Give me something to believe in strategyDementia has been part of the work of the Birmingham Better Care Fund since February 2015.

Birmingham CrossCity CCG has worked with neighbouring clinical commissioning groups – Birmingham South Central, Sandwell and Birmingham and Solihull CCGs – as well as Birmingham City Council and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, and service users, carers and providers to identify what services are available and where the gaps are.

This has led to the development and launch of the Birmingham and Solihull Dementia Strategy for 2014-2017 Give me something to believe in.

The strategy aims to provide a clear framework for developing quality services for people with dementia, their families and carers. It also includes the testimony of the people we talked to, who shared their experiences – good and bad – with us.

It is a joint partnership document which sets out what is currently in place, as well as what should be in place for people with dementia, and a framework for partners to use when planning services.

Dementia is not just the responsibility of the health service, and the services that are in place have been commissioned through a number of funding streams and a number of different organisations.

For more information about local services, how to support someone with dementia, what to do if you think you or someone you know has dementia and for useful resources for professionals click here or visit the Birmingham Dementia Roadmap.

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