DementiaRoadmap

Helping primary care to support people with dementia

Supporting well

When someone is diagnosed with dementia, they should be supported to remain as independent as possible, and to continue to enjoy their usual activities and occupations.

It is important to support the person with dementia to make arrangements for the future including future care options. They may wish to prepare for a time when another person may need to help with their affairs.

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  • Dementia core skills education and training frameworkOctober 29 2015This framework published by Skills for Health, Health Education England and Skills for Care sets out the essential skills and knowledge necessary for all staff involved in dementia care.
  • On the journey to becoming a dementia friendly organisationSeptember 3 2015This paper shares the lessons that have been learned through the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s Dementia without Walls programme which started in June 2012 with a vision of making the UK a better place for people with dementia.
  • 10 key steps to improving timely diagnosis: A resource pack for Commissioners and General PracticesJanuary 29 2014This resource pack sets out key steps for Commissioners, and key steps for General Practices to improve the diagnosis of dementia, and the diagnosis pathway.
  • Dementia Atlas: Putting a focus on dementiaAugust 16 2016The Dementia Atlas is an interactive map that plots data about dementia care and support, allowing people to compare the quality of dementia care across the country.
  • Active Minds – dementia activity resourcesFebruary 15 2016Active Minds produce a suite of activity products to assist people with dementia in leading active, engaging and fulfilling lives - enjoying activities that are meaningful to them.
  • Accessible Information StandardJuly 28 2015The Accessible Information Standard tells organisations how they should ensure that disabled patients receive information in formats that they can understand and they receive appropriate support to help them to communicate.
  • The Daily SparkleFebruary 8 2016The Daily Sparkle is a professionally written daily and weekly reminiscence and activity tool supported by the UK's leading care organisations such as the NHS, AgeUK and DementiaUK.
  • Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia 2020 Implementation PlanMarch 6 2016This implementation plan outlines how the 50 commitments set out in the Prime Minister’s challenge on dementia 2020 will be met, ensuring that England becomes the world-leader in dementia care, research and awareness by 2020.
  • Immediate post diagnosis support guidanceApril 9 2016This guidance document, published by the London Strategic Clinical Networks, has been created for professionals to support people with dementia and their carers immediately following diagnosis.
  • Joint declaration on post-diagnostic dementia care and supportJanuary 8 2016This joint declaration signed by signatories across government, health, social care and the third sector sets out a shared commitment to deliver good quality post-diagnostic dementia care.
  • How living with dementia could beSeptember 2 2016This short animated video highlights how living with dementia could be through the 'well pathway for dementia'. It shows the importance of a holistic partnership approach to supporting the person with dementia, their families and carers within local community settings.
  • Dementia advisers surveyApril 1 2016This report published by Ipsos MORI presents the findings of a survey into the provision of dementia adviser services throughout England.
  • Dementia rarely travels alone: living with dementia and other conditionsApril 20 2016This report published by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Dementia examines the scale of difficulty faced by people living with both dementia and other health conditions, and how the health and social care system can provide holistic, person-centred care and support for this growing body of people.
  • Fix dementia care – NHS and care homesApril 29 2016This report published by the Alzheimer's Society marks the second phase of a campaign looking at the experiences of people with dementia in a range of health and care settings. It contains the results of a survey of care home managers and the voices of people with dementia, their families and carers.
  • Dementia and comorbidities: Ensuring parity of careApril 14 2016This report published by the International Longevity Centre demonstrates that a failure to prevent, diagnose, and treat depression, diabetes and urinary tract infections in people with dementia could be costing the UK’s health and social care system up to nearly £1 billion per year.
  • Making your home dementia friendlyOctober 20 2015This booklet published by the Alzheimer's Society aims to help people with dementia to live well in their own home. It describes ways to create or adapt the home environment so that it remains a safe and familiar place. This can help make daily living activities easier and keep people in touch with the things they enjoy doing.
  • Dementia and homecare: driving quality and innovationOctober 22 2015This report published by the United Kingdom Homecare Association demonstrates how skilled homecare can play a pivotal role in enabling people with dementia to live well in their preferred familiar environment. Through a series of innovative practice examples, the report shows why good homecare should ...
