The Dementia Challenge first year report published

The Dementia Challenge report describes achievements in the 3 main areas of the challenge: driving improvements in health and care, creating dementia friendly communities and better research. The report also identifies shared themes across the work of the 3 champion groups, reflects on what they have learnt so far, and sets out how they will work together to sustain and accelerate progress.

The Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, has also announced that NHS England has set a national ambition to improve dementia diagnosis rates. The plans aim to see two-thirds of people with dementia identified and given appropriate support by 2015, an increase from 39% in 2010 and the current average of about 45%.

The drive to improve diagnosis will be led by local Clinical Commissioning Groups, working with local health and wellbeing boards. Supported by NHS England, they will get advice on improving diagnosis and setting up additional memory services where they are needed. For more information about this visit w: