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Dementia 2020 Conference

13 April 2017

Implementing the Challenge | 13 April 2017 | Royal Society of Medicine, London

The challenge on Dementia 2020 contains over 50 commitments that together aspire to make England the best country in the world for dementia care and support, for people with dementia to live; and to conduct dementia research. The 50 commitments are split across four themes: risk reduction, health and care, awareness and social action, and research.

The Implementation Plan published on 6th March 2016 sets out how these commitments will be met. It sets out priority actions and the organisation responsible, across 4 themes:
  • Risk reduction
  • Health and care
  • Awareness and social action
  • Research
The 2020 Challenge spans five years and has two clear phases:
  • Up to 2018 – this covers the immediate actions both Government and delivery partners will take over the next 12-18 months to improve dementia care and support, awareness and research.
  • 2018-2020 - this covers longer term actions that will deliver all of the 2020 Challenge commitments.
Progress in both phases will be monitored by the Dementia Programme Board, chaired by Jane Ellison MP, Parliamentary under Secretary of State for Public Health, and comprising senior leaders from many of the partner organisations involved in the 2020 Challenge.

In addition, the Government, working with key delivery partners, will establish a Citizens’ Panel of people with dementia and carers to regularly review the progress.

A full formal review of the Implementation Plan will take place in 2018, using the findings of the Citizens’ Panel, wider engagement and range of data and measures.

This conference will review and assess the actions included in the Implementation plan, providing the necessary transparency to ensure that its actions – and later updates – make a real and lasting difference to people with dementia, their families and their carers.

Through our inaugural conference in London and the accompanying Northern version, we have ensured that the leading stakeholders are convened to discuss the progressions to date. These activities have empowered hundreds of health and care professionals with valuable insight on future policy aspirations for 2020 and beyond. The huge success of these conferences also enabled Govconnect to utilise its social status and reinvest back into many community projects and national charities.

This Implementation Plan was agreed by each delivery partner, and signed off by the Dementia Programme Board and Ministers. However, engagement with delivery partners was only part of the process.

There was extensive engagement, with people with dementia and carers, the engagement sessions were focused on what people living with dementia and carers felt were the key priorities in the 2020 Challenge that will make the biggest difference to them. The following priorities were identified:
  • Better support for people with dementia and their carers following diagnosis.
  • People with dementia being able to live in their own home independently for longer.
  • Improved waiting times for diagnosis, applied consistently and country-wide.
  • GPs ensuring continuity of care.
  • All people with dementia being given the opportunity to plan ahead at the right time through advanced care planning.

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