Health Secretary unveils plans to make the UK the most dementia friendly society in the world by 2020
The government has published their new dementia implementation plan which aims to make the UK the most dementia friendly society in the world by 2020.
The new dementia plan sets out a series of commitments aiming to raise awareness of dementia, as well as encouraging greater research and improving diagnosis rates. Some of the key aims within the announcement relate directly to the work of Join Dementia Research, including:
• Greater opportunity to participate in research so that by 2018, 12% of people newly diagnosed with dementia each year will be registered on Join Dementia Research – with a target of 25% by 2020.
• An increase in the marketing of Join Dementia Research and increased work with NHS England to develop a plan to cascade information about the organisation through to GPs, community pharmacies and memory clinics.
• The establishment of a new Dementia Research Institute that puts the UK at the forefront of dementia research and will help fulfil the goal of finding a cure by 2025.
Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, said:
“A dementia diagnosis can bring fear and heartache, but I want Britain to be the best place in the world to live well with dementia. Last Parliament we made massive strides on diagnosis rates and research – the global race is now on to find a cure for dementia and I want the UK to win it.”
Martin Rossor, National Director for Dementia Research at the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), commented on the announcement saying:
“The dementia 2020 implementation plan is a great template for harnessing the skills and energy needed to meet the ambition.
“Research is central to this and research cannot take place without the generous engagement of people living with dementia, those who are affected by dementia and the general public. All can contribute directly to research via Join Dementia Research”.
Some of the key achievements on dementia so far include:
• over 1.46 million people have become Dementia Friends
• over 600,000 NHS and social care staff have been trained in better supporting people with dementia
• over 142 communities across England have signed up to be dementia friendly communities
• two thirds of those with dementia now receive a diagnosis of dementia – more than ever before
• Investment of £50 million in creating dementia friendly environments in hospitals and care homes
• Since the launch of Join Dementia Research in 2014 there has been a 60% increase in the numbers of people coming forward to take part in research.