Dementia United is the Greater Manchester programme for dementia. It aims to make our region the best place to live if you have dementia or are caring for someone with dementia.
The devolution difference
In April 2016, our dementia diagnosis rates were already higher than the national average. The devolution of Greater Manchester Health and Social Care (GMHSC) has given us a unique opportunity to build on that fantastic work.
Devolution has enabled us to approach dementia in a more joined-up fashion. Bringing together professionals and organisations both inside and outside the NHS. When our health system devolved, tackling dementia was identified as an early priority.
Dementia United is Greater Manchester’s programme of work that aims to make Greater Manchester the best place to live if you have dementia or are caring for someone who does.
We bring together all sorts of people and professionals. From people living with dementia and their carers, to the NHS, Alzheimer’s Society, universities across Greater Manchester, Transport for Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester Police and many more.
What are our objectives?
Our primary objective is to make Greater Manchester the best place to live if you’re living with dementia or are caring for someone who does.
To achieve that, we work towards three goals:
1) Providing access to dementia care services for all
2) Increase independence for those living with dementia
3) Ensuring equally high standard of dementia care, no matter where you live
Patrick talks about living with frontal lobe atrophy and his experiences of working with the team. Patrick’s passionate about more people with lived experience of dementia getting involved in the Dementia United programme of work.
At the heart of our work are people with lived experience. Liz and Mike are involved in numerous workstreams and use their experiences and knowledge to help us make informed decisions and improve outcomes.