Westminster Health Forum

Improving dementia outcomes in England - research, personalised care and health and social care integration

TO BE PUBLISHED December 2019

This seminar will consider the way forward for improving dementia care in England - looking at supporting research, personalised care, and integrating health and social care services.

It is timed as the Dementia 2020 Challenge approaches its final year and will provide an opportunity to consider how to ensure progress continues post-2020.

We expect discussion to reflect the implications of findings in the Dementia 2020 challenge: progress review, which included:

  • local variation in diagnosis rates and uptake of post-diagnostic support;
  • a lack of focus on recruiting those with dementia to take part in research; and
  • challenges for improving quality of care - such as restricted funding, increasing demand for beds and nursing, and workforce shortages.

The agenda includes case study contributions from:

  • Professor Helen Rostill, Director, Innovation, Development and Therapies, Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Professor, University of Surrey who will outline her work on the Technology Integrated Health Management for dementia project which explores how technology can be used to aid independent living;
  • Dr Elizabeth Gill, Clinical Chair, NHS High Weald Lewes Havens Clinical Commissioning Group, on the ‘Golden Ticket’ project which provides personalised care and social prescribing to patients with dementia and their carers; and
  • Dr Hilda Hayo, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Admiral Nurse, Dementia UK, on the role of Admiral Nurses in providing care in the community.


Attendees will consider the challenges for improving prevention, looking at engaging high-risk but under-reached groups - including BAME and non-English speaking communities - and making public messaging more accessible.

It takes place in the context of the Challenge’s commitment to improve public understanding of the risk factors for dementia and the progress review’s findings that awareness of the link between dementia risk and lifestyle behaviours is low.

The agenda also includes sessions on the integration of services across health, housing and social care, in light of the commitment in the NHS Long Term Plan to provide enhanced support in the community through multidisciplinary teams in primary care networks.

Further discussion is expected on the expansion of personalised care for dementia, following NHS England’s Universal Personalised Care: Implementing the Comprehensive Model which commits to exploring the right to personal health budgets for those with dementia.

Delegates will assess how to support shared decision-making and patient choice whilst addressing barriers to uptake such as simplifying the personal health budget process, providing adequate funding and increasing the availability of post-diagnostic support services.

Ahead of the expected publication of the Government’s green paper on social care, this seminar also provides an opportunity to assess options for the funding of social care and ensuring integration with health and housing services.

The agenda includes further sessions on supporting dementia research and progress on meeting the goals of the Ageing Society Grand Challenge mission to ensure people have at least five extra healthy, independent years of life by 2035.

The seminar also follows the announcement of £79m of government investment for research into early diagnosis for diseases including dementia through the Accelerating Detection of Disease programme - and delegates will assess the opportunities for tackling variations in diagnosis rates at the local level.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Health Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates