All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia (APPG) is a cross party group made up of MPs and Peers with an interest in dementia.

The APPG is run in partnership with Alzheimer's Society, which provides administrative support and expert advice to the group.

Its aim is to influence legislation and policy making in order to improve the lives of people with dementia and their carers.

The Group meets several times a year and uses each meeting to focus on specific issues affecting people with dementia. It also conducts inquiries on issues that affect people living with dementia.

The APPG held its most recent AGM on 26 April 2022, electing the officers listed below. You can read minutes from this session here.

APPG Officers

Co-Chairs: Debbie Abrahams MP and Baroness Sally Greengross

Vice-Chairs: Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick, Lord David Blunkett, Lord Philip Hunt, Dr James Davies MP,  Elliot Colburn MP, Jeremy Wright MP, Judith Cummins MP, Marie Rimmer MP, Mark Menzies MP, Simon Baynes MP, Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP, Liz Saville-Roberts MP, Laurence Robertson MP

Additional Members: Dr Lisa Cameron MP

APPG on Dementia inquiry

How can we ensure people with dementia who draw on social care can live the lives they want to? 

People with dementia should be able to live the lives they wish to lead and this should not be restricted because they need to draw on social care. The APPG on Dementia is conducting an inquiry into how the social care workforce can enable this to happen. How can we build a social care workforce which supports people with dementia, and their families, live the lives they wish to lead? 

The Group is particularly interested in exploring what the more specialist needs of people with dementia who draw on care, what the barriers are to them accessing this care, and to what extent people living with dementia can shape the care they receive. 

The inquiry will also investigate how those with dementia from underrepresented groups are supported in care, how technology and research can be used to support care staff in delivering more personalised care, and how the Government's proposals on reforms to the social care workforce should support people with dementia. 

The APPG will be holding oral evidence session as a part of the inquiry over the coming weeks, during which they will be hearing from people with and affected by dementia, charities, sector organisations and other experts in care. 

Oral Evidence Session 1

Thursday 24 February 2022

During this session, the Group explored what the needs are of people with dementia, how these do and don't differ from others who draw on social care, and what the barriers are to them accessing the care they wish to receive. 

During this session, the Group heard from: 

  • Paul Edwards: Director of Clinical Services, Dementia UK
  • Trevor and Gaye  - Two people affected by dementia. 

There is a recording of the session available to watch.

Oral Evidence Session 2

Thursday 10 March 3.15pm-4.15pm 

During this session, the Group explored how a social care workforce can support people's cultural and social needs. 

During this session, the Group heard from: 

  • Mohammed Akhlak Rauf MBE - Meri Yaadain CiC
  • Barbara Gray - Health Inequalities and Diversity Advisor, and family carer. 
  • Morcea Walker - Trustee, Health Watch and community leader. 

There is a recording of the session available to watch. 

Oral Evidence Session 3

Thursday 17 March 3.15pm-4.15pm

During this session, the Group explored how we can train and skill the care workforce to support people with dementia to live the lives they wish to lead. The Group heard from:

  • Professor Clive Ballard - Pro-Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean of the the University of Exeter College of Medicine and Health and lead researcher for the WHELD Programme
  • Jenny Paton - Strategy, Impact and Policy Director, Skills for Care 

There is a recording of the session available to watch.

Oral Evidence Session 4

Thursday 31 March 3.15pm-4.15pm

During this session, the Group explored the Government's role in reforming the social care workforce and the future of dementia care. The Group heard from:

  • Cath Barton - Development and Operations Lead, Community Circles
  • Kath Crowther - a person affected by dementia who received support from Community Circles
  • Claire Morphet - Family Support Manager PossAbilities, Shared Lives care service lead

There is a recording of the session available to watch.

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