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This section provides access to guidance, resources and positive practice to inform commissioning for better outcomes for people living with dementia, and to help achieve dementia-friendly communities.

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Dignity counts when caring for older people

Older people feel that their health problems pose a challenge to their sense of independence, dignity and identity and sometimes the health care they are given makes things worse. According to research funded by UK Research Council’s New Dynamics of Ageing programme (NDA), healthcare providers must avoid taking a ‘blanket view’ of how to help older people cope with the ageing process. Read more »

Better Care Better Value indicators

The Better Care Better Value indicators compiled by the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement identify potential areas for improvement in efficiency whilst improving quality. They can help to stimulate ideas on where commissioners should focus their attention in re-designing and shifting services away from the traditional setting of the hospital and out towards community based care. Read more »