Why it’s important? 

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.


National programmes

Focus on Dementia is a national improvement portfolio based within the improvement hub of Healthcare Improvement Scotland.

Taking a whole pathway approach, the work supports improvements in:

  1. diagnosis and post-diagnostic support
  2. care co-ordination in the community, and
  3. hospital settings, including acute, community hospitals and specialist dementia units.

All of this work is underpinned by a National Learning System to rapidly capture and share learning to support spread at pace and scale.


Toolkits guidance or resources

Online post-diagnosis support tool by NHS Lanarkshire

The online resource provides people living with dementia, their familes and carers with the tools, connections, resources and plans to allow them to live as well as possible with dementia and prepare for the future.



Visit Public Health Scotland Dementia Post-Diagnosis Support webpages for definitions and recording guidance.

For information on the Dementia Benchmarking toolkit see the Quality Indicators web pages.

For more information on data sources visit ScotPho Dementia pages.


Learning from others

For RCGP Members: iSPACE Dementia Friendly GP surgeries

Case study only accessible with and RCGP membership. iSPACE is a quality improvement and innovation programme that aims to improve the pathway of patients with dementia and their carers through GP surgeries.