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Named nurse needed for dementia sufferers

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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.

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.

In its report, Improving services and support for people with dementia, published today, the Public Accounts Committee found that care for people with 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 co-ordination of care between the various services and professionals,’ it recommended. ‘This contact point could be a social worker or a community psychiatric nurse, for example.’

The report also found that although 62% of care home residents are currently estimated to have dementia, less than 28% of places are registered to provide specialist nursing dementia care.

PAC chairperson Edward Leigh said: ‘Many suffers are not being diagnosed early enough and, when diagnosed, end up in hospital beds or care homes, deprived of the specialist care they need.’

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