Dementia commissioning pack launched by Department of Health

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The Dementia Commissioning Pack provides practical resources for health and social care commissioners to work together to improve the quality of both specialist dementia services and general health and care services for people with dementia and their carers.

The pack has been developed in consultation with a range of health and social care experts, including people with dementia and their carers. It aims to:

  • Improve quality of services for people with dementia by placing patient outcomes and patient choice at the heart of the commissioning process;
  • Drive efficiency by reducing unwarranted variation in services;
  • Reduce bureaucracy for commissioners by providing tailored documents and templates, bringing together the different aspects of commissioning (clinical, financial, commercial, contractual and procurement).

The Pack provides a commissioning framework, the clinical evidence and economic case for change, best practice specifications and costing tools, and information for people using services. Opportunities to review and reduce the inappropriate prescribing of antipsychotics for people with dementia features throughout the resource and linked to the national initiative: The Right Prescription: a call to action on the use of antipsychotic drugs for people with dementia.

Also published today is the Equalities action plan, which sets out a series of planned actions in relation to the implementation of the National Dementia Strategy and the Dementia Commissioning Pack. It supplements the Equality Impact Assessment published alongside the National Dementia Strategy in 2009 and has been compiled in line with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010.


Commissioning framework for dementia (PDF). Department of Health, 21st July 2011.

Handbook: using the Dementia Commissioning Pack (PDF). Department of Health, 21st July 2011.

National Dementia Strategy: Equalities action plan (PDF). Department of Health, 21st Jul 2011.

Additional guidance and resources on the Department of Health website.

The Right Prescription: a call to action on the use of antipsychotic drugs for people with dementia. NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement.

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André Tomlin is an Information Scientist with 20 years experience working in evidence-based healthcare. He's worked in the NHS, for Oxford University and since 2002 as Managing Director of Minervation Ltd, a consultancy company who do clever digital stuff for charities, universities and the public sector. Most recently André has been the driving force behind the Mental Elf and the National Elf Service; an innovative digital platform that helps professionals keep up to date with simple, clear and engaging summaries of evidence-based research. André is a Trustee at the Centre for Mental Health and an Honorary Research Fellow at University College London Division of Psychiatry. He lives in Bristol, surrounded by dogs, elflings and lots of woodland!

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