Dementia 2020 Challenge - 2018 Review

Closed 2 May 2018

Opened 20 Mar 2018


In 2015, we launched the Dementia 2020 Challenge. The Challenge aimed to make England, by 2020, the best country in the world for dementia care, support, research and awareness. The subsequent 2016 Implementation Plan set out a series of commitments and objectives for a range of organisations.  Read more about the Challenge.

Since then, significant progress has been made. The Dementia Diagnosis Rate is above the Challenge’s target of 66.7%. There are more than 2.2 million Dementia Friends and 234 Dementia Friendly Communities in England and Wales, and over 875,000 NHS staff have attended dementia awareness raising sessions.

What Happens Next

We collated the responses from stakeholders, and in consultation with delivery partners, identified 10 revised actions up until 2020. These actions are not new commitments, but instead build upon the work already completed between 2015 and 2018, with an aim to fulfil the Commitments already established in the Challenge. The actions were approved by the Dementia Programme Board, and added to the Board’s tracker to maintain oversight of progress. The revised actions can be found in the progress report


  • Voluntary groups
  • Community groups
  • Charities
  • Civil society
  • Advocacy or support organisations
  • GPs
  • Nurses
  • Health visitors
  • Clinicians
  • Managers
  • Commissioners
  • Directors of Public Health
  • Doctors
  • Allied Health Professionals
  • Medical practitioners
  • NHS staff
  • Providers of NHS clinical services
  • Foundation Trusts
  • NHS Commissioning Board
  • Clinical Commissioning Groups
  • NHS quality improvement leads
  • NHS patient experience leads
  • NHS patient safety leads
  • patient groups and patient advocates
  • Local authority
  • Social care provider
  • Directors of Adult Social Care Services
  • Members of the public
  • Patients
  • Patients
  • Carers
  • Service users


  • Dementia