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ALLIANCE Briefing: Dementia Carer Voices response to third National Dementia Strategy

Type: News Item Date Published: 26th July 2017

The third National Dementia Strategy was published on 28 June 2017, coinciding with a range of activity in the Scottish Parliament related to the ALLIANCE’s Dementia Carer Voice programme, including a Member’s Debate on dementia in the name of James Kelly MSP, a parliamentary reception and the launch of our latest report – Dementia Carer Voices – Rights and the Carer Voice.Dementia Carer Voices was represented on the National Strategy Group and welcomes the publication of the strategy.  Below we have detailed a number of our initial views on the strategy. 

The third National Dementia Strategy was published on 28 June 2017, coinciding with a range of activity in the Scottish Parliament related to the ALLIANCE’s Dementia Carer Voice programme, including a Member’s Debate on dementia in the name of James Kelly MSP, a parliamentary reception and the launch of our latest report – Dementia Carer Voices – Rights and the Carer Voice.

Dementia Carer Voices was represented on the National Strategy Group and welcomes the publication of the strategy.  Below we have detailed a few of our initial views on the stategy. See the full briefing note here.

  • In general, the ALLIANCE welcomes the more flexible approach laid out in Commitment 1 of the National Dementia Strategy – that good quality care should not be prevented by time constraints and instead focus on increasing “personalisation and personal outcomes in post-diagnostic treatment”. Indeed, we argued for the need to move away from a time and task culture towards one defined by care and compassion in our recent publication.
  • From information gathered in our carer survey and other engagement we know the value that carers place on accessing services locally. In light of this we particularly welcome Commitment 2 which focuses on testing and independently evaluating the relocation of post-diagnostic dementia services in primary care hubs. Not only does this serve to provide services locally, but also, in housing services within primary care it has the potential to decrease stigmatisation and improve awareness raising of issues faced by people living with dementia.
  • The ALLIANCE is fully committed to the ‘What Matters to You?’ programme and over the last two years across a range of our projects we have supported the principle of constructive conversations which are person-centred and ask, “What Matters to You”. In light of this we welcome the focus given to conversations in the strategy and the highlighting of the House of Care model. It is worth noting that the House of Care Adopter Programme in Scotland, led by the ALLIANCE, British Heart Foundation, Year of Care Partnerships and Scottish Government, was initiated in September 2014 and works in partnership with five Adopter sites in Lothian, Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Tayside, Ayrshire & Arran and Lanarkshire.
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