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Government set to improve the services for the Dementia Community

Author: Nathan | Posted: 7th November 2016 | Category: General News


The Department of Health has revealed plans to introduced a new listening programme, in a bid to find out more about the experiences of people with dementia and their carers.

The programme will incorporate both face-to-face and online methods to help collect different people’s experiences and views of dementia in England. It will aim to focus mainly on dementia awareness and social action, risk reduction, health and care, and research.

The Government hopes that the programme will “help to assess what difference the Dementia Challenge 2020 Implementation Plan is having and where further improvements to the delivery of services and support may be needed at a local level.”

People diagnosed with dementia in the past two years will undertake an online survey, which the Department of Health composed after consulting with people with dementia, their carers and the department’s partner organisations, about their experiences of support and awareness and dementia diagnosis.Those who provide unpaid care for people living with dementia are also invited to complete the survey.

The listening programme follows the release of the government dementia toolkit, which is available to download from the Department of Health website.

The toolkit consists of tips and guidance to help facilitate discussions with people who have dementia and their carers in a sensitive way.

Data and information gained from the new programme will be used during the formal review of the 2020 Implementation Plan in 2018, and will be used as a guide for part of the new listening programme, as local dementia groups will be asked to discuss the questions posed in the survey and feed their findings back to the Government.

The Department of Health is particularly interested in receiving news from people with dementia in diverse communities. “We want to make sure that we hear from as many people as possible, particularly those from diverse communities and those whose voices aren’t often heard. We will be organising specific discussion groups with these communities.”

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