  • Cataracts and dementia factsheetJune 25 2013The information in this factsheet will help people in with both dementia and sight loss and how to help someone with dementia cope with surgery.
  • Creating a dementia friendly workplace: A practical guide for employersApril 22 2015This guide published by the Alzheimer's Society is designed to help employers provide support for staff members with dementia. It may also be a useful resource for people living with, or affested by, dementia in the workplace.
  • DiADeM (Diagnosis of Advanced Dementia Mandate in Care Homes)April 14 2016This protocol developed by the Yorkshire and Humber Dementia Strategic Clinical Network aims to support GPs to diagnose dementia for people living with advanced dementia in a care home setting.
  • Support and care for people living with dementia from minority communitiesFebruary 24 2013This report outlines recommendations to improve support and care for people with dementia from minority communities in the North East.
  • Eye examinations for people with dementia factsheetNovember 10 2014This factsheet provides information on eye examinations for people with dementia. It will be useful for people with dementia, their families, carers and professionals.
  • Moving into a care home: advice for lesbian, gay and bisexual peopleFebruary 22 2012This factsheet published by the Alzheimers Society provides some advice for lesbian, gay and bisexual people on choosing a suitable care home and suggests things to think about when the person moves in.
  • Duty of Candour: Information for all providersMarch 15 2015This document published by the Care Quality Commission sets out how meeting the Duty of Candour regulation will be central to both registration and inspection for NHS bodies and all other care providers regulated by the CQC.
  • Tailored resource for carers and care providers on supporting people to live well with dementiaSeptember 16 2015This resource published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) highlights the key messages from 10 quality statements which form the quality standard for supporting people to live well with dementia and shows what they mean for carers and care providers.
  • Developing a national user movement of people with dementiaSeptember 3 2015This report published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation explores the learning from the Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project (DEEP), a national network that engages and empowers people with dementia to influence the services and policies that affect them.
  • Assistive technology – devices to help with everyday livingAugust 12 2013This factsheet published by the Alzheimer's Society explores technological developments that can help make life easier for people with dementia and their carers in certain situations.
  • ICD deactivation at the end of life: Principles and practiceSeptember 30 2013Designed for any health professionals involved in caring for patients with an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD), this document discusses issues relating to ICDs in the management of advanced heart disease.
  • The dementia profileMarch 1 2016The dementia profile developed by the Dementia Intelligence Network collects new and existing data on dementia at both Clinical Commissioning Group and local authority level. This will assist the local planning of services and support areas to make sustainable improvements from an easily accessible online platform.
  • Pain in People with Dementia: A Silent TragedyJanuary 7 2015This report, published by Napp Pharmaceuticals, draws on a survey of interviews with experts, major providers of care, and on desk research. It quantifies the problem and sets out the issues in recognising, assessing and managing pain in people with dementia.
  • What about me? Remembering the needs of carersJuly 29 2010This short leaflet published by Marie Curie Cancer Care is a good starting point for anyone working in health, social care or other setting who is likely to come into contact with people approaching the end of life and their carers.
  • Choosing your hospitalMarch 12 2014Most patients can choose which hospital they are seen in according to what matters most to them, whether it's location, waiting times, reputation, clinical performance, visiting policies, parking facilities or other patients' comments.
  • Dementia and People with Intellectual Disabilities: Guidance on their Assessment, Diagnosis, Interventions and SupportApril 29 2015This guidance published by the British Psychological Society aims to promote effective and timely assessment, diagnosis, interventions and support to people with intellectual disabilities who develop dementia.
  • Building dementia-friendly communities: A priority for everyoneSeptember 3 2013This report, published by the Alzheimer's Society, explores evidence from people with dementia about their experiences of living in their community and the ten key things they would like to see in a dementia-friendly community.
  • Cracks in the pathwayOctober 30 2014This report presents the findings of a Care Quality Commission review of the care people living with dementia receive as they moved between care homes and acute hospitals.
