Alzheimer’s Society issues dementia strategy commissioning guide

    The Alzheimer’s Society has published guidance for council and primary care trust chiefs on commissioning services in line with the National Dementia Strategy for England.

    It comes ahead of Department of Health commissioning guidance on the strategy and is designed to provide PCTs and local authorities with a starting point for implementing the five-year strategy, which was published in February.

    It points commissioners to information on the estimated numbers of people with dementia in each locality, and advises them on mapping out current care pathways and assessing service quality, deciding on priorities and developing an implementation plan.

    It also provides information on how the Alzheimer’s Society can help commissioners meet the goals of the national strategy, including in improving public awareness of dementia and providing advice on improving workforce skills.

    The charity also said it was keen to work with commissioners on meeting the strategy’s goal of appointing dementia advisers to help users and carers navigate the system, and would be setting up an information and signposting service to that end.

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