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Birmingham and Solihull Mental health NHS Foundation Trust
Better Together

New dementia strategy launched to help thousands across Birmingham and Solihull

Published: 21/05/2014

Veteran broadcaster and dementia awareness champion, Angela Rippon, was joined by our Trust’s Chief Executive, John Short, and Director of Nursing, Sue Hartley, to launch a strategy to help thousands of people living with dementia across Birmingham and Solihull.

‘Give me something to believe in: Birmingham and Solihull Dementia Strategy 2014-17’, was launched on Monday, May 19 at a public event hosted by the clinical commissioning groups that cover Birmingham and Solihull, Birmingham City Council and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council.

The event was introduced by Alzheimer’s Society ambassador, Angela Rippon, who spoke of her experiences caring for her mother who was diagnosed with dementia and died in 2009.

The strategy is a joint partnership document which sets out what is currently in place as well as what should be in place for people with dementia, and a framework for partners to use when planning services.
Taking place at the beginning of Dementia Awareness Week (18-24 May 2014), the event attracted more than 200 people, including staff from our Memory Assessment Service (MAS) who also took part in workshops to give advice, information and help about living with dementia.

Dr Aqil Chaudary,mental health lead for Birmingham Cross City CCG and one of our Trust governors, said: “This strategy has been created to improve the lives of more than 16,500 people in Birmingham and Solihull who are living with dementia. The title of the strategy ‘give me something to believe in’ is at the heart of this work, which is dedicated to ensuring people with dementia, their family and carers get the help and support they need.
“We know that more people are being diagnosed with dementia, so it’s crucial that the feedback we’ve received has been included and embedded in the strategy to improve people’s lives now and in years to come.”