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Charity launches information exchange for dementia care professionals

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A social care charity is looking for examples of good practice in dementia care that they can share with other professionals to help raise standards of care and improve quality of life for people with dementia.

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), in partnership with the English Community Care Association (ECCA), is asking people working in dementia care for any examples of good practise, but is “particularly keen to hear about practice that can help to reduce unnecessary use of anti-psychotic drugs”.

Both charities are members of the Dementia Action Alliance, which launched a call to action in June this year to highlight the issue of unnecessary anti-psychotic drug use.

The SCIE says: “inappropriate prescribing of antipsychotic medication can increase people’s symptoms of dementia and cause dizziness and unsteadiness, leading to falls and injuries and robbing people of their quality of life.”

Good dementia practice examples can be submitted through the SCIE’s Good Practice Framework and will be displayed in a new section on their Dementia Gateway.

Martin Green, Chief Executive of ECCA says: “There is a lot of good practice and innovation in the care services for people living with dementia, but in the past the system has lacked a central place to identify and champion it.

In developing the Dementia Good Practice Exchange, SCIE is using its expertise and networks to highlight good practice and innovation and make it available to all service providers.”

Julie Jones, Chief Executive of SCIE, added: “The Dementia Good Practice Exchange will enable people in the sector to share ideas about dementia quickly and efficiently.”

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