'Give me something to believe in’, the Dementia Strategy for Birmingham and Solihull 2014-17 was developed by the clinical commissioning groups that cover Birmingham and Solihull, Birmingham City Council and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council. It was based on a programme called ‘Connected Compassionate Communities’ that took place in the summer of 2012 in Birmingham and Solihull.
This asked people with dementia, their families and carers, to share their experiences of services and tell us what they felt would meet their needs. We wanted to ensure that the strategy set the standard for services for people with dementia their carers and families and indeed, the communities in which they live. A 90 day consultation on the draft strategy ended on 7 April 2014. The responses were analysed and the updated strategy was approved by the Integrated Commissioning Board and published in May 2014.