Melanie Henwood Associates - Health & Social Care Consultancy

Melanie Henwood Associates

Health & Social Care Consultancy

The Dementia Challenge

The Prime Minister's Challenge on Dementia was launched in 2012, aiming to deliver major improvements in dementia care and research by 2015.  A Dementia Challenge Fund was established by NHS South of England to support local developments, and an independent evaluation was commissioned from Henwood Associates, Terry Butler and colleagues at the University of the West of England.

The projects addressed a number of themes including:

  • Dementia friendly communities.
  • Living well at home.
  • Better care in hospitals.
  • Improving diagnosis.
  • End of life care.
  • Reducing anti-psychotic prescribing.
  • Better support for carers.
  • Living well in care homes.

The evaluation report (Slaying the Demon) concludes that much has been achieved, but that this is work in progress.  It is vital for cultural change and new ways of working to be embedded in organisations.  The dementia challenge is not a strategic task that can be achieved within a year or two, and this work will need continued attention and refreshing if it is to achieve maximum potential.



About Melanie Henwood

Melanie Henwood - Health and Social Care Consultant

Melanie Henwood established her health and social care consultancy in 1991; prior to that she held posts at the King's Fund (1989-1991), the Family Policy Studies Centre (1983-1989), and the University of Bath (1981-1983).

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