National Dementia Strategy for England
In 2009 The Department of Health launched the first ever National Dementia Strategy for England. Alzheimer's Society worked closely with the government to develop the Strategy.
What is the National Dementia Strategy?
The Strategy is the government's plan which explains what needs to happen to radically transform the quality of life for people with dementia and their carers in the next five years.
The Dementia Strategy sets out 17 recommendations that the government wants the NHS, local authorities and others to take to improve dementia care services. The recommendations are focused on three key themes of:
- Raising awareness and understanding
- Early diagnosis and support
- Living well with dementia
The government announced an extra investment of £150 million to support local services deliver the Strategy.
The Prime Minister's Challenge on dementia
In March 2012, the Prime Minister set a challenge to deliver major improvements in dementia care and research by 2015. The three champion groups were set up to focus on the main areas for action: driving improvements in health and care, creating dementia-friendly communities and improving dementia research.