UK Prime Minister announces challenge on dementia

29 March 2012 - UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, announced on Monday the launch of a Challenge on Dementia programme of work which will take place between now and 2015 to improve dementia care and research across the country.

The programme will include an increase of £66 million on research, health checks for people over 65 to identify any symptoms of dementia with referral if necessary, and diagnosis targets will be set for each part of the country by April 2013. The government have also committed to funding ongoing awareness campaigns and working alongside Alzheimer's Society and Dementia Action Alliance to create Dementia Friendly Communities within the UK.

Three Champion Groups will be formed and co-chaired by high profile figures with the aim of supporting the development of the programme by bringing together leaders from the health and social care fields as well as industry and broader society. Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive of Alzheimer's Society will co-chair one of these groups, which will report back to the Prime Minister in September 2012 and March 2013.

These advances come after five months of advocacy efforts from Alzheimer's Society who have been in frequent discussion with the Prime Minister's advisers and health department officials.

View the Prime Minister's Challenge on Dementia.

See the Prime Minister's speech announcing the changes to be made.