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Over 850,000 people in the UK are living with dementia, and this number is set to increase to one million by 2025, and two million by 2050 (Public Health England 2018). Dementia costs society £26 billion per year in the UK, including £11.6 billion in unpaid care. In England, approximately 540,000 people act as primary carers for people with dementia. Of those carers, 116,000 have had to cut their working hours or leave employment to meet their caring roles (PHE 2018). While these issues will all be exacerbated with an ageing population, dementia does not just impact the elderly. Over 40,000 people in the UK under the age of 65 suffer with dementia.In response, the Government set out the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia. The Challenge is currently in its second phase, from 2015 to 2020. It promised to deliver major improvements in dementia care and research, and made a commitment to make England “the best country in the world for dementia care and support and for people with dementia, their carers and families to live, and the best place in the world to undertake research into dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases” (Department of Health 2015). The implantation plan that followed aimed to improve quality of life through four main areas: risk reduction, health and care, dementia awareness and social action and research.Despite these measures, issues still remain. People with dementia have difficulties accessing health and care, and are thus forced to face the impact of the condition alone. Costs are set to rise with the ageing population, and approximately two thirds of the £26 billion costs of dementia to the UK are taken on by those affected by dementia. Alzheimer’s Society UK reports that 1/3 of homecare workers have had no dementia training (2018).With the Challenge on Dementia 2020 close to completion, this timely symposium offers an invaluable opportunity to assess the progress made in implementation, consider the priorities for the second phase, and examine the how to strengthen local partnership working to improve support and services for people with dementia and their carers.Delegates Will:Analyse the next steps involved with the Prime Minister’s Challenge on DementiaDiscuss the importance of funding research to best understand the causes and solutions for dementiaConsider how to best attain personalised patient and family centred careDiscuss how to ensure high quality care from the period immediate post-diagnosis to the end of lifeInvestigate current training practices and discuss what is needed to ensure all relevant NHS staff receive full dementia trainingExamine the differences in care that are needed to best support under 65s with dementiaDevelop innovative solutions to provide excellent home careExplore solutions to ensure everyone has fair and equal access to dementia diagnoses