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How a link nurse ensured equal treatment for people of Asian origin with dementia


It never ceases to amaze me how slow the wheels turn in the NHS, especially in the field of Mental Health. This article only confirms what the management team at Highcroft Hospital, North Birmingham discovered and addressed back in the 1980's when they appointed a specialist community nurse for the Asian community. It begs the he following questions: 1. Why was the idea never expanded across the profession as l am sure other areas across the UK would have been experiencing the same phenomena? 2. Why do we fail to pick up and run with good ideas in Mental health care? 3. Is it because it still remains, a Cinderella service along with those providing care for those with Learning Disabilities? 4. Is it simply that within the NHS, we have become so consumed with change that "throwing out the baby with the bath water" is an ingrained part of our culture? 5. Could it be that we are suffering from a form of NHS Dementia where we forget all the good ideas that we used to have? I must stop being so cynical!

Posted date

21 June, 2010

Posted time

9:40 am