dct in Exeter, Devon

Prime Minister's Challenge on Dementia 2020

Prime Minister's Challenge on Dementia 2020

The Prime Minister’s challenge on dementia 2020 set out more than 50 specific commitments that aim to make England the world-leader in dementia care, research and awareness by 2020. The implementation plan sets out how these commitments will be met. It sets out priority actions, and the organisation responsible, across 4 themes:

  • risk reduction
  • health and care
  • awareness
  • social action

Also attached is a Dementia self-assessment framework that has been developed by DH to compare current dementia care with the best practice criteria. This tool has been developed to ensure implementation of the nursing contribution to dementia care, including the 6Cs and dementia pathway. It aims to help nurses and care staff evaluate dementia services and what they need to do to improve their provision. It will also allow the sharing of good practice and learning on a wider scale.

It is for use by health and social care staff, as well as wider teams and organisations when:

  • considering changes to improve practice
  • developing a plan
  • reviewing progress around their involvement in dementia care across the whole pathway

The contribution to the dementia care pathway by nurses and care staff includes:

  • increasing basic awareness
  • reducing stigma,
  • assessing, diagnosing and continuing to support people with dementia and carers through to end of life care