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MPs ask for national dementia strategy

MPs ask for national dementia strategy
19th June 2014

In a bid to tackle dementia more successfully, members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia (APPG) have collaborated with the Alzheimer's Society to call for a long-term plan to be established. 

A report published yesterday (June 18th) by the APPG analyses how much progress has been made in three areas of health and social care. It speaks of the need for effective local leadership to make sure plans are carried out successfully, services that are not only more joined up but also include the input of individuals with the degenerative condition when it comes to commissioning them. 

Regarding what should happen in the future, three clear aims have been put forward. The first is that every clinical commissioning group (CCG) and local authority should create a dementia lead, who will ensure the services are both integrated and of the highest standard.

In an attempt to foster cooperation between health and social care and others, local services should be based on evidence and include those with cognitive decline. 

Finally, a shift in attitude and culture is called upon in both the public and professionals' opinion of the dementia workforce. This is so it can be viewed as a career choice that is appealing and satisfying. 

Chief executive at the Alzheimer's Society Jeremy Hughes welcomed the fact that MPs from all political parties saw there was a need for a long-term strategy for dealing with the condition. 

"The spotlight on dementia has never been greater, but we can't afford to rest on our laurels. Everyday, more people are diagnosed with this condition and they need to feel confident that the current momentum behind dementia won't fade - and that they'll get access to vital support and help living with the condition," he said. 

Chair of the APPG on dementia Baroness Sally Greengross said she hoped the government would consider the proposals "carefully and take appropriate action", as the findings of this report clearly show that the previous success needs to be built upon and expanded. 

Find out about dementia care and support services at Barchester care homes.