PERFORMANCE: Surrey County Council and local NHS organisations have developed a tool to help councils nationally improve standards of care for people with dementia.

They have created a system for the Department of Health that all local authorities can use to track how successful initiatives to support people with the condition have been.

The local reporting tool was devised by the council with the help of the Alzheimer’s Society, Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and NHS Surrey after a request from DH director general of social care David Behan.

Forming part of a national commissioning pack to improve dementia services, the local reporting tool is expected to be launched at the UK Dementia Congress in Liverpool in November.

The tool allows local authorities to accurately monitor whether they are meeting seven objectives identified by the charity umbrella group Dementia Action Alliance. It lets them collect social care and health data and takes account of the opinions of people with dementia, carers and professionals and presents it in a simple format.