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  • Broad welcome for NHS plan on taking action on 'major killer conditions'

    Broad welcome for NHS plan on taking action on 'major killer conditions'

    15.01.19 Reactions to the NHS long-term plan in the dementia field were generally positive with Alzheimer’s Society saying that the plan promised to save almost half a million more lives involving “practical action on major killer conditions and investment in cutting edge treatments.” Society chief executive Jeremy Hughes said: “Dementia is the biggest challenge facing our health and care system, and a number of proposals in the NHS Long Term Plan will help us meet this challenge.” Dementia UK said the plan would shift the focus away from hospitals and was a “welcome step in the right direction,” although it would also require a serious commitment to recruiting skilled professionals and publication of the long-promised social care Green Paper. “It is all well and good to focus on preventing conditions like dementia, but we need to give due regard to people who are facing health challenges in the here and now,” said Dementia UK director of clinical services Paul Edwards.

  • NHS long-term plan promises better care for people with dementia

    NHS long-term plan promises better care for people with dementia

    14.01.19 More integrated care and a focus on prevention measures are among the pillars of the NHS 10-year plan, launched last week, accompanied by a £20.5 billion cash boost and a “guarantee” that investment in primary, community and mental health care will outpace that in other areas. Digital technology such as location trackers for people with dementia is highlighted as a way to reduce hospital admissions. Rapid response teams, working across primary care and local hospitals, will reach vulnerable patients within 2 hours to prevent hospitalisation, while “expanded neighbourhood teams” including dementia workers will be on hand as part of “fully integrated community-based health care”. A pilot scheme in which teams of health professionals are assigned to care homes will be rolled out nationally – the plan says that the Enhanced Health in Care Homes scheme has reduced the number of residents needing to be rushed to hospital by meeting their needs within the care homes.

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