In 2013, there were 42,325 people with young onset dementia (onset before the age of 65 years) in the UK; over 3,000 people in the South West.
The South West SCN co-ordinate the working group for Young Onset Dementia (including Huntingdon’s Chorea). The group help to ensure younger people diagnosed with dementia in the South West receive best practice information, support and care. The aims of the group include developing commissioning guidance on how to ensure timely and accurate diagnosis, ensuring peer support is appropriate for younger people with dementia, providing advice to employers of those with dementia, and setting up a dementia register.
In order to provide guidance to commissioners, providers, social care and voluntary sector, the South West SCN is undertaking a mapping exercise of service provision in the region for those with Young Onset Dementia. This exercise will identify what is available in the South West and help share examples of good practice.
If you are interested in joining this group, please contact Anna Bilham using the ‘Contact us’ tab, giving details of your current role and why you have a particular enthusiasm for the Group’s remit.
|Sonya Pratt (Chair)||Devon Partnership|
|Adam Zeman||Exeter University|
|Andrea Blotkamp||Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group|
|Alison Rowswell||Somerset CCG|
|Anne Rollings||North Somerset Community Partnership|
|Derek Dominey||Alzheimers Society|
|Elizabeth Coulthard||North Bristol Trust|
|Eric Holliday||Swindon CCG|
|Roy Jones||Bath University|
|William Knight||South Devon Healthcare|