90,000 people are living with dementia in Scotland. Around 3,200 of which 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 based within the improvement hub of Healthcare Improvement Scotland.
Taking a whole pathway approach, our work supports improvements in:
- diagnosis and post-diagnostic support
- care co-ordination in the community
- hospital settings, including acute, community hospitals and specialist dementia units
- palliative and end of life care.
Our work is underpinned by a Learning System which is how we describe the range of activities that we facilitate to enable sharing, learning and connecting across the wider dementia health and care system.
All of this work is supporting the implementation of Scotland’s dementia strategies and informing future policy and practice.
Scotland’s National Dementia Strategy 2017-2020
Scotland's third National Dementia Strategy was launched on 28 June 2017. The strategy builds on progress over the last decade in transforming services and improving outcomes for people affected by dementia.
Dementia and Coronavirus (COVID-19): National Action Plan
The Scottish Government national action plan is a partnership document with COSLA and informed by engagement with stakeholders. It explains how the Scottish Government is working, and plans to work, with others to strengthen community resilience, support people with dementia and their families to continue to get the right care, treatment and support at the right time as we live with, and come through and recover from, the COVID-19 pandemic.
Diagnosis and Post-Diagnostic Support
To improve the quality of post-diagnostic support for people newly diagnosed with dementia in Scotland.
To improve co-ordination and quality of care and support for people with dementia at moderate to severe stage of their dementia, through sharing the learning from testing Alzheimer Scotland’s 8 pillars model in practice and learning from other examples and evidence of integrated co-ordinated care in the community.
Working with hospital teams in acute, community and specialist dementia unit settings to improve hospital care for people with dementia.
Coronavirus update: for general information and also for how to support people with dementia, their carers and families across the country during this time please visit Alzheimer Scotland (https://www.alzscot.org)
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. Read the My Life, my care home report.
This blog aims to share the work and practice of the allied health professionals in relation to dementia care. Read the blog at let's talk about dementia - wordpress.com (www.letstalkaboutdementia.wordpress.com).
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. Read the Excellence in Care - Scotland's National Approach to Assuring Nursing and Midwifery Care Event Report.
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 Public Health Scotland website (www.healthscotland.scot/health-topics/dementia).
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 the Carer's Charter.
Enhancing the Healing Environment (EHE)
If you are interested in supporting Dementia Friendly Design, visit The Kings Fund (www.kingsfund.org.uk/projects/enhancing-healing-environment/ehe-design-dementia) for EHE assessment tools.
They contain seven overarching criteria and a set of questions to prompt discussions between clinical/care staff, managers, estates and maintenance colleagues, people with dementia, their families and carers.
The tools are being used to:
- Assess progress in developing more dementia-friendly environments
- Secure finance to improve the physical environment of care
- Influence managers and estates/maintenance colleagues to support change
- Educate staff and help change attitudes
- Improve signage, flooring, lighting and colour schemes as part of maintenance programmes
- Make small-scale improvements eg, purchasing coloured crockery