Caring Times, July/August 2009
A new Alzheimer’s Society guide providing advice on how to commission services for people with dementia and their carers in line with the National Dementia Strategy has been launched.
The free guide is aimed at commissioners of health and social care services and is available now from www.alzheimers.org.uk/commissioning.
In February, health secretary Alan Johnson announced a ï¿½150 million investment in the National Dementia Strategy. Dementia: What every commissioner needs to know explains first steps, how the Alzheimer’s Society can help and how delivering on dementia fits into the broader commissioning agenda. It gives a break down of the number of people with dementia in each PCT, estimated financial cost and projections for the future.
Andrew Chidgey, head of policy and public affairs for the Alzheimer’s Society, said one million people would develop dementia in the next ten years.
‘The National Dementia Strategy is a momentous opportunity to avert a dementia crisis that