Strategic Dementia Forum

The Thames Valley Strategic Dementia Forum is a collaborative forum which is managed as a partnership between four strategic bodies: Health Education England, Public Health England, Oxford Academic Health Science Network and the Thames Valley Strategic Clinical Network.  Patient and carer representation is also provided by The Alzheimer’s Society.

Each partner brings a unique aspect or lens on dementia service improvement from prevention to new technologies and research to the patient and carer perspective on service availability and quality.  Collectively, this forum provides a rounded view of dementia services and ensure whole-system intelligence and oversight.  The Dementia Forum focuses on maintaining good quality care, ensuring capability for the future, driving innovation and adoption, and promoting healthier lifestyles to reduce the burden of disease.

Ways of Working

  • All organisations within the Forum will remain autonomous.
  • Active discussion and all partnership agreements will be made during quarterly meetings, with representation from each strategic partner: PHE, HEE, AHSN, SCN and AS.
  • The Forum Chair will be a Clinical Director from TV SCN or on a rotational basis if members wish.
  • Representation will be invited from CCGs, acute trusts, community hospitals and services, local authorities, care homes and care home in-reach teams as the agenda dictates.
  • Task and finish groups will be identified and agreed by the Forum, led by members and shared for the mutual benefit of all member organisations.  A dementia patient and/or carer representative will be appointed to provide insight and recommendation based on experience.
  • Thames Valley SCN will manage all aspects of administration
  • The Forum will not have any budget. However, the SCN will manage any incidental costs relating to administration such as venue costs etc.

Note: The Dementia Forum will NOT impact on any local agreements or funding arrangements

Objectives

Whilst the Fourm’s objectives will be defined by the Forum itself, it is anticipated that these will underpin the four strategic partner aspects of: maintaining good quality care, ensuring capability for the future, driving innovation and adoption, and promoting healthier lifestyles to reduce the burden of disease. Specific objectives may also include:

  • To facilitate collaboration and partnership working
  • To provide strategic direction based on whole-system oversight
  • To maintain regional alignment to national strategies
  • To provide a two-way channel to the national team and National Clinical Director
  • To keep abreast of national excellence and identify excellence within Thames Valley
  • To draw on the experience of patients and carers in evaluating service provision
  • To provide the right environment to build capacity for leadership