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This resource collection contributes to the emerging evidence base by drawing out the key messages from independent evaluations of their Dementia Friendly Community (DFC) programmes. This collection consists of three resources (please click on title to access resource):

  1. Shared learning from programmes
  2. Evaluation of Bradford Dementia Friendly Communities Programme
  3. Evaluation of York Dementia Friendly Communities Programme

Ways Forward

  • The active, meaningful engagement of people with dementia and their families is fundamental.
  • DFCs must engage with, and achieve equity for, all people with dementia, whatever their circumstances.
  • Practical barriers to inclusion must be addressed if normal lives are to be continued.
  • The human rights of people with dementia and carers must be recognised and promoted.
  • DFCs must be underpinned by ongoing awareness raising, training and positive media coverage.
  • Connections and networks, within and beyond the community, are at the heart of DFCs.
  • Local grassroots community activity is the bedrock of DFCs.
  • This activity must be supported by strong strategic planning, commissioning and leadership.
  • Both primary and secondary health providers have a vital role to play in supporting social inclusion
  • There is no template - each community must develop its own approach.

HBN 08-02 is intended particularly for those who are new to this topic, and to people living with dementia or their advocates who may be engaged as part of stakeholder engagement processes. It may also be helpful for commissioning organisations, auditors and regulators, giving an overall perspective of the dementia-friendly design issues that need to be addressed.

Dementia 2014, is the third annual report by The Alzheimer's Society looking at the quality of life for people with dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The provides a snapshot of how well people are living with their dementia, what support they are receiving, and what barriers they face to living well. The report can be downloaded by clicking here:

Dementia UK (2014) is commissioned through King's College London and the London School of Economics, provides the most detailed and robust picture to date of prevalence and economic impact of dementia in the UK. The research updates the findings of the 2007 Dementia UK report, which led to landmark changes in how dementia was prioritised across the UK. An accurate understanding of dementia prevalence and cost in the UK is an important lever for policy development, influencing, commissioning and service design. The overview can be downloaded by clicking here:

This is the 'year one' annual report for 'The Prime Minister's Challenge on Dementia'. It is a progress report focusing on improving care, dementia friendly communities and increased colloboration in terms of raising dementia awareness.

Other Bolton's Health Matters Knowledge Hub resources of relevance:

This strategy provides a strategic framework within which local services can:

  • deliver quality improvements to dementia services and address health inequalities relating to dementia;
  • provide advice and guidance and support for health and social care commissioners and providers in the planning, development and monitoring of services; and
  • provide a guide to the content of high-quality services for dementia.

You can access the document by clicking here:

An analysis of 2011 acute inpatient data from SuS PbR Post Recon for patients registered in GM or attending an Acute in GM. The data has been segmented into "spells with a dementia diagnosis" and "other spells" and the two cohorts have been compared to estimate the effect of having a dementia diagnosis on the key performance indicators of length of stay and PbR tariff. It is very clear from this analysis that there is robust evidence that patients with a diagnosis of dementia stay about 5 days longer and have tariffs about £800 higher than other patients even when taking into account relative age, gender and admission type. Data is broken down into a variety of areas - including PCT, Provider & age level. 

 The Medicine for Managers briefings are succinct profiles of particular diseases or conditions compiled by Dr Paul Lambden for They provide a useful overview of the disease, with an explanation of the causes and possible treatments, as well as epidemiological information. This briefing centres on dementia.

An independent review of dementia services and functional mental health services in Bolton, commissioned by NHS Bolton and Bolton Council, and performed by Tony Ryan Associates. The areas covered by the review were:
• Secondary care services for people with mental health problems (functional illness and dementia) including in-patient and community services.
• The developing integrated (health and social care) Community Dementia Service and how this inter-relates with the wider social care environment in the independent and voluntary sectors.
• ‘24/7’ access to mental health services for both urgent and non-urgent needs.
• Examining the access to acute care services for people of 16 years and upwards.

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