This is Scotland’s third National Dementia Strategy. It builds on our progress over the last ten years in transforming services and improving outcomes for people with dementia and their families and carers.
Our first strategy was published in 2010 and focused on improving the quality of dementia services through more timely diagnosis and on better care and treatment. The second focused on improving post diagnostic support and strengthening integrated and person centred support.
While there has been considerable progress in improving care and support for people, we know there is more to do.
Our shared vision is of a Scotland where people with dementia and those who care for them have access to timely, skilled and well-coordinated support from diagnosis to end of life which helps achieve the outcomes that matter to them.
Over the last ten years there has been progress around improving diagnosis rates, post-diagnostic support, workforce development and in improving the experience of people with dementia and that of their families and carers in hospital and other settings. However, we know there is more to do. With a continued focus on improving the quality of care, this strategy sets out 21 commitments around work on diagnosis, including post-diagnostic support; care co-ordination; end of life and palliative care; workforce development and capability; data and information; and research. At the heart of this strategy is a recognition of the need to ensure a person-centred and flexible approach to providing support at all stages of the care journey.