This guide aims to set out the policy drivers and strategic context for transforming dementia care, and why it is of importance to commissioners, providers and sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) in supporting delivery of a number of objectives in the Department of Health’s Prime Minister’s challenge on dementia 2020, published February 2015, which complements the aims of the Five Year Forward View, published in October 2014.
It provides local services with evidence on what works in dementia care, headline access and quality benchmarks to support a reduction in unwarranted variation and draws on a number of good practice case studies throughout. Its overarching aim is to ensure that people with dementia, and their carers, receive good care and support; that no one has to wait months for an assessment of dementia.
This guide is important, not only for the NHS but for people with dementia and their carers too. It demonstrates our commitment to improving the quality of dementia care across the whole country, building on improvements to date and ensuring that we can provide excellent care and support for those who need it.
This guidance was co-produced by a national expert reference group (ERG) comprising experts by experience, clinicians, service managers, commissioners, academics, people with dementia, carers and others. Local service design should be similarly co-produced to meet the needs of the local population.