Improving dementia care and support across Wales

Improvement Cymru, together with people living with dementia, carers health and social care professionals, have created a set of 20 mandatory standards that are focused on improving dementia services. These are known as the ‘All Wales Dementia Care Pathway of Standards’. 

About the standards

As a Regional Partnership Board, we want to come together with people living with dementia, carers and families to ensure the standards are being met. You can read more about the All Wales Dementia Care Pathway of Standards here.

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Listening to and involving our communities

We want to listen to our communities to support them to develop dementia friendly spaces.

We aim to do this by:

  • Listening to people and empowering them to drive positive changes in their own communities
  • Offering communities opportunities to shape services
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Improving diagnosis experiences

We want to make the journey to diagnosis better for people.

We aim to do this by:

  • Reducing inequalities across the region
  • Spreading good practice so we can improve people’s experiences
  • Supporting people waiting for their diagnosis
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Recruiting dementia connectors

We want to improve people’s experience following a dementia diagnosis.

We aim to do this by:

  • Employing a number of dementia connectors across Cwm Taf Morgannwg (will be run as a pilot initially)
  • Evaluating the role with people affected by dementia to improve their experiences
  • Supporting people to plan for their future health and social care needs
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Implementing the dementia friendly hospital charter

We want to improve the experience of people with dementia when they are in hospital.

We aim to do this by:

  • Improving our environments
  • Improving the care people receive
  • Monitoring and supporting staff to make improvements
  • Coordinating a seamless move between hospital settings when necessary
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Supporting and developing our workforces

We want to develop our staff to provide the best dementia care in their daily practice

We aim to do this by:

  • Understand our dementia services and referral pathways
  • Identify where there are gaps that need to be met
  • Identify the best way to use funding to support positive changes
  • Create a plan to develop our workforce based on what people need
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Understanding our populations

We want to understand our population so we can develop better services.

We aim to do this by:

  • Improving our data collection
  • Working with our GPs to understand our population of people with dementia
  • Improving how we record outcomes for people so we can spread good practice and improve services
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What we have achieved



Over 1800 people have been involved in creating these priorities.



Six workstreams guided by a dementia steering group, will take this work forward.



Over ten songs, poems, artworks and drama sketches have been created to share how people feel about these themes.

Learn more about our work to improve services and support for people living with dementia here.

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Throughout the five years we will be sharing updates on progress, and working co-productively with people who live and work in our communities to meet our ambitions.

The full Regional Area Plan is available in the link.

If you have any questions, please email

Download the Regional Area Plan

We work hard to consult, engage and coproduce with people with lived experience. The All Wales Dementia Care Standards, that we are working towards implementing, were co-produced by 1800 people with a lived experience. Alongside this we have hosted a number of events and opportunities for people to join with us to influence service changes and talk about the things that are important to them. We have prioritised working with people with a lived experience and will continue the conversations we have been having and opportunities to co-produce and co-design our services moving forward.


Within our region we have a Regional Integration Fund that is specifically for dementia. It is ring-fenced, which means that it can only be spent on projects that help people with dementia or their carers.

We currently have 6 work streams which are looking at how we can make things better for people with dementia. The six work streams are:

1. Community Engagement
2. Memory Assessment Services
3. Dementia Connector
4. Hospital Charter
5. Learning and workforce
6. Measurement

And together they are building plans and striving to bring about positive change based on the standards and what people in our communities have told them is important.

More information

If you would like to be involved in any of our work there are lots of opportunities. We are always looking for people with a lived experience to sit on our work streams but if that doesn’t interest you at this time you can sign up to our dementia campaign where you will be contacted with other opportunities to be involved.

These include:

• Attending one of our hackathons
• Being part of the memory Assessment Services pathway review
• Sharing your stories and experiences
• Being a community listener so you can help other people share their stories and experiences.

Do you or a loved one have dementia? Do you work with people with dementia? Share your thoughts on these priorities.

We are proud to be members of
Co-Production Network for Wales.

We are proud to be members of
Co-Production Network for Wales.