Portsmouth Dementia Action Alliance


Portsmouth is a port city which can be traced back to Roman Times. It is situated in the county of Hampshire on the south coast of England, 70 miles south-west of London.

Portsmouth is mainly located on Portsea Island, and it the UK's only island city. To the south of Portsmouth are the waters of the Solent, which connects Portsmouth Harbour and the Isle of Wight.


Portsmouth is the most densely populated city in the United Kingdom and is the only city whose population density exceeds that of London. The Office of National Statistics (ONS) estimates in 2016 the city had around 213,000 residents. Portsmouth is a vibrant city with a thriving university that enrols 23,000 students a year and is ranked among the world's top modern universities.

The population of Portsmouth is predominately white regarding ethnicity. The 2016 Joint Strategic Needs Analysis reports that 16.0% of the city's population are not of White British ethnicity.

Number of People with Dementia

December 2016 figures report Portsmouth City currently has 1485 residents diagnosed with dementia and has a diagnostic rate of 73.4%. This confirms that Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group has achieved the national target of two thirds of the predicted prevalence.

More detailed statistics and information are available at the bottom of this page.

Creation of the Portsmouth DAA

Dementia care is a key national priority, forming part of the Prime Minister’s call to action with associated national targets for diagnosis rates. Dementia is also cited as a local priority for Portsmouth City CCG 2020 vision and forms part of the Health and Wellbeing board.

Portsmouth City CCG has recently developed a revised dementia strategy, which states Portsmouth vision as 'Portsmouth aspires to be an accredited dementia friendly city, where people with dementia and their carers'' are treated with dignity and respect and have access to timely and responsive local services to enable an enhanced quality of life.'

Portsmouth aspires to be a dementia friendly city; where people with dementia will be treated with respect and feel included in our local communities. Portsmouth's vision is for everyone to be able to find information and advice regarding memory problems and dementia easily and quickly. We believe that becoming a dementia friendly city will support our vision and help facilitate the process.

An additional goal in Portsmouth is; dementia services offering people greater choice and control over their care, enabling individuals to remain independent in their own home for longer and minimising the crises that have previously resulted in lengthy acute hospital stays or admission to long term care.


The purpose of the Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) is to help improve the lives of people with dementia and their carers in the city of Portsmouth.

The aims of the Portsmouth DAA are to:

  • raise awareness of the dementia friendly city
  • help facilitate Portsmouth obtaining dementia friendly city status
  • share information and updates about the work organisations are progressing; bringing together a society-wide response to dementia
  • network with partner organisations
  • focus on specific areas to take action to make Portsmouth a dementia friendly city

Joining the Portsmouth DAA

Email: Remind@solentmind.org.uk

Tel: 03303 324030

 Quarterly meetings held on the 3rd Thursday of the month in March, June, September and December. Dates for 2017 were announced at December 2016 DAA Meeting:

  • Thursday 16th March 2017
  • Thursday 15th June 2017
  • Thursday 21st September 2017
  • Thursday 7th December 2017

To be held in the Hall, Cosham Baptist Church, 48 Havant Rd, Portsmouth, PO6 2QZ, from 1-3pm.


Interesting facts and detailed statistics

  • Portsmouth has the world's oldest dry dock. 
  • The world's first mass production line was set up in the city, making it the most industrialised site in the world.
  • During the Second World War, the city was a pivotal embarkation point for the D-Day landings and was bombed extensively in the Portsmouth Blitz. In 1982, the city housed the entirety of the attacking forces in the Falklands War.
  • Portsmouth Harbour is one of the largest fruit-handling ports in the country and processes: 100% of the UK’s Jersey potatoes; 70% of the UK’s bananas and 100% of the UK’s Moroccan citrus fruits.
  • Portsmouth is the birthplace of author Charles Dickens and engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
  • The waterfront and Portsmouth Harbour are dominated by the Spinnaker Tower, one of the United Kingdom's tallest structures at 560 feet (170 m).
  • Portsmouth F.C. is the city's professional association football club and play their home games at Fratton Park.
  • Portsmouth International Port is a commercial cruise ship and ferry port for international destinations. The port is the second busiest in the United Kingdom after Dover.

 Portsmouth Statistics on Ethnicity and Dementia Prevalence

Alliance Members