The quality of the workforce is critical to the successful implementation of the Strategy. To support the delivery of improved education and training on dementia, the Department of Health has established a Workforce Advisory Group, chaired by Professor Alistair Burns, National Clinical Director for Dementia.
To support this work the Department has asked Skills for Care and Skills for Health to develop this set of Common Core Principles for Supporting People with Dementia. The principles have been devised by working with employers, people with dementia, carers and provider organisations.
The principles can be used to support workforce development for any member of staff, in any health or social care setting, working with people at any stage of dementia. They can also be used to inform the content of curricula and training courses.