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Help NHS and care partners reshape dementia support

People who live with dementia - and carers of people affected by dementia - are being invited to help the NHS and adult social care bosses reshape dementia support.

There are four events coming up for local people to share their ideas about what is good and what needs to be improved. There is no need to book in advance of attending these meetings.  Anyone affected by dementia may attend. 

Their views will help NHS and social care commissioners to examine what future services could look like.  And this will all feed into the wider review of adult mental health services, which is currently taking place across Norfolk and Waveney.

The work is being carried out on behalf of the Norfolk and Waveney Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP), which is a group of 13 health and social care organisations, such as the NHS and the county councils for Norfolk and Suffolk.

Dr Liz Waddy, a GP from South Norfolk, said: “Using people’s feedback and ideas we aim to develop a set of draft dementia support recommendations early in the New Year. These will take on board good practice beyond Norfolk and Waveney, and guidance from the recent wider Mental Health Review.”

Dementia is a growing health and care issue across the country and particularly in Norfolk and Waveney, where there is a larger ageing population.

It is estimated that in Norfolk and Waveney there are about 16,250 people over 65 with dementia. There are also 353 people in Norfolk and Waveney under 64 with a recorded dementia diagnosis.

So making services that reflect the needs of local people - within the resources available – will have growing importance in the years ahead.

The meetings are for carers and those directly affected by dementia to attend. The meetings will consider dementia support in the context of healthy living and reducing risk of developing dementia, the need to diagnose dementia well, supporting people to live well, carer support and dying well.

They are:

• Waveney

1.30-3.30pm on Wednesday, 28 November at Beccles House, Common Lane North, Beccles, NR34 9BN

• West Norfolk

1.30-3.30pm on Thursday, 29 November at Provident Street Community Centre in King’s Lynn, PE30 5ET

• Norwich

12.30am-2.30pm on Monday, 3 December in The Dinneen Room of West Costessey Hall, Poethlyn Drive, Queen’s Hills, Costessey, NR8 5BP

• North Norfolk

2-4pm on Tuesday, 4 December at Aylsham Care Trust, St Michael’s Avenue, Aylsham, NR11 6YA

There is no need to book in advance of attending these meetings and for further information please contact or telephone 01603 595855.​