There are an estimated 850,000 people with dementia, and 670,000 unpaid carers, in the UK; involving more than half a million people with dementia living at home and being supported by unpaid carers, according to the Carers Trust.
The NIHR has awarded £2.7 million funding for research, organised by the University of Plymouth, concerning the introduction of dementia support workers into GP surgeries. The aim is to reduce inconsistencies in service provision, improve the health and wellbeing in people with dementia and their carers, prevent avoidable hospital admissions and yield overall cost-savings for the NHS.
“Dementia support workers offer one-to-one support for people affected by dementia and their carers, such as information on the condition and support to cope with day-to-day challenges”.
NIHR awards £2.7 million to research on dementia support workers. Online: National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), October 26th 2018.