This article reviews the consultation process employed in the development of the Fife Dementia Strategy. Stakeholder engagement and involvement was encouraged and had influence on the final strategy. The involvement of people with dementia was considered to be vital, because they are the recipients of the services implemented by this strategy and they comprise the group “most difficult to reach”.
Techniques adopted to encourage participation in the consultation strategy included a consultation document (made available in different forms), posters in public places such as GP surgeries and post offices, and a series of group interviews involving people with dementia, other service users and carers. The importance of including a wide range of stakeholders – i.e. GPs, carers, social workers, nurses, people with dementia, and other people using the services – in the development of local policy is stressed by the authors.
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McCabe, L. and Bradley, BE. (2012). Supporting user participation in local policy development: the Fife Dementia Strategy. Social Policy and Society, April 2012; Vol.11(2): pp.157-169.