  • Dementia DiariesJune 4 2015Dementia Diaries is a national project that brings together people’s diverse experiences of living with dementia as a series of audio diaries.
  • Continence Product AdvisorJune 25 2014The Continence Product Advisor is a website providing evidence-based guidance on how to select appropriate products for managing incontinence and use them effectively.
  • Prepared to care – Challenging the dementia skills gapJune 4 2009This report published by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia (APPG) explores the scale of the challenge in training the caring professions in dementia, and how it may be met.
  • CMG48: Support for commissioning of dementia careApril 3 2013This guidance produced by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) summarises the key commissioning issues and the resource impact that will arise from implementing improvements in the quality of care for people with dementia, in line with the statements and measures that comprise the NICE quality standards for dementia.
  • Unlocking Diagnosis: The key to improving the lives of people with dementiaJuly 4 2012This report published by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia (APPG) explores the barriers to dementia diagnosis in the UK. It makes recommendations to improve diagnosis rates and provide better post diagnosis support for people with dementia.
  • Prime Minister’s challenge on dementia 2020February 21 2015The Prime Minister recently launched the government’s five year vision for the future of dementia care, support and research, which follows on from the existing Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia, launched in March 2012.
  • Always a last resort: Inquiry into the prescription of antipsychotic drugs to people with dementia living in care homesApril 4 2008This report published by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia (APPG) examines the problem of the over prescription of antipsychotic drugs to people with dementia living in care homes and proposes workables solutions.
  • Find me good careOctober 23 2012This website developed by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) is designed to help people find the right care and support to suit their needs and lifestyle, whether at a time of crisis or as they plan for the future.
  • A vision of care fit for the twenty-first centurySeptember 3 2014This report published by the Commission on Residential Care offers a vision of housing with care fit for the twenty-first century, not bound by existing definitions but based on the outcomes that people want and value.
  • Drugs used to relieve behavioural and psychological symptoms in dementiaJanuary 20 2012This factsheet produced by the Alzheimer’s Society explores the different types of drugs that can be used to treat these symptoms if non-pharmalogical treatments have not worked.
  • New models of care for dementiaApril 9 2012This report proposes a new understanding of the dementia journey and a revised model of care for dementia, aimed at improving experiences and outcomes, and informing service redesign and commissioning.
  • The Care Bill: factsheetsJanuary 10 2014These factsheets will help practitioners to better support patients and carers to get the care and support they need, following the changes introduced by the Care Bill, published in 2013.
  • NICE Clinical guideline CG42 Dementia: supporting people with dementia and their carers in health and social careMarch 1 2011This guideline, published by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), makes specific recommendations on Alzheimer's disease, dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), fronto temporal dementia, vascular dementia and mixed dementias, as well as recommendations that apply to all types of dementia.
  • Wearing glasses with dementia factsheetNovember 10 2014This factsheet is about the issues people with dementia who need to wear glasses may face. It will be useful for people with dementia, their families, carers and professionals.
  • Dementia FriendsFebruary 21 2013Dementia Friends is an Alzheimer’s Society initiative that aims to give a million people a better understanding of dementia by 2015.
  • No Secrets: guidance on protecting vulnerable adults in careJanuary 22 2015This guidance document published by the Department of Health sets out a code of practice for the protection of vulnerable adults in care.
  • The dementia guideFebruary 22 2014This guide produced by the Alzheimer's Society is for anyone who has recently been told they have dementia.
  • Hospital 2 Home resource packOctober 26 2012This resource is designed to make it easier for health and social care professionals involved in hospital discharge to support older patients in returning home safely after a hospital stay and reduce the risk of readmission to hospital.
  • Building on the National Dementia Strategy: Change, progress and prioritiesJuly 27 2014This report published by the All Party Parliamentary Party Group on Dementia (APPG) calls for a new long term strategy for dementia to be a worthy successor to the National Dementia Strategy for Dementia in England and the Prime Minister's challenge on dementia.
