Review: National Quality Board – Dementia Interim Report from Eighth Meeting

The National Quality Board have a series of meetings which are documented on the Department of Health website here. A dementia care subgroup has been established with the aim of examining

‘how quality improvement can be driven at scale and pace on dementia care’

A series of meetings have taken place and the latest meeting of the dementia subgroup at the time of writing is available here. The first sections of the document place the subgroup’s goals in the wider context including the National Dementia Strategy and the NICE quality standards for dementia (see here). The drivers for the group include criticisms from the National Audit Office of the results of comparison of the dementia initiatives with those for other illnesses. The group divide into ‘workstreams’ and each tackles separate areas including commissioning, metrics and the workforce with accompanying action points. Some of these action points are particularly interesting. For instance the group will look into addressing a lack of data on awareness of dementia in the workforce as well as how to use the dementia resources from SCIE for the NHS workforce. The SCIE learning modules for dementia are located at the Open Dementia Programme website here. In summary this is a concise report with clear action points with the potential to significantly influence dementia care within the NHS through a variety of mechanisms and it would be particularly interesting to see if this influence itself could be captured through metrics.

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