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S5W-21512: Monica Lennon (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 6 February 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to ensure that people newly diagnosed with dementia will receive the minimum of one year’s post-diagnostic support that they are entitled to.

Answered by: Clare Haughey 26 February 2019

As part of the 2017-2020 National Dementia Strategy, we continue to take national action to support local partnerships to improve the quality of post-diagnostic support in line with the national LDP Standard, to train the workforce, innovative and improve the consistency of the service and access to it.

We recently commissioned Healthcare Improvement Scotland to lead work on a new locality-based project to test the delivery of home-based post-diagnostic services to a high volume to clients with a high level of additional care needs. This will involve innovations in terms of service design, professional roles and technology. A test site will be selected in coming months.

In addition, we have extended by 12 months the projects in East Edinburgh, Nithsdale and Shetland to test the re-location of post-diagnostic services in primary care. We also continue to deliver post-diagnostic training as part of the national Promoting Excellence dementia skills and knowledge framework.

Integration Joint Boards are responsible for planning, commissioning and delivering dementia post-diagnostic services.