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Call for dementia care training

14th July 2011

MPs have said that training in dementia care should be offered to all staff working with older people in the health, social care and voluntary sectors.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia says the training should be in line with recommendations from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

It comes as the group releases the report “the £20 billion question” which examines dementia care against the current backdrop of NHS and social care budget restraints and an ageing population.

The report is concerned that training in dementia amongst health and social care staff is inadequate and has called for the implementation of the recommendation within the NICE dementia guideline which says that all staff working with older people in the health, social care and voluntary sectors have access to training in dementia care that is consistent with their roles and responsibilities.

NICE says there are a number of factors to consider such as staff knowing the early signs and symptoms suggestive of dementia and its major subtypes; the impact of the condition on the person with dementia and carers, family and social network; and the roles of staff and agencies involved in care and basic advice on how they should work together.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists said it was concerned that basic dementia awareness training was mandatory for staff in less than 5pc of hospital sites.

Healthcare staff who were interviewed for the report made it clear they felt that improved training would improve the quality of care provided.

 

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