Using data to improve dementia care in England

Public Health England, January 2016

PHE has published a new Dementia Profile, providing access to local authority and CCG level data across the whole dementia care pathway.  The tool, developed by Public Health England’s (PHE’s) National Dementia Intelligence Network (DIN) , presents a major change in the way dementia data will be used locally.  The profile will enable bespoke comparison between local authorities and CCG’s in England in one, interactive online platform.

The profile shares key information, such as how many people have dementia broken down by area and age; the number of people who have received an NHS health check; the number of people who have depression; emergency hospital admission numbers; and where people with dementia die.

Click here to view the tool online.

Dementia friendly communities: supported learning and outreach with the deaf community

Joseph Rowntree Foundation, December 2015

There is strong evidence of a link between hearing loss and dementia. People with mild hearing loss have nearly twice the chance of going on to develop dementia as people without any hearing loss. From January 2014 until July 2015, bespoke resources for the Deaf community were developed and delivered collaboratively by Alzheimer’s Society in Northern Ireland and British Deaf Association (BDA).

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Dementia: through the eyes of women

Joseph Rowntree Foundation, November 2015

This Joseph Rowntree Foundation project aimed to inspire people to think differently about women and dementia by using stories and reflections from individual women to inform the debate in a unique, inspiring and insightful way.

Click here to learn more about the project and to download the report.

Dementia without Walls – reflections from people with dementia

Joseph Rowntree Foundation, November 2015

Two reports bring together the reflections of ten people with dementia who were involved in different aspects of the JRF Dementia Without Walls project. One report reflects on the programme itself, while the other reflects on how people with dementia have been involved.

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Dementia, rights, and the social model of disability

Mental Health Foundation, September 2015

This paper describes the social model of disability in relation to dementia, as well as national and international law that is informed by it or that it connects with. It goes on to describe tools that can be used to apply the model through policy, practice, service and community development.
Using the social model of disability has implications for the rights of people with dementia under the law, for disability discourse and public policy, and for how dementia is experienced and perceived by people with dementia and their carers, as well as how it is viewed and discussed in public.

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Models of Dementia Assessment and Diagnosis: Indicative Cost Review

NHS England, September 2015

This report identifies and reviews in detail three models of dementia assessment and diagnosis currently being used in dementia care in the NHS in England. Through semi-structured interviews with each unit it presents indicative costs for each model, benefits for patients and carers, key messages and considerations about developing the service, giving insight into how a local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) might approach a review of their local service with an aim to making improvements.

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