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National Dementia Strategies

Dementia vision for Wales launched

The Welsh Assembly voted unanimously for a Dementia Plan in July 2008 and the plan “A dementia vision for Wales” was launched in February 2011. The Welsh Government announced additional funding of GBP 1.5 million each year to support and implement the action plans. There has also been an additional GBP 400,000 one-off funding to improve training and information on dementia.

The Welsh Government has announced a new action plan to help people living with dementia in Wales. The new Plan to transform dementia care in Wales was lunched on 14 February by Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething. This new innovative action plan will ensure people with dementia can live as independently as possible in their communities. Health Secretary Vaughan Gething said he wanted Wales to be a dementia friendly nation and has deidcated a budget of £10m a year with the aim to help people living with dementia live as independently as possible in their communities.

The new plan includes supporting a number of initiatives including: 

  • Dementia risk reduction

The revised 'Dementia: reduce your risk guidance' sets out the lifestyle choices individuals can take which could lessen the risk of developing dementia.

  • Dementia diagnosis rates

Action is being taken to improve dementia diagnosis rates in Wales, including extra training and support for primary care and care home staff.

  • Post-diagnostic support

The plan will fund new support workers across Wales to help those who have received a dementia diagnosis.  

  • Care in general hospital settings

The plan will support NHS Wales staff to ensure they have the knowledge and skills they need to provide the best care for patients with dementia.

  • Public awareness and support

The plan will provide further funding to the Alzheimer’s Society in Wales for their Dementia Friends/Dementia Supportive Communities campaigns

A full written statement from Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething on the new dementia plan can be read here:



Last Updated: Wednesday 14 February 2018