An evaluation of dementia support worker roles

This report presents an evaluation of existing models of community-based support for people with dementia, their families and carers.

The intention is to present practical information, within wider NHS and Social Care policy contexts and drivers, which will inform and assist commissioners and providers in the development of much needed sustainable quality and productivity improvements in dementia services.

The evaluation includes that of reported qualitative and quantitative benefits to local health and social care systems of the models of service delivery, including the role and important competencies of employees of the service and a cost/benefit analysis.

Reference is also made to available published research, a new funding opportunity announced in September 2011, and Department of Health analyses prior to, and following on from, the publication of the national Dementia Strategy (2009).