Action Plan

The Butterfly Scheme provides an education-based, fully-supported dementia care approach to hospitals and healthcare teams. Everything healthcare organisations need in order to enable delivery by the whole staff team is provided by the Scheme, from on-site interactive teaching to templated support materials and online evaluation.

Commitment 1 - Relating to:

As it always has, the Butterfly Scheme gives hospital teams insight and skills so that a whole-team dementia care approach can be delivered, reducing distress and increasing well-being and safety for people with dementia in a hospital setting. Anyone without a dementia diagnosis but needing the scheme’s support whilst in hospital will have that fact flagged up to the GP in their discharge letter, with a recommendation for memory assessment, thus promoting the chance for diagnosis and support.


How will your organisation achieve Commitment 1?


This is at the core of everything the Butterfly Scheme does.

  • 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:

As it always has, the Butterfly Scheme promotes choice for people living with dementia. The Butterfly Scheme is opt-in; advocacy is provided if the individual needs it for the opt-in process. Person-centred care has always been at the heart of the scheme; easy-reference person-centred care guidance is built into the system and healthcare teams are encouraged add to build on that information if the patient and carer are happy for them to do so.


How will your organisation achieve Commitment 2?


The scheme, advised by focus groups of people living with dementia, always fought for the right of people living with dementia to be able to self-identify in order to receive care appropriate to their needs. We believe that identification without that opt-in process would be tantamount to labelling. It is crucial that self-identification is used to trigger appropriate care, rather than simply act as an admin tool.

  • We have the right to be recognised as who we are, to make choices about our lives including taking risks, and to contribute to society. Our diagnosis should not define us, nor should we be ashamed of it.

Commitment 3 - Relating to:

As it always has, the Butterfly Scheme believes that only with insight and skills from healthcare teams can people living with dementia be able to access the whole range of healthcare services, treatments and procedures available to people not living with dementia.


How will your organisation achieve Commitment 3?


The Butterfly Scheme will continue to support the education of healthcare teams so that they are confident to facilitate access to all services, treatments and procedures for people living with dementia.

  • 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 4 - Relating to:

2018 has seen the Butterfly Scheme broadening out to provide an integrated approach across further services. Based on established hospital and healthcare settings, the scheme can now successfully include allied healthcare services and hospice care.


How will your organisation achieve Commitment 4?


Costs of travel prevent attendance at national meetings (and this is a national organisation), but the scheme stands firm as part of the national group.

  • We have the right to continue with day to day and family life, without discrimination or unfair cost, to be accepted and included in our communities and not live in isolation or loneliness.