Our commitments for Dementia in Sheffield

Closed 18 Jan 2019

Opened 3 Dec 2018


Our colleagues at Sheffield NHS Clinical Commissioning Group are running a consultation on dementia.

They've joined-up with Sheffield City Council and other organisations from the public, voluntary, community and private sectors to develop some commitments to improve the care and support for people who are living with dementia or providing care to someone who does.

The survey asks for your views on these commitments, how you think the city might achieve them and the success factors that will show when things are right for people living with dementia.

See below for some further information about why the commitments have been developed and why your views are important.


Why We Are Consulting

Information from Sheffield NHS Clinical Commissioning Group:

It is estimated that there are over seven thousand people living with dementia in Sheffield. The word ‘dementia’ describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. A person with dementia may also experience changes in their mood or behaviour. The specific symptoms that someone with dementia experiences will depend on the parts of the brain that are damaged and the disease that is causing the dementia.

On average, a person can live with dementia for a further 10 to 15 years after being diagnosed. Given the rise in the number of people living well into their seventies and eighties in the UK, this means dementia is an increasingly important factor in relation to how long we can expect to live in good health.

Inspired by the ‘Prime Minister’s 2020 Challenge on Dementia’, Public, voluntary, community and private sector organisations across Sheffield have committed to work together to improve the care and support for people of all ages living with or caring for those living with dementia to enable them to live life to their full potential.

Our draft commitments have been influenced by national guidance and best practice as well as through conversations with people living with dementia, their carers, volunteers and professionals who support people living with dementia from both health and social care.

There is an on-going pledge to ensuring that the voices of people living with dementia and caring for those living with dementia are heard and used to develop the actions plans that will drive the delivery of the commitments once they are agreed.

There is also a commitment to setting clear outcomes against which the success of the strategy can be measured against. These will be based on the outcomes that people living with dementia and their carers tell us are important to them.

We want to hear what you think about these commitments, how you think we might achieve them as a city, and how we will know when we are getting things right for people living with dementia.


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