Work begins on improving dementia care

1 May 2012

Plans are being put in action to improve healthcare around the UK when it comes to treating patients who suffer from dementia.

The Champion Group has been formed to help enhance services relating to the condition, as well as fulfil ambitions set out by the prime minister's dementia challenge.

Representatives from the British health sector will team up with specialists in social care, those from local government and charity workers to undertake the tasks.

As well as increasing the likelihood of dementia being successfully diagnosed, the Champion Group will also reward best practice and set up memory services across the UK to assist those with the condition.

Care services minister Paul Burstow commented: "We are determined to go further and faster in bringing real improvements to the care and support people with dementia and their carers receive in all settings."

According to statistics from the Alzheimer's Society, 800,000 people in the UK are living with dementia.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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