One year from the publication of the Challenge on Dementia 2020 Implementation Plan in March 2016, Dementia: Quality of Care 2017 is taking place to provide the opportunity to discuss the quality and consistency of dementia care across England, the initial outcomes of pilot programmes that have been created and the emerging innovations to ensure high standards of care and support for those with dementia and their families.
There are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2025. This will soar to 2 million by 2051. Risk reduction, health and care, awareness and social action, and research have been identiﬁed as the core themes that together would possible reduce these figures and make England the world-leader in dementia care.
Attending this national conference delegates will have the opportunity to learn from the organisations across the country contributing to the challenge. City devolution deals across England have the potential to provide an unprecedented opportunity to raise the quality of life for people living with dementia and in Greater Manchester, the scale of ambition is unparalleled. With the programme “Dementia United” the city is looking to transform the lived experience for people with dementia for today, but also to be at the vanguard of how health and care services are delivered in the future.
Public understanding and engagement in dementia is increasing and different sectors are becoming dementia-friendly to overcome the potential challenges facing the aim of England to become the most dementia friendly society in the world by 2020. For example, NHS England is working with ten Healthy New Towns demonstrator sites to shape the health of communities, and to rethink how health and care services can be delivered.
Dementia: Quality of Care 2017 will explore the best practices that are moving England forward to be the best place in the world to live well with dementia. A place where people with dementia can get the support they need every day of the year, whether that be at home, in residential care, hospital or in the wider community.