NHS Confederation comments on the APPGD report

Published on Tuesday, 03 July 2012 13:43
Written by Scott Buckler

Jo Webber, NHS Confederation deputy director of policy, says it is quite clear every part of the health service is going to have to adapt to the needs of the growing group of dementia patients

 Jo Webber, NHS Confederation deputy director of policy, said:

"Dementia is one of the biggest challenges facing the NHS.  It is quite clear that every part of the health service is going to have to adapt to the needs of this growing group of patients – from the GP surgery to the hospital ward. We have to be honest and say we are not there yet.

"Raising the standards of dementia care will require moving services out of traditional hospital settings and in to residential care and people's  homes where they can receive the most responsive care. It will mean providing more support and training for GPs so they are better able to meet the needs of their patients.

"Some of this will require politicians to back the NHS and help it make radical changes to services, instead of defending the status quo.

"The APPG rightly highlights the crucial role GPs play in raising awareness of dementia, and identifying symptoms early to guarantee people get access to the right services at the right time.

"But this needs to seen as part of a wider examination of how NHS leaders encourage all parts of the service - GPs, local hospitals, mental health, residential care and community services - to work in partnership, co-ordinate services and diagnose problems earlier.

"If we get this right, we can make a real difference to dementia patients, their carers and the quality of care they receive."

Source: © NHS Confederations

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