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An ‘illness’ that impacts on the whole family

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has published the dementia implementation plan which will empower people with dementia and their family through improved care & transparency.  As part of the government’s aim of building a higher-quality NHS for patients, with safer care throughout the week, the dementia implementation plan will make sure:

  • for the first time, people with dementia and their families will benefit from greater transparency and will be able to compare the quality of dementia care in their local area
  • the Care Quality Commission will include standards of dementia care in their inspections to make sure services are safer for people with dementia 7 days a week
  • every person with dementia will receive a personalised care plan

As part of plans to raise awareness of health concerns, a new pilot scheme will extend NHS Health Checks. For the first time, NHS Health Checks will include awareness raising, education & discussion of risk reduction for dementia for people aged 40 or older.  This is currently only available for over 65s.

Researched Links:

DH:  Health Secretary unveils plans for safer 7-day dementia service

NHS England:  Dementia Declaration has potential for step change in care

LGA responds to Prime Minister's 2020 Dementia Challenge

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