  • The Triangle of Care – carers included: A guide to best practice for dementia careSeptember 4 2013The Triangle of Care is a model for dementia care that supports a partnership approach between the person with dementia, the staff member and carer. It is designed to ensure that carers are appropriately included and involved in the care of people with dementia, particularly in hospital settings.
  • Journey of Caring: An analysis of long-term care for dementiaSeptember 19 2013This report published by Alzheimer’s Disease International highlights the importance of helping people with dementia to remain independent and living in their own homes as part of the local community for as long as possible.
  • Improving the care of people with dementia in general hospitalsSeptember 21 2011Dignity in dementia; improving care in general hospital settings, a Royal College of Nursing led project, has launched tools to improve the care of people with dementia in general hospitals.
  • Dementia: A state of the nation report on dementia care and support in EnglandNovember 29 2013This report, published by the Department of Health, sets out what is known about dementia care, support and research. It highlights where improvements are being made and where improvements are needed.
  • Cancer Delivery Support ToolJune 17 2014The Cancer Delivery Support Tool developed by Macmillan Cancer Support is an electronic support tool to assist GPs and Health Professionals to make an early diagnosis of five types of cancer: Oesophageal, Pancreatic, Ovarian, Colorectal and Lung.
  • The Sound Doctor: Getting the best out of life with dementiaMarch 23 2015A series of films providing information to families living with dementia through the entertaining medium of TV/Film.
  • The £20 Billion Question – An inquiry into improving lives through cost-effective dementia servicesJuly 4 2011This report published by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia (APPG) explores the the evidence for cost effective models of dementia care. It makes recommendations to focus on early intervention and prevention to reduce early entry to residential care and reduce unnecessary hospital admissions.
  • Putting dementia on the mapNovember 29 2013Putting dementia on the map published by the Department of Health draws on data and information about dementia health and care, dementia friendly communities and research.
  • The Right Prescription: resource packSeptember 3 2012This resource pack will support pharmacists, who play a crucial role in medicines optimisation, to have critical conversations about the prescription of antipsychotics in dementia and reduce inappropriate prescribing.
  • Better care for older peopleJuly 11 2014This online resource published by the General Medical Council aims to help doctors challenge the stereotypes associated with older people and tackle the most common concerns older people have about their care.
  • Peer support networks and dementia advisers: evaluationOctober 9 2013This report, published by the Department of Health, provides the findings of the Healthbridge evaluation into the role that dementia advisers and peer support networks can provide in post diagnostic support for people with dementia and their carers.
  • Dementia: ethical issuesJanuary 25 2010This report published by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics presents an ethical framework to help practitioners who face dilemmas in connection with the everyday care of someone with dementia.
  • Making a Difference in Dementia: Nursing StrategyMarch 15 2013This nursing vision and strategy for dementia care, published by the Department of Health, makes clear that every nurse can make a difference to the care of people with dementia.
  • QS30: Supporting people to live well with dementiaApril 3 2013This quality standard, published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), covers the care and support of people with dementia.
  • Making your home a better place to live with dementiaJune 9 2014This briefing published by Care and Repair England outlines how people might adapt their homes to help better manage the symptoms associatted with dementia.
  • Dementia Revealed: What primary care needs to knowOctober 30 2014This toolkit written by Dr Elizabeth Barrett is intended as an educational resource for use by GPs and practice nurses to expand their knowledge and confidence.
  • Ten tips for communicating with a person with dementiaSeptember 8 2012These top tips produced by the Family Caregiver Alliance will help practitioners and those caring for a person with dementia to improve communication skills and ability to handle the difficult behaviour.
  • Service specification for dementia: mental health liaison service for general and community hospitalsJuly 28 2011This specification has been designed to assist commissioners in the delivery of a service to support general and community hospitals to deliver better care to people with dementia.
  • Telehealth and Telecare AwareJuly 11 2014This online information portal provides a news and information service for people interested in telecare and telehealth.
  • National Diabetes AuditSeptember 29 2014The National Diabetes Audit (NDA) is a major national clinical audit, which measures the effectiveness of diabetes healthcare against NICE Clinical Guidelines and NICE Quality Standards, in England and Wales.
