One million ‘dementia friends’ scheme launched

An ambitious project to register one million people by 2015 who can increase understanding of dementia, is one of the next steps in the Prime Minister’s Dementia Challenge. Under the scheme led by the Alzheimer’s Society, people who become dementia friends will be given free information sessions, to help them raise awareness of dementia in their communities.

Other measures include providing £9.6m for dementia research, extra support for GPs to spot and diagnose dementia, and a pilot programme in schools and youth projects to help young people become dementia aware.

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Helping GPs to support people to live and die well

National End of Life Care Programme (NEoLCP)

Find your 1%: helping GPs to support people to live and die well
This resource pack has been developed to be a practical tool to help GPs identify those patients who may be in their last year of life and talk to them about their preferences. It contains information on: identifying people at the end of life; having end of life care conversations; putting plans in place; managing and co-ordinating care; and space for GPs to include local information such as the telephone numbers of hospices, palliative care teams and pharmacies which stock palliative care drugs.

Visit our stand at the PEF event today

The annual (Practice Education Facilitators) PEF event is taking place today in Education and Training.  Please come along to view the stands, talk to staff and find out what’s happening in the staff library.

Angela Donnelly the library manager, will be giving a presentation at 15.50 and would be pleased to see you and discuss how the library can assist you in your studies or your professional practice.

Guides for Health and Wellbeing Boards

Practical guides for health and wellbeing boards
These publications aim to help support the establishment of well-functioning health and wellbeing boards. They cover a range of themes including integration, criminal justice, improving population health and patient and public engagement.

The King’s Fund: Frontline first

Royal College of Nursing (RCN)

Frontline first: protecting services, improving care
This report reviews the state of the NHS workforce as the coalition government’s term reaches its halfway point. It finds that nursing is suffering from cuts while other professions are increasing in numbers. It argues that these figures reveal a looming crisis in nursing, as the demand for nursing care increases. It cites the formation of Health Education England as an opportunity to take a long-term approach to workforce planning and secure the future supply of nursing staff.

NHS Network News – Cancer

This report highlights the need for improvements in integrated care for cancer patients. Five key areas where patients thought improvements could be made to deliver integrated care were: securing quicker referral from GPs to hospitals for testing and diagnosis; ensuring patients find out the results of their tests as quickly as possible; providing patients with access to a named clinical nurse specialist or other ‘key worker’ throughout the care pathway; supporting patients to feel involved in key decisions about their treatment and care; and putting systems in place to make sure records and test results are available to all clinicians and staff involved in patients’ care.
Emergency admissions for patients with cancer remain problematic despite the development of acute oncology.