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    News: Scotland’s National Dementia Strategy 2013-2016

    24th June 2013

    Scotland’s second National Dementia Strategy has been published by the Scottish Government.  Following on from the 2010 strategy, the 2013-2016 version identifies areas of progress since 2010, including an increase in formal diagnosis to 64% of those living with dementia.

    The strategy outlines three main challenges to tackle over the course of the next three years; 

    • Offering care and support to people with dementia and their families and carers in a way which promotes wellbeing and quality of life, protects their rights and respects their humanity.
    • Continuing to improve services and provide person-centred support from when someone presents for diagnosis, and throughout the course of the illness, including the support needs of carers
    • Embracing the process of redesign and transformation of services to ensure that services are delivered effectively and efficiently, particularly as increased life expectancy means the challenge to support people with dementia and their carers will increase.

    Since the 2010 strategy was published, steps have been taken across health and social care to implement it effectively.  In 2011, the ‘Standards of Care for Dementia in Scotland’ were published, as was the ‘Promoting Excellence’ knowledge and skills framework.  Additionally, April 2013 saw an additional commitment made to guarantee that everyone newly diagnosed with dementia will be entitled to at least a year’s worth of post-diagnostic support, coordinated by a named Link Worker. The new strategy will  build upon these and other achievements of the first strategy, including 300+ Dementia Champions and Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Nurses in health boards across Scotland.

    17 Commitments are outlined in the 2013-2016 Strategy, shaped by priority outcomes as identified through the National Dementia Dialogue.  These outcomes are:

    • More people with dementia living a good quality life at home for longer.
    • Dementia-enabled and dementia-friendly local communities that contribute to greater awareness of dementia and reduce stigma.
    • Timely, accurate diagnosis of dementia.
    • Better post-diagnostic support for people with dementia and their families.
    • More people with dementia and their families and carers being involved as equal partners in care throughout the journey of the illness.
    • Better respect and promotion of rights in all settings, together with improved compliance with the legal requirements in respect of treatment.
    • People with dementia in hospitals or other institutional settings always being treated with dignity and respect.


    Other priorities of the strategy include continuing to up skill the dementia workforce and improving community services to offer better and earlier support, so people with dementia can live well in their own home for longer.

    To read the full strategy, including information on each of the 17 commitments, click here.

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