An estimated 93,000 people have dementia in Scotland in 2017. Around 3,200 of these people are under the age of 65. As our population ages, the number of people with dementia will increase; we expect the number to double over the next 25 years.

Focus on Dementia is a national improvement portfolio established by the Scottish Government and based within the ihub of Healthcare Improvement Scotland. We work in partnership with national organisations, health and social care partnerships, people with dementia, and carers to reduce variation and improve quality of care. Taking a whole pathway approach, our work supports:

  1. improvements in diagnosis and post-diagnostic support
  2. integrated care co-ordination in the community
  3. specialist dementia units, and
  4. acute care and advanced care.

All of this work is supporting the implementation of Scotland’s dementia strategies and informing future policy and practice.

Focus on Dementia Heat Map

Please view an overview below of the areas the Focus on Dementia Portfolio is currently engaging with.

Scotland’s National Dementia Strategy 2017-2020

View the Dementia Strategy (PDF) launched on 28 June 2017.

My life, my care home 

In order to understand the extent to which the Standards of Care for Dementia are having an impact, The Care Inspectorate undertook a study in 145 care homes for older people from June 2016 to March 2017. 


Let's talk about dementia 

This blog aims to share the work and practice of the allied health professionals in relation to dementia care. 


Excellence in Care 

Excellence in Care, which forms part of the government's response to the Vale of Leven Hospital Inquiry Report (2014), focuses on four key deliverables. It covers nursing and midwifery in all hospitals and community services, from A&E to mental health, and care of older people to children's services.


Virtual hospital - Stirling University apps

If you are looking at environmental changes in your Specialist Dementia Unit here is a link to 'Virtual Hospital' Stirling University page. Although designed for acute and care home settings they are also useful for Specialist Dementia Units.


Free dementia resources

NHS Health Scotland in partnership with Alzheimer Scotland have published a range of free resources to support people with dementia, their carers and people working in the field. These books and DVDs are accessible on the Health Scotland website. 


The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016

The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 is designed to support carers’ health and wellbeing and help make caring more sustainable. Read more about the Carer's Charter here. 


Let’s celebrate! DSILS and Dementia Champions

On Wednesday 14 March 2018 the National Conference and Graduation for Cohort 8 Dementia Champions and Cohort 2 Dementia Specialist Improvement Leads took place at BT Murrayfield in Edinburgh.


Connecting People, Connecting Support

Connecting People, Connecting Support is about how allied health professionals in Scotland can support people with dementia, their families and carers to live positive, fulfilling and independent lives for as long as possible.



Dementia Videos

What does resilience mean to you?

Michelle Miller - National Improvement Lead

Dementia Friendly Prestwick

National Event

Irene Oldfather - About the programme

Henry Simmons, Chief Executive of Alzheimer Scotland