The Dementia Challenge
07 February 2015
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.