People in England are living longer. This is positive but brings with it many challenges, including increasing numbers of people living with dementia. Whilst dementia is a terminal condition, early intervention, and access to the right support services can improve the quality of life for those with dementia. The team in the Department of Health (DH) were tasked with building on progress to deliver major improvements in dementia care and research by 2015.
The DH established a cross-sector working group. They used the latest domestic and international evidence, as well as techniques such as mindmapping, to generate innovative and evidence-based options for intervention. They tested their proposed approach with Ministers, leading to the launch of the ‘Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia’.
Working in collaboration with ‘Champion Groups’, the team are seeing real progress in raising awareness and mobilising a wider societal response to dementia.