  • This is meFebruary 23 2010'This is me' is a leaflet produced by the Alzheimer's Society to help hospital staff better understand the needs of people with dementia.
  • 10 Top Tips for supporting carers of people living with cancerDecember 12 2014This guidance produced by Macmillan Cancer Support offers some top tips for primary care practitoners to support carers of people living with cancer.
  • Virtual Hospital modelling toolNovember 5 2013The Virtual Hospital modelling tool, developed by the Dementia Services Development Centre, aims to show good design can help to make an acute hospital setting dementia-friendly.
  • NHS Continuing Healthcare e-learning toolMay 8 2013This e-learning tool developed by NHS England and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services will support all practitioners to improve assessment and decision making around NHS Continuing Healthcare.
  • AT DementiaMarch 13 2014AT Dementia is web-based information resource on assistive technologies (including telecare) for people with dementia.
  • An evaluation of dementia support worker rolesNovember 25 2011This report presents an evaluation of existing models of community-based support for people with dementia, their families and carers.
  • Taking medication ‘just like that’October 13 2012This campaign led by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) aimed to remind people how vital heart medicines and raise awareness that millions of people could be putting their lives in danger by not taking their medicines as prescribed.
  • Cancer information factsheetsJune 17 2014These factsheets published by Macmillan Cancer Support cover a variety of topics relating to cancer, such as chemotherapy drugs, less common cancer types and practical issues for cancer care professionals.
  • Driving and dementiaMay 21 2014This Alzheimer's Society factsheet explains the legal situation around driving and dementia, and gives some tips on stopping driving.
  • Five Year Forward ViewOctober 23 2014The Five Year Forward View published by NHS England sets out why the NHS needs to change and various models of care which could be provided in the future to deliver transformed care for patients.
  • Diabetes and your heartMarch 11 2010This booklet is for people who have diabetes, and for their families and friends. It may also be useful if you don’t have diabetes but you have been told you may develop it in the future.
  • National Audit of Dementia in General HospitalsJuly 12 2013The second report of the National Audit of Dementia in General Hospitals identifies continuing problems in the quality of care received by people with dementia in hospitals in England and Wales.
  • Improving cancer patient experience: A top tips guideJune 17 2014This guide published by Macmillan Cancer Support provides top tips to support professionals make service improvements in response to the National Cancer Survey and deliver improved patient experience.
  • Improving the quality of cancer care in primary careThis toolkit developed by Macmillan Cancer Support aims to support the primary care professionals to develop initiatives and programmes which have a positive impact on the care of people daiagnosed with cancer, their families and carers.
  • Support, Stay, Save: care and support of people with dementia in their own homesApril 4 2011This report provides evidence from over 2,000 carers, people with dementia and home care workers on the aspirations, experiences and outcomes of providing dementia care in the community in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • Counting the cost: caring for people with dementia on hospital wardsNovember 28 2009This report published by the Alzheimer's Society reveals unacceptable variations in the quality of care for people with dementia in hospital and puts forward recommendations to improve dementia care, shorten the length of stay and reduce costs.
  • Improving the delivery of adult diabetes care through integrationOctober 10 2014This report published by Diabetes UK explains how diabetes care can be improved to achieve better outcomes for people with diabetes. The challenge for commissioners and healthcare providers locally is to make the system work to support that.
  • Supporting people with dementia at homeJanuary 14 2013This training resource published by the Alzheimer’s Society aims to help homecare workers provide excellent person centred support for people with dementia who are living at home.
  • Diabetes in adults quality standardMarch 14 2011This NICE quality standard defines clinical best practice for diabetes care. It provides specific, concise quality statements, measures and audience descriptors to provide patients and the public, health and social care professionals, commissioners and service providers with definitions of high-quality care.
  • Reducing the use of antipsychotic drugsJuly 21 2011This leaflet is for people with dementia and their carers who want to know more about behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia and how they can be prevented and treated.
  • State of Care 2013/14October 16 2014This report published by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) reveals wide variation in the quality and safety of care for conditions such as dementia in England.
