitioners)
- Joanna Killian (Essex County Council)
Other Champion Groups
The Dementia Health and Care Group is one of three set up through the Prime Minister’s Dementia Challenge. The other two are:
Champions of dementia-friendly communities:
Co-chairs: Jeremy Hughes (Alzheimer’s Society) and Angela Rippon.
Champions of better research:
Led by the Ministerial Advisory Group on Dementia Research (MAGDR).
Co-chairs: Dame Sally C. Davies and Sir Mark Walport (Wellcome Trust).