The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia (APPG) earlier this month released their proposals for a long-term national plan for dementia. This “Building on the National Dementia Strategy: change, progress and priorities” report has been published five years after the original National Dementia Strategy for England. The new report assesses progress across three key areas of health and social care:
- Support for people with dementia following diagnosis.
- Commissioning high-quality dementia services.
- Developing a skilled effective workforce.
This report also calls for strong local leadership, integrated services and more involvement on the part of people with dementia in commissioning services. APPG recommendations:
- CCG and local authorities should appoint a Dementia Lead to coordinate high-quality integrated services.
- Commissioning of local services should be evidence based, involving cooperation between health and social care and other service providers.
- Joining the dementia workforce needs to become a more valued, rewarding and fulfilling career choice.
Building on the National Dementia Strategy: change, progress and priorities. London: All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia, June 2014.
[A version of this item features in Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 12, July 2014].