The Health and Social Care Board and Public Health Agency work in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society and local Health and Social Care Trusts to implement Improving Dementia Services in Northern Ireland. Published in 2011 this regional strategy aims to promote a culture which ensures people with dementia are supported to live with dignity and without stigma.
The strategy contains 44 recommendations categorised under seven themes including:
• Raising awareness
• Promoting early assessment and diagnosis
• Supporting people with dementia and their caregivers
The Dementia Learning and Development Framework has been developed to enable health and social care staff deliver the best quality of care to people living with dementia, their families and carers. Find out more about the Dementia Learning and Development Framework.
Dementia Training for Informal Caregivers is aimed at family members and friends of people living with dementia. The training will equip them with the knowledge, skills and understanding of caring for a person living with a dementia and help them build confidence and resilience in undertaking their caring role. Find out more about Dementia Training for Informal Caregivers.
Northern Ireland’s first Dementia Champions graduated in February 2017. During 2017 a further two cohorts will complete the Dementia Champions training programme which will bring the number of Dementia Champions in Northern Ireland to over 300. Key areas covered by the programme include receiving a dementia diagnosis, research and evidence based practice in dementia care, communication and promoting enabling environments.
Open to health and social care staff from all disciplines and work settings, it is unique in that students are required to undertake a change project within their area of work that will lead to improved practice, care, support and treatment for people with a dementia and their carers. The Dementia Champions Training Programme was developed and provided in partnership by the Health and Social Care Board, the Public Health Agency, Connected Health, North West Regional College, the Department of Health and Atlantic Philanthropies.
There are currently an estimated 20,000 people living with a dementia in Northern Ireland. Being aware of general signs and symptoms of dementia is important. An early diagnosis allows people to receive the treatment and care which enable them to live independent and fulfilling lives in their own community. Early diagnosis and support also enable people to make their own decisions about their care and to make plans for the future.
Learn more about the signs and symptoms of dementia at nidirect