Scotland’s National Dementia Strategy
The National Dementia Strategy was published in June 2010; it provides a long-term objective of transformational change and a more immediate focus on changes within the next three years. It is built around the Charter of Rights for People with Dementia.
The Strategy identified key challenges that must be addressed in order to make improvements to outcomes for people with dementia and their carers, these include:
- Information and support after diagnosis for those with dementia and their carers is poor or non-existent.
- General healthcare services do not always understand how to respond well to people with dementia and their carers, leading to poor outcomes
- Family members and people who support and care for people with dementia do not always receive the help they need to protect their own welfare and to enable them to go on caring safely and effectively.
The Strategy outlined two key priorities:
- Work to improve the support and information that people with dementia and their carers receive following diagnosis.
- Work to improve the response to dementia in general hospital settings, including alternatives to admission and better planning for discharge.
A report was published in June 2011 marking progress under the first year of the Strategy, developments included:
- The publication of standards of care for dementia to provide national consensus on the level and quality of provision people with dementia should expect from local services. These are to be used to assess services to identity areas for improvement and help people with dementia (and their supporters) understand and assert their rights.
- The publication of skills and knowledge framework designed to improve staff training around particular needs of people with dementia. Defining four levels of knowledge and skills, it is for all staff working in health and social care settings.
A second year report was published in June 2012
The Strategy is due for review by 2013.