This guidance sets out specifications for a specialist memory assessment service for people with a possible or suspected diagnosis of dementia.
The guidance is drawn from existing service specifications across the South West, positive practice, and advice provided by a range of commissioners, providers, and people with lived experience.
The guidance is intended to be a resource and tool to inform the commissioning and delivery of Memory Services in the South West in 2011/12 and beyond. It is in line with the National Dementia Strategy (2009) and the NHS Operating Framework 2011/12. It offers a focus and guidance on capacity planning for Memory Services, and includes the role of the General Practitioner in the memory assessment and diagnosis pathway.