[A version of this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 5, January 2013].
In parallel with the publication of the Dementia Challenge Progress Report, and the launch of the Dementia Friends programme, the Government has announced a number of components in the next phase of the Dementia Challenge. These measures include:
£9.6 Million Funding for Dementia Research
This funding will support the expansion of the UK Biobank, which holds biological data from 500,000 individuals aged 40-69 years so far. The expansion will include 8,000 brain scans to help scientists discover why some people develop dementia.
Further Support for GPs on Dementia
This is intended to help GPs to identify and diagnose dementia, and then to help people with dementia and their carers to manage the condition. There is to be a dementia toolkit for surgeries. There will be a requirement on health care professionals to ask patients aged between 65 and 74 about their memory as part of standard health checks.
Pilot Schools and Youth Projects
This pilot programme is intended to help young people become dementia aware and understand more about the condition. If successful, the pilot is expected to be expanded into a nationwide programme.
£1 Million Prize for Improved Ways to Increase Dementia Diagnosis
NHS organisations will be encouraged to discover groundbreaking ways to drastically reduce the number of people with dementia who remain undiagnosed by health care professionals currently.
A £50 Million Funding for Environments Designed for People with Dementia
Funding is be available to create care homes and hospitals more suited to reducing anxiety and distress in people with dementia, and helping them feel safe.
Commitment to Supply Information and Advice for People Diagnosed with Dementia
Every person diagnosed with dementia should be able to obtain detailed information on local services and support, as part of the Our Health online service directories,. These currently cover the South West of England, but will be rolled out across England by the end of March 2013.
42 Organisations Sign-Up to Dementia Care and Support Compact
The 42 signatories to the Dementia Care and Support Compact represent 1,800 care services with a commitment to standards of care and treatment for people with dementia.