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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

College welcomes increased dementia investment

Embargoed until 26 March 2012

Commenting on the Prime Minister's announcement today of a new programme of work to deliver improvements in dementia care, Dr Peter Connelly, Chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry, said:

"We welcome the Prime Minister’s recognition of the importance of the care of people with dementia, and look forward to working alongside the government and other stakeholders to ensure care continues to improve.

"Across the UK we can be justifiably proud of the achievements of the NHS in increasing the length and quality of life of people with dementia, yet it must be recognised that this success has been accompanied by a dramatic increase in an aging population and the number of people with dementia.

 

"Dementia costs the UK more than cancer, heart disease and stroke combined, and whilst the management of these conditions is something that the UK can feel justifiably proud as a world leader, people with dementia are entitled to services which match these standards in both the NHS and Local Authorities, but also those provided by private and third sector organisations.

"Too often care and treatment can fall short of what is necessary for the early diagnosis, and care of people with dementia, their families and carers. Those involved in care need look at new ways to reduce the stigma, stress of carers and to improve the long term palliative and end of life care for people affected by dementia. 

 

"This change needs to involve clinicians across the NHS, providers of social services, managers, the third sector and politicians alike. It is vital that we all work together to raise awareness of dementia as well as the number of people trained to manage the condition. The Royal College of Psychiatrists is calling for new innovative models of care, and increased research not only into the prevention of dementia but also into how people are treated once dementia is diagnosed."

 

The Prime Minister’s ‘Challenge on Dementia’ also included an action to ensure memory services are established in all parts of the country, and to improve the quality of services by increasing the proportion of memory services that are accredited through the Memory Services National Accreditation Programme (MSNAP).

 

Prof Martin Orrell, Chair of the programme said ‘The Memory Services National Accreditation Programme has become successfully established over the last few years and now has a membership of 52 services. The endorsement from the Prime Minister is a great opportunity to improve the quality of memory services across the country to ensure that people with dementia and their families have rapid access to high quality care.’


For further information, please contact:
Kathy Oxtoby or Deborah Hart in the Communications Department.

Telephone: 0203 701 2544 or 0203 701 2538

 

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