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People’s views sought on new dementia strategy

26th April 2018 | By Liz Mattock | Posted in

People are being asked to share their views on a new dementia strategy for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

The strategy, which has been developed by NHS organisations and councils, sets out the support available for people who are affected by dementia.

It also outlines a number of aims to help minimise the impact of dementia for people who have it, their families and their carers.

These include helping GPs to support people with dementia by using a standard guide, speeding up the diagnosis process and ensuring that services are high-quality, good value and providing equal access to all.

Other aims include helping create more dementia-friendly communities, developing training for care homes and strengthening links with other working groups, particularly around care for people who are approaching the end of their lives.

There are 13,000 people living with dementia in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, which is expected to rise in the coming years.

The new strategy will come into effect in 2019 and will run until 2022. Before it is adopted, however, a consultation has been launched and people are being asked to comment on the strategy’s content.

The consultation is open to everyone, although views are particularly sought from people living with dementia, their families and their carers.

Dr Girish Purohit, GP and Dementia Lead across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland said: “We’re determined to improve the support we offer to people with dementia, and now have a strategy in place across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to help us do that.

“We’d really encourage as many people as possible – especially those affected by dementia – to share their views on the new strategy so we can do all we can to get the right services and support in place in the future.”

The consultation runs until Friday 22 June. To take part, click here.

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