Expressions of interest for funding to improve the surroundings of people living with dementia are currently being accepted from care providers.
Local authorities, working in partnership with social care providers and the NHS, are able to bid for a share of £50 million capital funding (2013-14) which is to be used for improving care environments. The aim is to help people with dementia and their carers manage their condition better. Details of the funding were first outlined on October 25th 2012 by Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt.
Further details, and instructions on how to register an interest / make an application to take part in the programme, are available online.
See also the application guidance document:
Department of Health (2012). Improving the environment of care for people with dementia: NHS and social care guidance for capital funding applications. Leeds: Department of Health (NHS Estates & Facilities Policy / Group Operations & Assurance Directorate), November 30th 2012. Gateway Reference No. 18396.
See also the letter of invitation from David Flory, Deputy NHS Chief Executive provides an overview of the project and a summary of the timeline.
Flory, D. (2012). Dementia friendly environments capital investment and pilot scheme initiative (letter to all NHS and Foundation Trust Chief Executives and Directors of Finance). London: Department of Health, November 30th 2012.
[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 5, January 2013].