Breaking the mould of loneliness – Paula Bee

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As one of the New Models of Care Vanguards – Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group – is tackling social isolation.  In the latest of a series of blogs on the vanguards, the Chief Executive of Age UK Wakefield District, explains their role and their commitment to making a difference for older people through their ‘Pull up a Chair’ campaign.

NICE recommends use of ‘MUST’ tool for screening for malnutrition

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On 21 January, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommended the use of BAPEN’s interactive e-learning resource on nutritional screening using the ‘Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool’ (‘MUST’) for staff working in hospitals, primary care and care homes to aid implementation on the new opens link in new window NICE Quality Standards for Nutritional Support of Adults.

The three ‘MUST’ modules explain the causes and consequences of malnutrition, the importance of nutritional screening and how to screen using ‘MUST’. Customised versions are available to purchase via opens link in new window the BAPEN website.

Dramatic variation in dementia diagnosis across UK

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Figures released on 15 January by the Alzheimer’s Society reveal wide variations in how many people are receiving a diagnosis of dementia in the UK, with rates ranging from 31.6 per cent in East Riding of Yorkshire to 75.5 per cent in Belfast.

There has been a 3 per cent increase in the number of people in the UK that have been diagnosed with dementia raising the number of people who now have a formal diagnosis to 46 per cent. However, there are thought to be another 428,000 in the UK (54 per cent people) who are living with the condition but who are not diagnosed.

Results can be accessed via an opens link in new window interactive map which allows you to see the results for your area.