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  • E-Newsletter 5 April 2019

    E-Newsletter 5 April 2019

    Here is this week’s round-up of dementia care news, stories and comment. This week's topics include a new research unit to examine sleep and dementia, EU care workers' qualifications post-Brexit and dementia emergency admissions to A&E. It is an editor's selection which I hope you will enjoy.

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  • Special facility opened to examine links between sleep and dementia

    Special facility opened to examine links between sleep and dementia

    13.04.19 A sleep and brain research unit has been unveiled by the University of East Anglia with a view to casting light on the correlation between sleep disturbance and dementia. It is unknown whether sleep problems are a predictor of dementia or whether dementia causes sleep problems. “Recent evidence suggests that sleep could be actively involved in the disease process,” said lead researcher Dr Alpar Lazar. “Trying to identify the cause of early sleep problems in people who have recently been diagnosed - or who have genetic predispositions towards Alzheimer’s - and the impact of these sleep problems on the brain will help us determine whether improving sleep could potentially slow down the disease process.”

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  • Nearly half of CCGs judged unsatisfactory on dementia care

    Nearly half of CCGs judged unsatisfactory on dementia care

    12.04.19 Nearly half of NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are providing unsatisfactory standards of dementia care, a new analysis suggests. Figures on the My NHS website, analysed by the Daily Mail, indicate that 47% of CCGs were rated inadequate or requires improvement for dementia care last year and diagnosis rates varied sharply between areas, ranging from 91% in the London borough of Camden to 52% in Kernow in Cornwall. While NHS guidelines say that everyone with a diagnosis should have a face-to-face care review at least once a year, the reality is that 22% were seen less often.

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  • Music and dance therapy can help stop 'dishing out pills'

    Music and dance therapy can help stop 'dishing out pills'

    11.04.19 Music and dance for people with dementia should be offered more often as therapeutic alternatives by the NHS, health secretary Matt Hancock has said. As part of his focus on “social prescribing” under the new NHS long-term plan, Hancock said that prescribing music or dance could reduce the need for medication where people became agitated. “In particular, I want to combat over-medicalisation and dishing out pills when it’s not in the best interests of the patient,” Hancock told a reception in support of social prescription hosted by Prince Charles.

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  • Dementia emergency admissions reach record levels, new figures show

    Dementia emergency admissions reach record levels, new figures show

    10.04.19 Record numbers of people with dementia are being “blue-lighted” to A&E and are then spending a short period in hospital, official figures show. According to the Dementia Intelligence Network, emergency admissions rose by 3.6% from 2016/17 to 2017/18, equating to an increase from 3,482 to 3,609. The figures also revealed a drop in the proportion of people with dementia getting a care plan review over the period. “It is unacceptable that more and more people with dementia are being rushed to A&E because they have nowhere else to turn,” said Alzheimer’s Society policy director Sally Copley.

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  • EU care workers' qualifications will be recognised post-Brexit

    EU care workers' qualifications will be recognised post-Brexit

    09.04.19 Up to 63,000 NHS staff and 104,000 social care workers who qualified elsewhere in the EU will have their qualifications recognised in this country after Brexit. Health secretary Matt Hancock announced yesterday that the new arrangements would apply whether the UK leaves the EU with or without a deal. The Department of Health and Social Care said that all professional regulatory bodies would now accept EU qualifications after Brexit and that the people concerned could continue to practise in the UK as they do now. The move was welcomed by NHS Employers.

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  • Free personal care for younger people with dementia in Scotland

    Free personal care for younger people with dementia in Scotland

    08.04.19 “Frank’s Law” has been implemented in Scotland following a successful campaign to extend free personal care to people aged under 65 with degenerative conditions. It took effect on 1 April and was welcomed by Alzheimer Scotland, which said it was a strong supporter of Amanda Kopel’s campaign to raise awareness of the issues faced by young people with dementia and their families and to extend entitlement to free personal care. The legislation was dubbed “Frank’s Law” after Amanda’s husband Frank Kopel, the former Dundee United footballer who was diagnosed with dementia at the age of 59 and died six years later in 2014.

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  • Entries now open for the 10th National Dementia Care Awards

    Entries now open for the 10th National Dementia Care Awards

    06.04.19 Entries are now open for the National Dementia Care Awards, organised by JDC and taking place at the iconic Doncaster Racecourse on 7 November. This year’s awards, which celebrate the very best in dementia care, include several new categories: Best Dementia Carer, Outstanding Dementia Care Resource and Outstanding Dementia Care Innovation, among many other categories. It is the 10th year of the Dementia Care Awards, which culminate in a glittering ceremony for our highly deserving winners. Entry is free and the closing date is 26 July. More info HERE

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  • Row over football links with dementia resurfaces

    Row over football links with dementia resurfaces

    05.04.19 Speculation about links between football and dementia erupted again this week as Gordon Taylor announced he would step down from his role as chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) after 38 years. Taylor has been heavily criticised for allocating just £125,000 a year out of the PFA’s sizeable budget to dementia research when the association receives £25 million annually from the Premier League. Dementia campaigner Dawn Astle, whose father Jeff Astle was a top footballer and died from dementia, had led calls for Taylor’s resignation from the PFA. “You’re talking about a worldwide problem that government can’t deal with, health services can’t deal with and Fifa hasn’t dealt with,” Taylor told the BBC. “But we’ve led the way on that. I’m lobbying for that."

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  • Charity calls for free personal care

    Charity calls for free personal care

    04.04.19 Older people’s charity Independent Age has called for free personal care to be extended to England, following in the footsteps of Scotland. Independent Age claims that free personal care is the answer to a “broken” social care system which it said was failing to meet the needs of more than 1.4 million older people. George McNamara, director of policy and influencing, claimed that it would cost the same as placing a cap on social care costs; a cap may be in the long-awaited social care Green Paper but McNamara said it would not help 90% of older people. “The introduction of free personal care is affordable and would lead to a fairer system for older people and address many of the social care challenges with which local government is struggling,” McNamara said.

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