In Dorset, over 10,000 people are living with dementia and with Dorset’s growing population of older people this is likely to increase.
Our staff are working hard to provide the best care possible for people living with dementia. But things could be better if we developed our dementia services further.
That’s why we launched a review of dementia services. NHS Dorset CCG has been working with people affected by dementia or working in dementia services to look at how we can improve dementia services.
Together, we developed various options and selected a preferred way forward.
We want to make sure that no matter where someone lives in Dorset, if they are diagnosed with dementia they are offered high quality, compassionate care and support throughout their dementia journey and that their family carers also feel informed and supported.
Working with over 300 people, including people living with dementia and their carers, we used all of the information from the needs analysis and the feedback from the view seeking to develop models for how dementia services in Dorset could be improved.
The participants identified the ideal services and created an initial long list of options. This long list was gradually narrowed down to a short list of options and then one preferred option was agreed.
More information on the ‘design and modelling’ can be found in the Strategic Outline Case.