SCIE media releases 2010
SCIE signs the Dementia Declaration
26 October 2010
The largest ever united front against dementia
The Social Care Institute for Excellence is one of the organisations that has today signed a National Dementia Declaration.
The Dementia Action Alliance is formed of 45 organisations from the charity, public and private sectors. It’s been set up to bring about radical changes in the way society responds to dementia and to transform quality of life for people living with the condition. A letter from the Alliance has been published in the Daily Telegraph.
SCIE’s Chief Executive, Julie Jones, says:
Today’s declaration is the first step in this major campaign for change. There are no excuses for not knowing what good care practice looks like. We need to have an ambition to see real change by 2014. SCIE’s contribution includes a range of print and online publications, for instance the Dementia Gateway, which has practical tips, tools and activities for professionals and all those affected by dementia.
The Dementia Action Alliance commitments include:
- adapting practice to better reflect the needs of people with dementia
- increasing dementia-specific training
- campaigning for a more prominent place for dementia on the policy and research agendas.
With a combined membership of millions, the promises of these organisations have the potential to reach far and wide.
Notes to editors
- The National Dementia Declaration can be found here
- More details on the Dementia Action Alliance can be found here
- SCIE’s Dementia Gateway can be found here
- There are 750,000 people with dementia in the UK and this number is set to grow to over one million people by 2025. The financial cost of dementia in the UK is £20 billion each year and growing
- About SCIE – can be found here