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Why choose dementia as a priority?

  • There will be 1 million people with dementia in the UK by 20251.
  • The number of people with dementia in Cardiff and Vale is projected to increase by 27% between 2015 and 20252.
  • The financial cost of dementia to the UK is £26 billion per annum1.
  • 80 per cent of people living in care homes have a form of dementia or severe memory problems1.
  • Delaying the onset of dementia by five years would reduce deaths directly attributable to dementia by 30,000 a year1.

Dementia Workshop - Clinical Lead: Dr Joseph Grey

A workshop held on 7th November 2014 brought together people who use and provide dementia services in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan to share their views about the future. 

Through better engagement with our population, better use of technology, and new ways of working, everyone at the workshop was asked to describe “what a new dementia service of the future could look like?”

Discussions during the workshop were captured in the form of visual minutes.  

Dementia Visual Minutes

Download a report summarising the workshop

A New Model of Care for Dementia

The first step in developing any new model of care is to describe a vision of what a future service should achieve. Working with Dr Joseph Grey, our dementia lead, we used the information from our workshop, together with published best practice from Wales, the UK and the wider world, to develop a Shaping Our Future Wellbeing shared vision of dementia care in the future.  

A report describing how the Clinical Senate and a Service User/3rd Sector feedback event helped refine the shared visions of care is available here. 

With this vision in mind, we can now begin to explore the changes that will be needed to make the vision a reality, and so begin to describe in detail a new model of care for dementia.


  1. Alzheimer’s Society: Leading the fight against dementia 2014[Accessed 13/04/15]
  2. Public Health Wales Observatory. Older people indicators 2012, using data from Daffodil (WG) & 2008 LA Population Projections (WG). Cardiff: Public Health Wales; 2012



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