Dementia affects approximately 850,000 people in the UK—it results in loss of memory, difficulties with daily-living activities, and emotional changes. NHS England has published an Implementation guide and resource pack for dementia care, which sets out what good quality assessment, diagnosis, and care look like in relation to formal guidance. It also considers the views and expectations of people living with dementia and their carers.

The guide, which is shaped by the framework set by the NHS Mandate, has two clear requirements to enhance dementia care, through increasing the number of people diagnosed with dementia and beginning treatment within 6 weeks of referral; and improving post-diagnostic treatment and support quality for people with dementia and their carers.

Support is given to the guide by Dementia: Good care planning and RightCare scenario: Getting the dementia pathway right.