[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 3 Issue 2, September 2012].
Social care is a new area of responsibility for NICE, following the Health and Social Care Act this year. NICE has published the first two social care quality standards, (a) on dementia care and (b) on the health and wellbeing of looked-after children and young people. Both care quality standards are now open for consultation.
Research indicates that more than a third of people with dementia report only sometimes receiving support. Many want services which are better designed around their needs. The draft quality standard features a number of statements to define high quality care:
- People living with dementia should have a care and support plan based on individual needs.
- People with dementia should be supported to access services that help maintain their physical and mental wellbeing.