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No more age discrimination on the NHS

The NHS must never discriminate based on age – that was the message given by Care Services Minister Paul Burstow today as he announced that the Department of Health will not be seeking any exceptions to the planned implementation of the Equality Act 2010. Read more »


Improving the prescribing of antipsychotic drugs for people with dementia

Details of a letter from Sir Ian Carruthers, Chief Executive of NHS South West and Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive of the Alzheimer’s Society, to SHA Chief Executives to invite them to adapt four recommendations to drive down inappropriate prescribing antipsychotic medication and providing alternative ways of working and interventions that improve the safety, quality of life and outcomes for people with dementia. Read more »


Brain Waves, issue 35

The February 2011 edition of the Brain Waves newsletter, produced by Innovations in Dementia, includes features on: Dementia capable communities; Promoting a positive view of dementia; Assistive technology; Involving people with dementia in research about complex needs. Read more »


Sixth UK Dementia Congress call for papers

The Journal of Dementia Care has announced the sixth UK Dementia Congress, to be held in Liverpool, UK on 1-3 November 2011. This provides details of the invitation to submit abstracts of proposed papers and posters, on any aspect of support, care and treatment for people with dementia, their families and care staff, in any service setting. Read more »


Insufficient care for people with dementia in their own homes

The report ‘Support. Stay. Save. Care and support of people with dementia in their own homes‘, from the Alzheimer’s Society reveals that many people with dementia and carers receive insufficient support and care at home. Part of the Society’s ongoing putting care right campaign, Support. Stay. Save presents findings from over 2,400 people with dementia,… Read more »


Engaging the public in delivering health improvement

This research briefing considers what active citizens can do for services and how services can best engage, support and sustain a community or volunteer workforce in order to improve health outcomes. It provides practical guidance on the steps that need to be taken to redesign services and maximise the long term benefits. This research briefing… Read more »


Arts for Emotional Wellbeing Club – Bristol

The Art Club aims too engage with the community through creative arts activities and improve their social inclusion and wellbeing. Participants are given the opportunity to express their thoughts through creative arts activities which enhances communication and eliminates the impact of language barrier. This act as a channel to identify hidden health issues which participants… Read more »


Living well with dementia – good practice compendium

This good practice compendium has been brought together from across the regions to support local delivery of the national dementia strategy and improve outcomes for people with dementia and their carers. It is an enabler for local change, as described in the Department of Health’s revised outcomes focused implementation plan. Download Living well with dementia… Read more »