The publication of the National Dementia Strategy was the first step in changing the lives of people with dementia in Ireland.
In order to have a significant impact this Strategy must be fully implemented and The Alzheimer Society of Ireland (ASI) is working with Government to ensure this is acheived.
Following the publication of the National Dementia Strategy (NDS) a monitoring group was established to assist and advise on implementation of the Strategy. The NDS Monitoring Group is chaired by the Department of Health and ASI is represented on the group by Pat McLoughlin, ASI CEO, Helen Rochford-Brennan, Chair of the Irish Dementia Working Group, and Sean Donal O'Shea, Committee Member of the Dementia Carers Campaign Network. This monitoring group meets three times each year.
In addition to this, a National Dementia Office has been established within the HSE. This office produces a newsletter, the first edition of which is available here.
As well as being involved in the NDS Monitoring Group, ASI is supporting implementation of the Strategy in several other ways. In December 2015 we hosted a multi-disciplinary clinicians round table to examine progress on the NDS. This event was a good opportunity for attendees to learn more about the Strategy, its contents and implementation, and to reflect on whether the NDS has delivered more integrated and collaborative approaches to dementia care. This event was a follow-up to a successful multi-disciplinary round-table held in 2013, which assisted the original development of the NDS. A report on the 2015 event is available here.
ASI is also focused on building political support for implementation of the NDS. Our Election 2016 campaign 'Vote to Remember' asked election candidates to pledge to Renew, Reform and Resource the Strategy. 45 elected TDs signed this pledge and we will continue to engage with them around implementation of the NDS. You can find out more about our election campaign here.
The current Government has commitment to fully implement the National Dementia Strategy and we will continue to work closely with the HSE and Department of Health to ensure this is acheived.