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Mental health nurse teams receive cash boost to treat dementia

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Nurse-led teams in 10 NHS trusts in England providing mental health and learning disabilities services are to receive £30,000 in government funding to improve living conditions for people with dementia.

The King’s Fund’s Enhancing the Healing Environment programme, funded by the Department of Health, aims to improve areas in hospitals used regularly by people with dementia.

Trusts participating will be asked to provide a further £10,000 towards each project.

Projects include an indoor garden at Macclesfield District General Hospital, run by Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and a new social area at Aintree Hospital, run by Mersey Care NHS Trust.

NewholmeHospital, part of Derbyshire County PCT, will create a memory wall so that families and carers of people with dementia can display personal memorabilia to trigger memories.

Niall Dickson, chief executive of the King’s Fund, said: ‘Dementia is one of the most distressing diseases facing our society – it carries a terrible burden for sufferers and their families.

‘We know that the physical environment in which we care for people affects the way they feel, and this is especially true for people with dementia and those caring for them.’

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