Independent report

Peer support networks and dementia advisers: evaluation

The findings of the Healthbridge evaluation report into peer support networks and dementia advisers.

Documents

Healthbridge: the national evaluation of peer support networks and dementia advisers in implementation of the national dementia strategy for England

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Healthbridge: the national evaluation of peer support networks and dementia advisers in implementation of the national dementia strategy for England brief summary

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Detail

This report, commissioned by the Department of Health, provides evidence on the importance of post diagnostic support for people with dementia and their carers, and the role that dementia advisers and peer support networks can provide in this.

Important messages from the report are:

  • people with dementia and carers saw dementia advisers and peer support networks as having a positive impact on their wellbeing and quality of life
  • demonstrator sites provided evidence of both dementia advisers and peer support networks filling a gap in service provision that often occurs after diagnosis but before there is a need for more intensive support
  • both initiatives were seen as having resource saving implications for the local health and social care economy