Developing a vision for the future of dementia policy in England

It is anticipated that the Department of Health will publish its vision for the future of dementia policy in England in early 2015.

The vision is likely to set out the ambition for the outcomes for people with dementia and carers, how to tackle remaining barriers and drive further improvements.

This follows on from the Prime Minister’s 3-year dementia challenge, which ends in March. The document will set a strategic direction for domestic dementia policy to 2020.

The Department of Health is engaging with a range of stakeholders to collect initial evidence and views to inform the vision, through workshops and meetings, including focus groups with people with dementia and carers.

The Department is working with the newly formed Dementia Advisory Group who are providing advice to help inform the development of the dementia vision.

Download the Dementia Advisory Group’s Terms of Reference

The Dementia Advisory Group members include:

  • Chair Clara Swinson, Department of Health
  • Deputy Chair Lorraine Jackson (Deputy), Department of Health
  • Jeremy Hughes, Alzheimer’s Society
  • Tom Wright, Age UK
  • Helena Herklots, Carers UK
  • Bruce Bovill, Carer
  • Joy Watson and Tony Watson, person living with dementia and carer
  • Graeme Whippy, Lloyds Banking Group (representative from the PM Challenge Dementia
  • Friendly Communities Champion Group)
  • Sarah Pickup, Hertfordshire County Council (representative from the PM Challenge Health and Care Champion Group)
  • Martin Rossor, UCL (representative from the PM Challenge Research Champion Group)
  • Paul Lincoln, UK Health Forum
  • Helen Kay, The Local Government Association
  • David Pearson, The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services
  • Hilda Hayo, Chief Executive of Dementia UK
  • Graham Stokes, Chair of Dementia Action Alliance
  • Dawn Brooker, The University of Worcester
  • Martin Knapp, London School of Economics
  • Tim Parry, Alzheimer’s Research UK
  • Simon Chapman, National Council for Palliative Care
  • Jill Rasmussen, Royal College of General Practitioners Dementia Champions
  • Martin Green, Care England
  • Bridget Warr, UK Home Care Association