Nurses need to play a key role in commissioning services for dementia patients, according to CNO for England Dame Christine Beasley.
Writing in her latest bulletin, the CNO called on the profession to help implement the national dementia strategy, which was published last month.
‘Locally, nurses will play a key part in commissioning services,’ she said, citing the need to develop services that operated across traditional boundaries – linking acute, residential and more specialist care.
‘These may include, for example, improving systems of mental health consultation-liaison and “in-reach” mental health services, along with end of life care that supports people with dementia and their families throughout the final stages of the disease,’ said Dame Christine.
‘Regular forums for discussion between nursing staff, GPs, mental health teams and nurses skilled in end of life care is one way the evidence shows we can improve the quality of care,’ she added.
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