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May

Dementia Challenge marks progress


The Dementia Challenge champion groups have produced areport on their progress since the challenge was launched in March 2012, which describes achievements in the three core areas of the challenge: driving improvements in health and care, creating dementia friendly communities andbetter research.


The report also identifies shared themes across the work of the three champion groups, reflects on what they have learnt so far, and sets out how they will work together to sustain and accelerate progress.

Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt has also announced that NHS England has set the first-ever national ambition to improve dementia diagnosis rates. The plans aim to see two-thirds of people with dementia identified and given appropriate support by 2015, an increase from 39% in 2010 and the current average of about 45%.

Hunt said: “For too long diagnosis rates have been shockingly low, leaving too many people living in the dark trying to cope with this terrible condition undiagnosed, unable to get the help they need and deserve.

“Dementia is a serious and growing problem so this ambitious drive to see a clear majority of people identified and supported is a majorstep forward.

“I am pleased that NHS England has set a clear direction and sent a message to the NHS that we must do more. I fully support every GP, doctor and health worker who accepts this challenge.”

The drive to improve diagnosis will be led by local Clinical Commissioning Groups, working with local health and wellbeing boards. Supported by NHS England, they will get advice on improving diagnosis and setting up additional memory services where they are needed.

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