Dementia Clinical Reference Group



​The Alzheimer's Society produces a range of useful factsheets and handbooks, which can be found online here: or contact:

Alzheimer's Society's South West London office on 020 8877 0033

Alzheimer's Society's National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122

Watch interesting Social Care TV clips here:

Social Care TV: The dementia environment at home

Social Care TV: The dementia environment in a care home

Social Care TV: Getting to know the person with dementia - the impact of diagnosis

Social Care TV: The causes of dementia

Social Care TV: Rapidly declining early-onset dementia: living at home with nursing support

Social Care TV: Providing care at home for people with dementia

Social Care TV: Participation in dementia care planning

Social Care TV: Living with young onset dementia

If you are interested in reading about national policy on dementia then below are some of the documents that have influenced the changes to dementia services:

The National Dementia Strategy, Living Well with Dementia (DH, 2009):

This strategy outlined a five year plan to improve services for people with dementia throughout their lives from before diagnosis until end of life. The full set of objectives can be found online at:

Quality Outcomes for People with Dementia (DH, 2010):

Prime Minister's Dementia Challenge - Fighting back against Dementia:

NICE Guideline 42: Dementia - supporting people with dementia and their carers in health and social care and core standards that are assessed by the Care Quality Commission:

NICE Quality Standard 1: Dementia:

NICE Quality Standard 30: Supporting people to live well with dementia:

 Support groups

Dementia Cafés in Wandsworth:
  • Sunflower Café, Platt Christian Centre, Felsham Rd, Putney SW15 1DA on the 1st Saturday of the month, 12-3pm
  • Clover Café, Holy Trinity Church, 74 Trinity Road Upper, Tooting SW17 7RH on the 2nd Sunday of the month
  • Poppy Café, St Luke's Church, Ramsden Rd, Balham SW12 8RQ on the 3rd Saturday of the month, 1-4pm

Carer's Support Groups:

  • At Poppy Café, Sunflower Café and Clover Café
  • At Wandsworth Carer's Centre, 181 Wandsworth High Street, SW18 4JE on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, 11am to 1pm
  • Evening group at Alzheimer's Office, 241 Garratt Lane, SW18 4DU on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, 6–7.30pm

People with Dementia Support Groups:

  • Little Grey Cells for people in the earlier stages, every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at The Studio, St Paul's Community Centre, 23 Inner Park Road,  Southfields SW19 6ED, 10.30am-12pm
  • 'Moving on' support group in Roehampton once a month (Dates and times to be confirmed)
  • New Early Stages of Dementia Group in Tooting/Battersea (Dates and times to be confirmed)

For more information on any of these groups contact:

Nikki, Andrea, Jenny, Paul or Siriol on 020 8877 0033

Or email:  

Alzheimer's Society Talking Point

This is an online support and discussion forum, for anyone affected by dementia. It's a place to ask for advice, share information, join in discussions and feel supported:


Life After Diagnosis - Living well with Dementia

People with dementia, carers, family and friends and community and voluntary organisations are invited to an afternoon of presentations and workshops around how to live well with dementia. ...Read More


We are working with lots of different organisations to improve dementia services for people living in Wandsworth. This work is led by one of our local GPs and a wide range of people who are dedicated to making sure people who have been diagnosed with dementia and those that are having problems with their memory get the help and support they need.

We have made a lot of changes over the past year to improve dementia services.

If you are worried about potential symptoms of dementia including memory loss, mood changes, difficulty thinking things through, being confused or problems communicating, then the first place to go is your GP. All GPs in Wandsworth can now refer you to the same services that will help you find out what's going on.

A proper diagnosis of dementia is essential in order to:

  • Rule out other conditions that may have symptoms similar to dementia and that may be treatable
  • Rule out other possible causes of confusion
  • Get advice, information and support from health and social services, voluntary agencies and support groups
  • Allow the person to plan and make arrangements for the future

If you have been diagnosed with dementia we have put in place more support, advice and information to help you live well for longer. Families, friends and carers can also get support and advice from the new services we have commissioned. To find out more about these services look at the contact section of this page.

The Dementia Clinical Reference Group works on a wide range of projects and you can read more about our work by clicking on the tabs above.

You can find help here Dementia Services in Wandsworth


People leading on the Dementia Clinical Reference Group:

Clinical Lead: Dr Aryan Lawe

Patient/Carer Representation: Carers Centre / Alzheimer’s Society

Commissioning Redesign Lead: Alison Kirby 

Project Manager: Gill Thompson                    

Public Health Lead: Graeme Markwell

Support services for people already diagnosed with dementia:

​Alzheimer's Society South West London Office

A key member of the team is the Dementia Advisor who makes sure that every person with dementia and their carer has a named contact to provide information about local services and support.

241 Garratt Lane


SW18 4DU

Tel: 020 8877 0033


Age UK Wandsworth

Providing a variety of advice, information and an advocacy and practical support services, aimed at supporting and empowering older people by providing timely, accurate and independent advice, information and support.

549 Old York Road


SW18 1TQ

Tel: 020 8877 8940 


Wandsworth  Carers' Centre

181 Wandsworth High Street


SW18 4JE

Tel: 020 8877 1200


CRG minutes 14 Nov 2012 FINAL.docx
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CRG minutes 5 June 2013 FINAL.pdf
CRG minutes 7 May 2014 Final.pdf
CCG Board paper - Dementia Dec 2012.pdf
Dementia Services in Wandsworth.pdf
Older Adults Mental Health Outcomes Plan 2013-14.pdf
Public Health Dementia Report 30 May 2013.pdf

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