Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group

Living Well with Dementia

Read about our progress so far in improving dementia services across Dorset.

The ‘Living Well with Dementia’ Action Plan outlines the progress and actions of the Dorset Dementia Partnership over the past year and a half, since the Memory Gateway Service was introduced in September 2014.

The Memory Gateway Service is used by GPs in Dorset to help diagnose and support people with dementia. It links with the Memory Support and Advisory Service, which is commissioned by the NHS Dorset CCG and provided by the Alzheimer’s Society, and the Memory Assessment Service provided by Dorset Health Care.

So far, over 4000 people have had support through these services and dementia diagnosis rates have increased to over 62.2%.

Dr Paul French, Dementia Lead in Dorset says “We are pleased with the outcomes so far. We have been able to offer GPs another option to support their patients to live well and independently for as long as possible. We will continue to work in partnership with organisations across Dorset to further improve dementia care.”

The Dorset Dementia Partnership is made up of people who represent different organisations across health and social care, such as the local authorities. It also includes, amongst others, employees of the fire brigade and the police, as well as people living with dementia and their carers. This partnership informs the dementia programme led by the NHS Dorset CCG.

Anyone concerned about their memory is encouraged to talk to their GP. Or call the Dorset Memory Support and Advisory Service on 0300 123 1916 to speak to a trained advisor from the Alzheimer’s Society or email

The NHS Dorset CCG is beginning to plan a review of all dementia services in Dorset. More information will soon be available. 

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