Action Plan

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) helps people to live better for longer. We lead, shape and fund health and social care in England, making sure people have the support, care and treatment they need, with the compassion, respect and dignity they deserve. DHSC is a ministerial department, supported by 28 agencies and public bodies.

Commitment 1 - Relating to:

The Department of Health and Social Care has established the Meaningful Care for People with Dementia Oversight Group which is identifying and proposing pragmatic, achievable, high impact changes to improve the care that people receive after having a diagnosis of dementia. It is achieving this by bringing together key partners from across the health and care system to oversee the work of three time limited Task and Finish Groups. The Task and Finish Groups are focusing on identifying high impact interventions and will deliver tangible products to support those interventions in the three priority areas below. It will do this by building on existing work and initiatives wherever possible to avoid duplication of effort. The Task and Finish groups are:

 

  • Clarity of the offer for commissioners, providers and people affected by dementia.
  • Experience and satisfaction measures co-produced with people with dementia and carers to inform the design and quality assurance of services.
  • Supporting the development of a skilled workforce in dementia care.

 

How will your organisation achieve Commitment 1?

 

The task and finish groups each have specific outputs to deliver. They are: The clarity of the offer for commissioners, providers and people affected by dementia task and finish group is developing guidance for commissioners and people with dementia and their carers setting out the health and social care offer people with dementia and their carers should be receiving after a diagnosis of dementia. The experience and satisfaction measures task and finish group is developing a resource to support services to have mechanisms in place to capture and act on the views of service users as part of the quality assurance for services and to ensure that service users are involved in co-design of any service developments. The supporting the development of a skilled workforce task and finish group is updating guidance for employers on equipping the workforce with the right skills and approaches to be genuinely dementia friendly and exploring how this should be implemented.

  • We have the right to an early and accurate diagnosis, and to receive evidence based, appropriate, compassionate and properly funded care and treatment, from trained people who understand us and how dementia affects us. This must meet our needs, wherever we live.

Commitment 2 - Relating to:

A Citizens Engagement Programme has been established to ensure that the actions in the Implementation Plan to the 2020 Dementia Challenge are making a positive difference to people’s day to day lives and to make recommendations that will inform the review of progress on the 2020 challenge.

 

How will your organisation achieve Commitment 2?

 

The Department of Health and Social Care has appointed Opinion Research Services (ORS) to oversee the management of the Dementia 2020 Citizens’ Engagement Programme. ORS are currently in the process of recruiting volunteers to join the Citizens Engagement Panel. ORS will be conducting quarterly surveys up until 2019 to assess progress as well as running small group discussion sessions and interviews. The results of the first survey will be issued shortly.

  • We have the right to be respected, and recognised as partners in care, provided with education, support, services, and training which enables us to plan and make decisions about the future.

Commitment 3 - Relating to:

Join Dementia Research is a UK-wide service that makes it easy for anyone, with or without memory problems, to take part in dementia research and help accelerate progress in this vital area. The 2020 Dementia Challenge target is that by 2020 we would wish to see 10 percent of people diagnosed with dementia participating in research.

 

How will your organisation achieve Commitment 3?

 

The service is funded by the Department of Health and Social Care and it is delivered in a partnership with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), Alzheimer Scotland, Alzheimer’s Research UK and Alzheimer’s Society. The partnership will continue to raise awareness of Join Dementia Research.

  • We have the right to know about and decide if we want to be involved in research that looks at cause, cure and care for dementia and be supported to take part.