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3 June 2013: Scotland launches new National Dementia Strategy

Mr Alex Neil, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, launched Scotland’s new National Dementia Strategy at Alzheimer Scotland’s Dementia Connections Conference on 3 June.

A key aim of the new three-year strategy will be to improve standards of hospital care for people with dementia. It will see all general hospitals implement an action plan to prevent people with dementia going into hospital unnecessarily, ensure they get better care when in hospital and are helped to get home as quickly as possible once they are ready to leave.

The strategy will also build upon the achievements of the first strategy, including 300+ Dementia Champions, Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Nurses in health boards across Scotland, the Promoting Excellence knowledge and skills framework for all health and social care staff and the Standards of Care for Dementia in Scotland.

Secretary Neil said: “I am delighted to launch our second three year National Dementia Strategy, which will further improve diagnosis rates, transform the quality of post-diagnostic support and take forward a national action plan on improving care for people with dementia in hospitals.

“We’ve already seen huge progress since we made dementia a national priority in 2007. Currently 64% of Scots are getting a diagnosis, significantly better than other parts of the UK. Everyone diagnosed from 1 April this year is entitled to a named support worker to help them and their families understand the illness, manage its symptoms and plan for future care, described as a 'world leading' commitment by Alzheimer Scotland."

National Dementia Strategy launched on 1 June 2010

The Scottish government published its first-ever national dementia strategy on 1 June 2010 and this ran for three years.

On 6 June 2011, the report 'One Year On' was published by the dementia strategy's Implementation and Monitoring Group (see download below). To mark the first anniversary of the strategy, Nicola Sturgeon (Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Cities Strategy) presented new reports on care standards for dementia and a framework for staff working with people with dementia. A transcription of her speech and both reports are available below.

The government had announced that dementia would be a national priority as early as 1997. However, development of a comprehensive dementia strategy only began in 2009. This was sparked by  the publication of a report by the Mental Welfare and Care Commission and a wide-ranging consultation that covered the following aspects of dementia:

  • Treatment and Managing Behaviour
  • Assessment, Diagnosis and Patient Pathways
  • Improving the general service response to dementia
  • Rights, Dignity and Personalisation
  • Health Improvement, Public Attitudes and Stigma



Last Updated: Friday 05 July 2013