Cover.pngA new dementia strategy has been launched for the citizens of Birmingham and Solihull, setting out how health and social care will work together to improve the lives of people with dementia and those who look after them.

A joint strategy has been developed in partnership between Birmingham and Solihull Integrated Care Board, Birmingham City Council and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council. The strategy has been shaped by the priorities and views of people that have dementia, their carers, and health and social care professionals who were all engaged as part of the strategy’s development.

The strategy sets out four key priorities:

1. Information which focuses on prevention of dementia, early intervention and support.

2. Access to a timely diagnosis with support before and after.

3. Supporting people with dementia, their loved ones, carers and communities to prevent crisis.

4. Improving the quality of personalised care and support planning for people with dementia, including planning for the end of life.

The strategy also contains an action plan, outlining what health and social care partners will commit to deliver over the next five years to improve all aspects of the dementia journey, from prevention and early diagnosis, to treatment and support to live well, through to considerations for those at the end of life. The strategy also includes specific actions around tackling health inequalities for those affected by dementia.

To read the strategy and action plan visit the dementia section of NHS Birmingham and Solihull's website.