The featured document is a DOH document – ‘Consultation Response and Analysis‘ – a response to the consultation document on the National Dementia Strategy (which was reviewed here). There is a rather impressive list of contributing organisations and respondents in the appendices which shows the complexity of the logistics involved in putting this document together.
The document begins with an introduction and a recap on the consultation document including the methodology in which the government made the document available online and requested responses from individuals and organisations as well as holding a number of consultation events. Interestingly, of the 600 responses the highest number were from informal carers.
The document then lists the questions that were asked and follows this with the responses grouped into a number of themes.
In terms of raising awareness, I found it encouraging that there was a positive response towards school-based educational activities particularly given the predictions of an increasing number of cases of dementia in coming decades. With regards to training the emphasis on care staff training perhaps reflects a significant area of care provision of people with dementia.There were a number of issues raised around early diagnosis and intervention while the concept of a dementia care advisers attracted many and varied comments. Having Mental Health Liaison teams in acute hospitals was generally encouraged as was access to intermediate and respite care. Interestingly many people supported the concept of telecare. There were a number of specific areas that were highlighted including dementia in people with learning disabilities and also in the prison setting as well as the role of the Speech and Language Therapist.
In the conclusions, the authors describe the changes that were made in response to the consultation including increasing the prominence of dementia in people with learning disabilities in the document as well as telecare, early-onset dementia and peer support networks. This section finishes with a statement of the now expanded 17 objectives of the National Dementia Strategy.
This is an important document which forms part of the process towards effecting a National Dementia Strategy and shows a high level of organisation and involvement of relevant people and bodies which should lead to an improvement in healthcare provision for people with dementia.
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