The Department of Health are looking for people affected by dementia to be involved in shaping government policy and practice – here’s how you can get involved

Are you or your family affected by dementia? Would you like to be actively involved in creating a more dementia-friendly society at government level?

The Department of Health are recruiting people living with dementia and carers for the Dementia 2020 Citizens’ Engagement Panel for England. In fact, the 2020 Dementia Challenge stated its aim to make England the best place in the world to live with dementia. We think this is something really worthwhile; dementia policy should be shaped by those affected by it, ensuring decisions are made by those they’ll most effect.

Research will be done by Opinion Research Services, employed by the Department of Health, and will take the form of optional quarterly surveys between 2017 and 2019. You may also be invited to participate in small group discussions or interviews in your local area or home. You’d be invited to stay on the Panel for up to two years – but would be able to withdraw at any point without giving a reason.

If you’re interested, and you either have a diagnosis of dementia or are a family carer of someone with a diagnosis of dementia, you can apply online here.

If you’d like to read more about the Dementia 2020 Citizens’ Engagement Panel, please click here.