Around 670,000 people in England live with dementia and in the next 30 years, this figure is expected to double.
In 2012, the Prime Minister’s Dementia Challenge marked a major milestone for dementia care in England. A forecast of rapidly increasing prevalence highlighted a need for greater resource and financial investment. Across the South of England alone, £9million was invested. This investment was paired with challenging targets and a clear focus on increasing diagnosis rates. More recently, a shift of emphasis towards post diagnostic support and sign-posting to services has continued the momentum on service improvements in both the commissioning and provision of care.
Thames Valley SCN has a number of work streams within its programme of work for dementia. These are:
- Administration and management of the Strategic Dementia Forum. A collaborative group of strategic leads from Public Health, Health Education Thames Valley, Oxford Academic Health Science Network, and The Alzheimer’s Society. This group meets quarterly with the aim of sharing local knowledge, best practice and reducing duplication.
- Supporting CCGs and providing data analysis of dementia diagnosis rates. Using published data sets to monitor and interpret local activity against a national ambition of 67% diagnosis rate.
- Dementia Friendly GP Practices. Supporting the creation of three exemplar GP Practices in Thames Valley with a focus on enhancing the physical environment, raising staff awareness and training and improving internal processes to support patients and carers more effectively. A fourth scheme is also underway to improve GP Practice staff awareness and training across Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead.
- Mapping Post Diagnostic Services. The creation of an interactive map which shows the location and services available across Thames Valley.
- Collaborative event on ‘Dementia Variation’ in partnership with Oxford Academic Health Science Network 16 September 2015.
The pilot report from our GP Dementia Friendly sites is now available (August 2016)