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  • Best practice guidance for end of life care for people with dementia

    Best practice guidance for end of life care for people with dementia

    22.11.18 Guidance on end of life care decision-making for people with dementia, described as a “synthesis of best practice”, has been produced by a London research team. The team from University College London and King’s College London has come up with four rules of thumb (“heuristics”), which can be used in care settings ranging from hospital to the community, to give guidance on routine care, agitation and restlessness, reviewing treatment and interventions, and eating/swallowing difficulties. According to the research team, the heuristics are easy to follow and act as a training aid for staff in care homes and other settings where they face challenges in caring for people with dementia at the end of life. “The rise of the condition is seeing an increased reliance on care homes and also acute care settings where clinical staff have less experience of palliation and end of life care,” said Dr Nathan Davies, who helped design the heuristics.

  • Matt Hancock says 'social prescribing' can save money for the NHS

    Matt Hancock says 'social prescribing' can save money for the NHS

    21.11.18 Arts and social activities can help to move towards more person-centred care and focus on prevention as much as cure, health and social care secretary Matt Hancock told an audience in London last week. Calling for more “social prescribing” – in which medical professionals like GPs issue prescriptions for social activities rather than medicines – Hancock said it was scientifically proven that access to the arts and social activities improved mental and physical health. “The arts and social activities can help meet major challenges facing health and social care – ageing, loneliness, mental health and other long-term conditions," he said. "And [they] can help save money for the NHS and social care system.” Hancock referred to several arts initiatives around the country, including the Southbank Centre in London which is running a poetry course for people with dementia and their families overseen by practising poets.

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