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MPs and peers back dementia care training

MPs and peers back dementia care training
17th June 2009

A high-profile group of peers and MPs are calling on all staff working in social care to receive training appropriate to their interaction with dementia.

As part of the Prepared to Care report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia, it was found there was a major difference in the quality of care being delivered to people with dementia.

Ineffective regulation, a lack of accreditation for trainers, low levels of training and a limited understanding of the condition by commissioners were all identified as barriers to the delivery of good care.

Chair of the group Jeremy Wright MP said of the findings: "Organisations who deliver good care show us that ongoing training, support and the opportunity to practise person-centred care transform people's lives.

"We must improve training and support across the UK and give staff recognition for the difficult and important role they undertake."

According to the Alzheimer's Society, family carers of people with dementia save the UK over £6 billion a year.

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