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British Standards Institute (BSI)

BSI delivers best practice solutions through the publication of British Standards and related information products and services. As the UK national standards body, we have a globally recognized reputation for independence, integrity and innovation. We have a portfolio of over 35,000 British Standards, books and information products and services. BSI involves a wide stakeholder base and a consensus approach for developing standards in the form of guidelines, best practice, codes of practice, and specifications. In the healthcare sector our prime areas of work involve medical devices, healthcare services and standards relating to assisted living and living with long term conditions. In 2010, BSI developed a guide for the use of dementia care mapping for improved person-centred care in a care provider organization (PAS 800). We are keen to engage with stakeholders to consider the development of further standards - in the form of guidelines, best practice, codes of practice, and specification - to support consumers, carers, services and infrastructure related to dementia.

6 February 2017
Membership Organisations

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

BSI carries out engagement activities with other DAA members to determine whether a standards-based approach can be further applied in the field of dementia care. BSI would also consider developing an overall strategy for global dementia standards.  Our activities also involve the facilitation and publication of new standards content relating to dementia.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

To develop new standards content, BSI would need continued participation from a wide and diverse range of stakeholders in our standards development work. We need businesses and organisations to recognise the benefits of becoming dementia-friendly.

2. Actions

  • Developing a standard to support dementia friendly communities

    PAS 1365 will be a new standard to support the recognition process for communities that are working towards becoming dementia friendly.  It will focus on continual improvement across all aspects of a community, to ensure that the lives of those with dementia, and their carers, families and friend are improved. This is expected to publish in April 2015. 


    2015 - First Quarter Update

    The steering Group met in Sept. 2014 and the draft is expected to be circulated for a wider review in Q4 2014. Public consultation is closed and publication is scheduled for April 2015. 

  • Considering further standards to support dementia

    We are looking into a number of sector-specific standards solutions to support those with dementia.  These include building design and fire safety.

  • International standards creation to support dementia

    BSI is working with ISO to deliver an International Workshop Agreement for Health and Care Services for Aged Societies. This will lead to a development of a wider strategy for global (ISO) standardisaiton initiatives and will provide a platform for dementia to be discussed at an international level. We will be keen to use this as a route to take UK best practices to an international audience. The ISO IWA is expected to publish before the end of the year, 2015.