Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry

Chair: Dr Chineze Ivenso

Vice Chair: Dr Graeme O'Connor

Our faculties aim is to promote and protect the rights and wellbeing of older people and their families by supporting and educating old age psychiatrists and trainees and sharing best practice.


The Welsh Government’s Dementia Action Plan pledges to take action on improving hospital care for people living with dementia. The Cross Party Group on dementia has recently launched an inquiry and are keen to hear views.

How to submit evidence

You can share your experiences with the CPG by completing the online survey.

Alternatively, you can submit written evidence by emailing or post. 

When you make a submission of written evidence to the CPG, please ensure that:

  • Your submission is no more than 1,000 words
  • You state clearly who the submission is from, i.e. whether from yourself in a personal capacity or sent on behalf of an organisation
  • You include a brief description of yourself/your organisation

Please submit your evidence by email or by post to Alzheimer’s Society Cymru, 16 Columbus Walk, Atlantic Wharf, Cardiff, CF10 4BY.

Published Action Plan (Feb 2018) 

Welsh Government has set a vision for Wales to be a dementia-friendly nation that recognises the rights of people with dementia to feel valued and to live as independently as possible in their communities.

The action plan aims to progress commitments relating to dementia in Taking Wales Forward and Prosperity for All setting out the range of stakeholders who can support this agenda and the actions required for change.

Dementia oversight, implementation and impact group

Meeting Notes June 2018

Meeting Notes Oct 2018

Published Report (Nov 2018)

Alzheimers Society Cymru and the Welsh Language Commissioner have produced a report on Dementia care for Welsh language speakers in Wales.

We have committed to form an implementation group with key stakeholders. 

Responses and publications

Published Report (May 2018)

The Health, Social Care & Committee looked at the use of antipsychotic medication in care home settings, and the ways in which its inappropriate use could be reduced, including the consideration of:

  • the availability of data on the prescribing of antipsychotics in care homes, to understand and patterns of use;
  • prescribing practices, including implementation of clinical guidance and medication reviews;  
  • provision of alternative (non-pharmacological) treatment options;
  • training for health and care staff to support the provision of person-centred care for care home residents living with dementia;
  • identifying best practice, and the effectiveness of initiatives introduced so far to reduce inappropriate prescribing of antipsychotics;
  • use of antipsychotic medication for people with dementia in other types of care settings.

Consultation Response (pdf)

Additional Information submitted to the Committee (pdf)

Welsh Government Response (pdf)

Published Report (Dec 2017) (PDF)

The Health, Sport & Social Care Committee looked to assess the extent and impact of loneliness and isolation experienced by people in Wales, particularly older people, and how it can be addressed, by considering:

  • the evidence for the scale and causes of the problems of isolation and loneliness, including factors such as housing, transport, community facilities, health and wellbeing services;
  • the impact of loneliness and isolation on older people in terms of physical and mental health and wellbeing, including whether they disproportionately affect certain groups such as those with dementia;
  • the impact of loneliness and isolation on the use of public services, particularly health and social care;
  • ways of addressing problems of loneliness and isolation in older people, including interventions to specifically address the problems and other projects with wider aims. Evidence for what works and the outcomes for older people in terms of health and wellbeing;
  • the extent to which initiatives to combat loneliness and isolation experienced by other groups may also help to address these issues for older people;
  • current policy solutions in Wales and their cost-effectiveness, including the Ageing Well in Wales programme. The approach by the Welsh Government in terms of maintaining community infrastructure and support, and using the legislative framework created in the Fourth Assembly, e.g. the Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014 and the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.

Consultation Response (PDF)

Welsh Government Response (PDF)

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