Plymouth City Council
Plymouth PL1 2AA
There has been a well-established Joint Dementia Strategy in Plymouth, led by Plymouth City Council and health commissioners, since 2010 which was based on extensive consultation with people with dementia and their carers and takes into account the aims of the National Dementia Strategy 2009 and the Prime Minister's Challenge on Dementia 2012.
A refreshed draft strategic document has now been produced called 'Living Well With Dementia in Plymouth and Devon: Making Progress', which sets out progress so far across the whole of the NEW Devon CCG area including Plymouth and includes the following aims for the next two years:
- Raising awareness and understanding, including developing Dementia Friendly Communities
- Improving early diagnosis
- Living well with dementia
- Ensuring support for carers
- Continual improvement in quality of care in integrated services.
A renewed draft Dementia Action Plan has been set up to ensure that these aims are achieved and this has been developed in consultation with people with dementia, carers, PVI providers and health and social care organisations.
The draft strategic statement and action plan are due to go to Cabinet for approval in September 2014.
A Dementia Stakeholder Group meets quarterly to oversee the implementation of the strategy and action plan. The membership includes Plymouth City Council Co-operative Commissioning Team, Western Locality Clinical Commissioning Group, organisations representing people living with dementia, social care and health providers including Older People's Mental Health services and the Memory Service, public health, Plymouth Hospitals trust, the Carers Hub service, Voluntary Sector services such as Befriending and GPs.