The Prime Minister's Challenge on Dementia - A report on progress

8 November 2012
The three champion groups tasked with leading the Prime Minister’s groundbreaking Dementia Challenge have published a update on progress made in the first 7 months.

The report, Delivering major improvements in dementia care and research by 2015: A report of progress’, outlines the aims, achievements and ambitions of the challenge’s three champion groups so far, as well as planned activities going forward.

The report includes a range of initiatives to improve end of life care for people with dementia, including new guidance produced by The National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) to help identify and address pain and distress in the later stages of dementia.

Eve Richardson, Chief Executive of NCPC and the Dying Matters coalition, and member of the Care and Support Champion Group, attended the launch of the report at Number 10 today. She said:

“It is fantastic to see the progress already made on delivering the ambitious vision laid out by the Prime Minister in his Challenge on Dementia. The National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) is working with the Government and its range of partners to improve the lives of people with dementia and their families from diagnosis until the end of life. It is so important that people’s wishes for the later stages of their lives are discussed and noted, so that they can be met when the time comes

“Great progress has been made over recent years to improve dementia care, particularly since the National Dementia Strategy (2009) and End of Life Care Strategy (2008), but we still have a way to go in making sure high-quality care and support and enlightened, compassionate communities is a reality for everyone. We are delighted to be supporting this initiative from the highest level of Government to raise greater public awareness of dementia and to mobilise people to change the way they support some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.”

Alistair Burns, National Clinical Director for dementia, recorded a series of short interviews with members of the champion groups at the Downing Street reception for the Dementia Challenge. You can listen to the interviews, including a conversation with Eve Richardson about the importance of end of life care for people with dementia, here.

You can read the progress report here.

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