Clinical areas - Dementia

The Health Innovation Network Dementia Clinical Programme is working in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders including health care, industry and third sector, academic institutions, services users and carers. Together we are developing and implementing innovative ways of improving health outcomes for people with dementia and working to share best practice across our network.

Dementia is one of the biggest challenges we face in health and social care. There are approximately 18,000 people in South London diagnosed with dementia, with a further estimated 9,000 undiagnosed1.

The prevalence of dementia is expected to increase 12 per cent by 20202. One in three people aged over 65 will have dementia by the time they die3 and at present an estimated 42 per cent of the population know a close friend or family member with dementia4.

The challenge of supporting this growing number of people with dementia is exacerbated by the large number of Londoners living alone – there are currently 334,000 Londoners over the age of 65 who live alone5.

Dementia costs society more than the costs of cancer, heart disease or stroke. The UK spends approximately £26.3 billion per year on dementia, about twice as much as cancer, yet this country spends nearly twelve times as much on cancer research than it does on researching dementia6.

Our priorities 

Our engagement activities with member organisations, people with dementia and their families, and other stakeholders have informed our two key themes:

  1. Post diagnostic support – it is important that appropriate care and support is in place for people immediately after diagnosis, to help them to maintain their independence, plan for the future, and come to terms with their diagnosis.
  2. Quality of care in the independent sector – with approximately one-third of people with dementia living in residential care, it is important that people receive high quality care that meets their needs effectively.

More information about our programme of work can be found in ‘Network Projects’ 


1 Quality and Outcomes Framework, Health & Social Care Information Centre, November 2015.
2 Projecting Older People Population Information System, 2015.
3 Dementia UK, The Alzheimer’s Society, 2014.
4 Dementia: A state of the nation report on dementia care and support in England, Department of   Health, 2013.
5 Dementia Needs Assessment, 2011.
6 Later Life in the United Kingdom, Age UK, 2015.