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New nursing strategy launched for dementia care

15th March 2013

A new nursing vision and strategy for dementia care has been unveiled by the Department of Health.


The initiative was launched at the Healthcare Innovation Expo in London and emphasises the point that every nurse can make a difference to the care of people with dementia.

The "Making a Difference to Dementia" vision will support Prime Minister David Cameron’s Dementia Challenge by raising the profile of the wider nursing contribution to dementia care and describing what is expected of all nurses to meet the level and quality of care expected in all care settings.

Pauline Watts, Nursing Professional Officer, Clinical Advisor Public Health Nursing and DH Nurse Lead for Dementia Care, said: “Dementia is every nurse’s business – with a change in mindset, practice, commissioning and education, nurses can make a real difference to people living with dementia and their carers and families.”

The vision demonstrates the 6 Cs for dementia care by including nursing values and behaviours and builds on ‘Compassion in Practice’, the national vision for nurses, midwives and care staff.

The Department says that the "Making a Difference to Dementia" vision recognises the unique and specialist contribution of all nurses and their teams who are involved in the care of someone with dementia at different stages along their care pathway.

It has been developed by stakeholders from a wide range of NHS and other organisations.


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