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NHS Innovation Challenge Prize for Dementia: winners announced

The judges awarded a share of the £150,000 prize to 3 schemes from across the country.

The winners of the NHS Innovation Challenge Prize for Dementia have been announced. The £80,000 top prize was awarded to Memory First, a new integrated dementia service, run by a consortium of 162 GPs across 41 practices in Staffordshire. Its pioneering joined-up approach to care has cut diagnosis times from 2 1/2 years to 4 weeks and led to major improvements in patient experience.

Dr Ian Greaves who led the development of the Memory First service said:

With an ageing population the old models of dementia care are no longer sustainable.

Keeping the patient under the responsibility of the GP, supported by secondary care expertise when needed, is a paradigm shift. The engagement of all 162 GPs across the 41 practices in the area was key.

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