News from NHS Networks: 18 August

The Mental Health Foundation has launched a suite of films aimed at raising awareness about dementia and the use of self directed support in helping people with dementia, their families, carers and social care professionals.
Subject to the passage of the Health and Social Care Bill, the Department of Health will allocate funding for Local HealthWatch, NHS complaints advocacy and, potentially, PCT deprivation of liberty safeguards from October 2012.
Exercising for just 15 minutes a day could increase life expectancy by three years and cut the risk of death by 14%, latest research suggests.
A national challenge that will fund teams to develop new design-led ideas for products and services that make lives simpler, better and more enjoyable for those with dementia and their carers was launched by the Design Council and the Department of Health.
NHS Employers’ second monthly health, work and well-being (HWWB) update is now available.
Review published by NHS Choices covering Alzheimer’s disease.
The dementia engagement and empowerment project (DEEP) aims to identify and map out groups, projects and activities across the UK that are led by people diagnosed with dementia to influence the services and policies that affect them.
A new deal is needed for people at the end of their lives to ensure they are treated well and receive high quality care and support, according to a report published today by the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC).

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