  • Echocardiography guidelines for valve quantificationApril 1 2011This poster contains guidelines for echocardiography valve quantification developed by the Education Committee of the British Society of Echocardiography.
  • Dementia: Finding housing solutionsMay 7 2013This report, published by the National Housing Federation, highlights how good housing and related services can impact positively on the lives of people with dementia, from delaying more intensive forms of care to preventing admission and readmission to hospital.
  • A proposal for a UK dementia eye care pathwayJune 11 2015This article published in the journal Optometry in Practice introduces a proposal for a UK dementia eye care pathway and outlines the areas that should be covered within a pathway.
  • Cardiovascular Disease Outcomes StrategyMarch 29 2013This outcomes strategy published by the Department of Health identifies ten key actions for local authority and NHS commissioners and providers to deliver improvements in patient outcomes.
  • Dementia-friendly technology charterJune 23 2014The Dementia-friendly technology charter gives people with dementia and their carers information on how to access technology. It also provides guidance to health, housing and social care professionals on how to make technology work for people based on their individual needs.
  • Diabetes care pathwayOctober 14 2013This NICE care pathway defines clinical best practice for diabetes care. It covers managing type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
  • Guidance for Learning Disability Partnership BoardsJune 18 2013This booklet offers guidance to Learning Disability Partnership Boards to help them ensure that carers of people with learning disabilities, and carers with learning disabilities are supported and involved in local service developments which affect their lives, and the lives of the people they care for.
  • Diabetes Risk ScoreSeptember 29 2013The Diabetes Risk Score is an assessment tool which aims to identify individuals with impaired glucose regulation (IGR) and is designed to predict an individual’s risk of developing Type 2 diabetes within the next ten years. It was developed by University of Leicester and University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust in collaboration with Diabetes UK.
  • The Right Care: creating dementia friendly hospitalsOctober 15 2012The Right Care is a call to action to transform the acute hospital experience for people with dementia and their carers.
  • Duty to Care? Supporting and involving unpaid carers of people at the end of lifeJune 1 2014This resource covers the three plenary discussion sessions at the ‘Duty to Care?' conference held in 2013 facilitated by the National Council for Palliative Care. Three detailed scenarios were debated to help identify and explore the practical issues involved in being or supporting a carer.
  • Request for proposal: action plan to improve care for people with dementia in hospitalJuly 28 2011This is a request for a proposal to improve care for people with dementia in hospital.
  • Collaborative Care and Support Planning: an introductionJanuary 19 2015This animation, commissioned by the Royal College of General Practitioners, sets out the collaborative care and support planning process in a short, easy to understand way.
  • Dementia adviser service: evaluationAugust 31 2013This report published by the Alzheimer's Society presents the findings of an evaluation of the Pathfinder Dementia Adviser services from the perspective of service users.
  • Low expectations: attitudes on choice, care and community for people with dementia in care homesFebruary 26 2013This report published by the Alzheimer’s Society stresses the need to lift expectations and to strengthen existing minimum standards to boost quality of life for people with dementia in care homes.
  • Handy guide to selecting a care homeJanuary 28 2013This guide published by the Alzheimer’s Society is designed to be taken into care homes by people with dementia and their families and provides an independent and objective guide to what makes good quality care.
  • Dementia patient decision aidSeptember 7 2009This decision aid is intended to assist health professionals considering prescribing acetylcholinesterase inhibitor medication (donepezil, galantamine or rivastigmine) for patients to improve symptoms of dementia and reduce the rate of decline in mental function.
  • Best practice for commissioning diabetes servicesMarch 14 2013This guidance published by Diabetes UK aims to help commissioners understand the nature of integrated diabetes care, why it is so important and to provide a signpost to other documents that will be of help in the commissioning process.
  • Commissioning domiciliary care for people with dementia and their carersNovember 28 2009The purpose of this paper is to assist commissioners in ensuring that homecare for people with dementia is appropriate to their needs and/or the needs of their carers.
  • Case for change – mental health liaison service for dementia care in hospitalsJuly 28 2011This document explains the evidence that has been used to identify eligible patients and for the design of mental health liaison services in general and community hospitals and its core components.
