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Commissioning services for people with dementia

Professor Alistair Burns - National Clinical Director for Dementia

Professor Alistair Burns, National Clinical Director for Dementia

Dementia presents a significant and urgent challenge to health and social care both in terms of the number of people affected and the cost of care. It is also a major personal challenge to anyone experiencing symptoms of dementia and to families and carers of people living with dementia.

A response to this challenge is set out in the National Dementia Strategy and our outcomes focused implementation plan.

This highlights four aims:

1. Early diagnosis and interventions; 
2. Better care at home or care home;
3. Better care in hospital;
4. Appropriate use of antipsychotic medication.

 -  all underpinned by improved support for carers.

The Dementia Commissioning Pack provides commissioners with a range of service specifications, tools and templates to help deliver these changes. It sets a standard of what good, integrated dementia care should look like for commissioners, providers, people with dementia and carers alike.

I urge all colleagues in health and social care to use it to make a real difference to the lives of people living with dementia.

(Gateway number: 16035)


The dementia reference group was established to review and advise on content of the Pack. The involvement of leading health and social care experts has provided us with the opportunity to include best practice approaches currently employed in health and social care.

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