The Department of Health’s plan to implement the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia 2020, published yesterday, includes proposals to:

  • Make England the most dementia-friendly country in the world by 2020
  • Build on the national post diagnosis support declaration so there are joined up plans for health and care support in each area and a personalised care plan for each patient
  • Pilot a scheme to give those aged 40 and over information about dementia when they have their free NHS health check
  • Include dementia care in Care Quality Commission ratings, so people can compare care across England
  • Improve hospital care for those with dementia, by offering a 7 day service and consultants seeing patients in high-dependency care twice a day, every day, by 2020

United Kingdom Homecare Association Ltd (UKHCA) is working closely with the Department of Health and others on the development of policy to support those with dementia. The importance of homecare in supporting people at home is recognised in the plan, which mentions (in paragraph 5.50) the document “Dementia & Homecare: Driving Quality and Innovation” that UKHCA developed with partners as part of the 2012 to 2015 PM Dementia Challenge.

The 2020 implementation plan builds on the work of the previous challenge and sets out more than 50 specific commitments, across four core themes of risk reduction, health and care, awareness and social action, and research, with detailed plans for up to 2018 and longer term actions for 2018-2020.

You can download the Dementia 2020 Implemention Plan and associated documents here.