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Feb

Update on Cameron’s Dementia Challenge published


The Government has published a new report on dementia, highlighting progress that has been made on improving dementia care, support and research since the launch of the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia in 2012 and detailing the Government’s further aspirations and targets to be achieved by 2020.

Dementia is a growing, global challenge, particularly in countries with an ageing population. It is becoming one of the most important health and care issues facing the world – as great as the challenge posed by cancer, heart disease and HIV. The number of people living with dementia worldwide today is estimated at 44 million, a figure that is set to almost double by 2030 according to the World Alzheimer’s Report 2014.

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, says he has made fighting dementia a personal priority. Commenting on progress made since he issued his Challenge in 2012, Cameron says: “Three years on and there has been significant progress – with more people now receiving a diagnosis of dementia than ever before, over one million people trained to be dementia friends to raise awareness in local communities, and over 400,000 of our NHS staff and over 100,000 social care staff trained in better supporting people with dementia. Our efforts on research have been world leading, with major research and infrastructure programmes in place, supported by a doubling of research spending on dementia.”

Cameron goes on to state that by 2020 he wants England to be “the best country in the world for dementia care and support and for people with dementia, their carers and families to live; and the best place in the world to undertake research into dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases.”

Progress already made includes improved diagnosis, a better aware and trained NHS and social care workforce, better provision of post diagnosis support and ongoing support for integrated care as well as for carers, more research and investment in dementia-friendly hospitals and care homes. It is reported that £50m has been invested in the creation of dementia-friendly environments in hospitals and care homes. These projects have now been completed and evaluated and the key findings will be issued in guidance to the service in spring.

The Government’s key aspirations for dementia care by 2020 are detailed at length in the report and include all hospitals and care homes meeting agreed criteria to becoming a dementia-friendly health and care setting.

The Government has published a new report on dementia, highlighting progress that has been made on improving dementia care, support and research since the launch of the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia in 2012 and detailing the Government’s further aspirations and targets to be achieved by 2020.

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