Dementia awareness evaluation to be conducted by Qa

Surrey County Council and NHS Surrey have worked jointly with stakeholders to develop a five year Dementia and Older People’s Mental Health Joint Commissioning Strategy. The thrust of the strategy is to modernise dementia and older peoples mental health services in line with national strategies. These strategies drive integration of health and social care services to develop into modern comprehensive services that support independence and promote personalisation

Surrey’s Dementia Strategy cites raising awareness of dementia as a key element of its proposed activities. Qa has been commissioned to conduct a Dementia Awareness survey of the general population of Surrey.

The survey will be designed in the form of a quiz as a means to making the engagement process more accessible and enjoyable. Data will be collected by our face to face interviewers at a range of locations throughout the county.

Key areas of questioning will aim to uncover awareness and perceptions of:

  • How a person develops Dementia
  • How risk of Dementia could be reduced
  • What can be done to alleviate Dementia
  • What life might be like if living with Dementia
  • Understanding of how to approach others with Dementia

The results will be used by Surrey CC and Surrey NHS to develop plans to raise better awareness of what Dementia is so that residents can find ways learn to more about the condition or access help for themselves or a loved one.

For more information about this study and other Dementia related projects please contact kay.silversides@qaresearch.co.uk