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Let’s get talking about Race and Dementia and other marginalised communities… Some thoughts about my latest publication

Posted in LGBT, Public Policy, Publications, Social Care Reform, and Support and Advocacy

I have been researching dementia care in South Asian communities in the UK since 2006. Now a Senior Lecturer in Dementia Studies I have spent the last few years developing teaching, research and networks concerning cultural competency in dementia care. Evident from my discussions with healthcare professionals, care workers, academics…

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Responding to the House of Lords review of the Mental Capacity Act 2005

Posted in Care Regulation, Court of Protection, Public Policy, and Social Care Reform

The House of Lords has established a Select Committee on the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA). The terms of reference for the committee are to “consider and report on the Mental Capacity Act 2005”.The Committee has been taking oral evidence,  and has also published a call for written evidence submissions.…

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‘Dementia Friends’ to be trained to help support people with dementia in the community

Posted in Public Policy, and Social Care Reform

As part of the Prime Minister’s challenge on Dementia, David Cameron this week announced that a million people would be trained to be ‘Dementia Friends’, under a scheme led by the Alzheimer’s Society. Dementia friends will be trained to spot the signs and symptoms of dementia, to help improve early…

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Audit shows reduction in antipsychotic medication prescribed to people with dementia

Posted in Public Policy

This week saw the publication of results from the National Dementia & Antipsychotic Prescribing Audit 2012. The report, available in pdf format covers the period from 2006 to 2011. The report notes a decrease in the numbers and percentage of people with dementia in England receiving a prescription of antipsychotic…

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Government Publishes Plans for Reforming Social Care

Posted in Care Regulation, Public Policy, and Social Care Reform

The Secretary of State for Health, Andrew Lansley has today announced the publication of the Government’s plans for comprehensive reform of the social care system. The Department of Health have launched a website about the proposals, where you can find out more detailed information about these reforms, which are hailed…

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All Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia Report on Early Diagnosis

Posted in Care Regulation, and Public Policy

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia today published their report ‘Unlocking Diagnosis: The key to improving the lives of people with dementia’. The APPG is a cross party group made up of MPs and Peers with an interest in dementia, and chaired by Baroness Sally Greengross. The APPG aims…

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