Please note - this survey is now closed

The findings from this engagement can be found in the Dementia Strategy Engagement Report here. These findings will now be reviewed by the Dementia Strategy Implementation Group, before recommending a final version with an action plan for all partners across the City to formally agree.

 

What is dementia?

There are approximately 7,000 people currently living with dementia in Sheffield: that’s just over 1% of the whole of the city’s population.

Caused when the brain is damaged by diseases (such as Alzheimer’s disease or a series of strokes), dementia can show in a variety of symptoms, such as memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language.

Public, voluntary, community and private sector organisations across the city are working together to improve the care and support for people of all ages living with - or caring for those living with - dementia in Sheffield. Our vision is to make sure people with dementia are supported to live life to their full potential.

 

Our commitments

We know that dementia can affect people in different ways: with this in mind, we have created 13 commitments to delivering care and support that aim to accommodate everyone’s different experiences of dementia.

Our commitments are:

  1. Sheffield will become a dementia friendly city.
  2. We will ensure preventative health becomes an integral part of the dementia work.
  3. We will improve access to the diagnosis of the diseases that cause dementia at the earliest possible stage for the people of Sheffield.
  4. For people with dementia, support in Sheffield will be more personalised, local and accessible to help people to remain independent for as long as possible.
  5. We will provide high quality support to families and carers of people with dementia in Sheffield to help people with dementia maintain their independence for as long as possible.
  6. Sheffield will continue to provide out of hospital emergency assessments and short term care when people need it and in the most appropriate setting.
  7. Sheffield will continue to provide specialist inpatient assessment and treatment for people who are unable to receive care in their own homes.
  8. We will make sure that more people get access to personalised, good quality palliative and end of life care when they need it.
  9. We will improve care for people with dementia attending A&E and those admitted to Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.
  10. Care homes will take account of the needs of people with dementia.
  11. We will support the clinical and non-clinical research community in Sheffield.
  12. We will provide guidance to clinicians in relation to the best medicines for dementia, including when to initiate and review medication.
  13. We will monitor the strategy and the implementation plan supporting it.

You can find out more on each of these commitments by downloading the document here.

The draft Sheffield Dementia Strategy has been influenced by national guidance and best practice as well as through conversations with people living with dementia, their carers, volunteers and professionals who support people living with dementia from both health and social care. To find out more about the engagement undertaken to develop the draft Strategy please see our HealthWatch Sheffield report and Dementia Strategy pre-engagement report.

 

Thank you for sharing your thoughts

These 13 commitments are currently the first draft - we asked you what you think about these commitments and how you think we might achieve them as a city.

Thank you to everyone who shared your experiences and ideas - they will help us to make sure we’re committing to doing the right things.

An infographic showing the public feedback received about the draft Dementia Strategy

This is a printable version of https://www.sheffieldccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/Dementia.htm?pr=