  • Understanding out of hospital dementia careMay 10 2011This report, published by Healthcare at Home, explores home-based models of care that will keep people with dementia out of hospital.
  • Initial review following diagnosisMay 7 2014This guidance outlines the steps that a practitioner should consider during an initial review with a patient that has received a formal diagnosis of dementia.
  • Optimising treatment and care for behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementiaJuly 28 2011This best practice guide has been developed in consultation with an advisory group of leading clinicians specialising in dementia.
  • Befriending works: building resilience in local communitiesNovember 12 2010This report published by the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation provides an overview of how befriending can contribute to improving the health and well-being outcomes of vulnerable people at risk of social isolation or exclusion from mainstream society.
  • Life After Death: Six steps to improve support in bereavementJanuary 30 2014This briefing paper published by the National Council for Palliative Care identifies six steps to address bereavement as a major public policy issue.
  • Implementing local diabetes networksJanuary 14 2013Implementing Local Diabetes Networks, published by Diabetes UK, is for commissioners to explain the importance and composition of a local diabetes network.
  • Case for change – Communities for people living with dementiaNovember 28 2011This document explains the evidence that has been used in designing the service to support people with dementia, whether living at home or in care homes, as well as dementia-specific elements of other Communities.
  • See me, not just the dementiaJune 22 2008This report looks at the experiences of people with dementia living in care homes in England, with a particular focus on whether their care offers dignity and respect.
  • Supporting Family Carers of People with Learning DisabilitiesSeptember 18 2009This resource pack produced by the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities and the Sharing Caring Project at Sheffield Mencap supports practitioners to develop and provide the best information and support to family carers of people with learning disabilities.
  • Diabetes care planning reviewMarch 12 2014Practitioners should provide an annual care planning review to all people with diabetes to ensure that each patient gets the right support for managing their diabetes. This short film produced by Diabetes UK aims to help patients to understand what care planning is, and how they can get more involved in their diabetes care.
  • Caring, compassionate, skilled – transforming the dementia workforceOctober 5 2011This guidance will support commissioners to better understand workforce planning and development issues that may impact staff working with people with dementia and their carers and families.
  • Personalisation and dementia: a practitioner’s guide to self-directed support for people living with dementiaNovember 28 2011This guide to personalisation and dementia has been written for, and with input from, people living with dementia, their families and friends, and the practitioners who support them.
  • Template action plan to improve care for people with dementia in the communityJuly 28 2011This is a template action plan for use by local authorities and commissioning consortia working together under the auspices of Health and Well-being Boards to improve care for those people with dementia who live in their own homes or in some other residential setting.
  • Thinking Ahead: a planning guide for familiesOctober 18 2013This guidance, published by the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities, provides a clear framework to help the families of people with learning disabilities plan for the future and address the concerns they have.
  • Diabetes sample service specificationAugust 14 2014The service specification, published by NHS England, outlines the provision of high quality care for all those with diabetes. It describes all the services needed to provide a complete care pathway for people with diabetes.
  • Service specification for dementia: better care at home, and in care homesJuly 28 2011This specification has been designed to support primary care in the assessment and management of people with problematic symptoms of dementia or other complex presentations living at home, in a care home or other residential setting.
  • National dementia and antipsychotic prescribing auditJuly 28 2012The National dementia and antipsychotic prescribing audit aims to gather information from primary care to establish a national picture of prescribing antipsychotic medication in people with dementia.
  • Better planning for car ownership and well-being in old ageMay 31 2016This briefing paper published by the Housing Learning and Improvement Network seeks to connect the body of knowledge around the significance of car ownership in achieving well-being for older people to those making decisions that may impact on car ownership among older people.
  • Dementia and People with Learning DisabilitiesSeptember 18 2009This document jointly published by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the British Psychological Society provides guidance on the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and support of people with learning disabilities who develop dementia.
  • Dementia Friendly Housing CharterMarch 27 2017This toolkit aims to help professionals in their support of people living with dementia in their homes and facilitate consistency and good practice.
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