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The office was established under the remit of the National Social Care Division and is responsible for overseeing and managing the implementation of the three-year National Dementia Strategy programme plan.
“Currently, there are two staff working in the office with plans to have a project manager appointed in the coming months,” a HSE spokesperson told the Medical Independent (MI).
“The post of project manager had been filled previously, however, the person in the post has recently left the HSE to take up a post elsewhere.
“Funding of €1.5 million has been allocated for the establishment of the HSE National Dementia Office and service improvement measures.”
This newspaper has also learned that an expert panel is being put together to look at the overall impact of the National Dementia Strategy and the National Dementia Strategy Implementation Programme.
“Dr Mary Rose Day has agreed to chair the expert panel,” a HSE spokesperson told MI.
“Terms of reference and invitations to a group of subject matter experts has been issued and a date for a meeting agreed in September.”
In addition, funding of €2.7 million has been allocated for measures to raise public awareness, address stigma, and promote the inclusion and involvement in society of those with dementia.
“The campaign strategy entitled ‘Dementia Friendly Ireland’ (DFI) has established a steering committee, chaired by Prof Brian Lawlor,” said the spokesperson.
“A literature review, an attitudes survey and both qualitative and quantitative research are complete, and more recently a sounding board event to further inform the campaign was facilitated in Dublin. Plans are well advanced for a Nationwide Awareness Campaign to commence in September 2016.”