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CPN dementia contacts needed

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All people with dementia should be given a named community psychiatric nurse or social worker to help improve the quality of their care, a group of MPs has said.

A Commons public accounts committee report, published last week, found that care for people with dementia was often difficult to manage because it fell between health and social care.

‘On diagnosis, people with dementia and their carers should be given a single health or social care professional contact point to improve the coordination of care between the various services and professionals,’ it recommends. ‘This contact point could be a social worker or a community psychiatric nurse, for example.’

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