Dementia Strategy moves a step closer with launch of consultation

Posted on March 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Launched by care minister Ivan Lewis in June, the consultation on the National Dementia Strategy has been welcomed by probably every organisation with any connection to social care.

The reaction submitted by the National Care Forum (NCF) which represents not-for-profit providers, is fairly representative of the dozens of responses received by Caring Times. While welcoming the consultation, NCF chief executive Des Kelly is both realistic and cautious.

“Providing the best means of care and support for people with dementia is one of the most pressing social issues we face and the consultation on the first National Dementia Strategy is to be welcomed,” said Mr Kelly.

“The proposal for an immediate review of the prescribing and use of anti-psychotic drugs is overdue and we are encouraged by the announcement of a planned programme of research into dementia.”

Mr Kelly said NCF members offered a significant proportion of services and support to people with dementia and

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