- describe the range of dementia adviser and peer support organisational models developed; and their evolution, management and governance.
- evaluate the impact of the new service models in terms of:
- the well-being of patients and carers
- their contribution to the objective of the Strategy
- the integration, sustainability and transferability of the organisational models involved
- examine in depth the patient/carer experience of the new service models, in respect of increasing accessibility, improving involvement and information, enhancing support for making choices, and increasing independence.
The study began on 1 April 2010 and is due to complete in September 2012. Interim findings indicate:
- strengthened partnership working;
- increased awareness of dementia on the part of providers;
- support provided being seen to fill a 'gap' in existing provision;
- a perceived reduction in carer stress;
- appreciation from other providers of the value of the new services;
- a reduction in demand for statutory services; and
- a network built on commonality of experience.
Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said: