Dementia Strategy

Scotland’s first National Dementia Strategy was announced in 2012

Here is an overview of the Strategy

People who have dementia and those who care for them are entitled to dignity and respect and should be able to access services that provide support, care and treatment in a way that meets their personal needs. The Scottish Government and its partners in local government, and the voluntary and private sectors, are committed to delivering world-class dementia services in Scotland, by:

  • developing and implementing standards of care for dementia, drawing on the Charter of Rights produced by the Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Dementia;

  • improving staff skills and knowledge in both health and social care settings;

  • providing integrated support for local change, including through implementation of the dementia care pathway standards and through better information about the impact of services and the outcomes they achieve;

  • continuing to increase the number of people with dementia who have a diagnosis to enable them to have better access to information and support;

  • ensuring that people receiving care in all settings get access to treatment and support that is appropriate, with a particular focus on reducing the inappropriate use of psychoactive medication; and

  • continuing to support dementia research in Scotland.

In taking this work forward there will be a particular focus on two key change areas:

  • following diagnosis, by providing excellent support and information to people with dementia and their carers; and

  • in general hospital settings, by improving the response to dementia, including through alternatives to admission and better planning for discharge.

Improvements in each of these two areas will bring immediate benefits to people with dementia and their carers, as well as improving efficiency and quality of the care system, releasing resources to improve access to care.


The Strategy in full


The Right to Live with Dignity – Ann Pascoe’s┬áspeech about the strategy (Eden Court Theatre, September 2012)