Early diagnosis

Objective 2: Good quality early diagnosis and intervention for all.

All people with dementia should have access to a pathway of care that delivers. This should include a rapid and competent specialist assessment, an accurate diagnosis – that is communicated sensitively to the individual and their carers – and the treatment, care and support they need afterwards.

Alzheimer’s Society publishes data on dementia diagnosis rates

The Alzheimer’s Society has released new data on the rates of dementia diagnosis in the UK. It shows wide variation between areas with, for example, 31.6% of people with dementia being diagnosed in the East Riding of Yorkshire and 75.4% … Read more → – Alzheimer’s Society publishes data on dementia diagnosis rates

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Guidance published on “Difficult Conversations in Dementia”

A Ten Step Toolkit for Clinicians Involved in End of Life Discussions’ has been launched specifically for those dealing with dementia patients and their families. The book has been written to increase the skills and confidence of healthcare professionals involved … Read more → – Guidance published on “Difficult Conversations in Dementia”

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Dementia campaign launches

The Department of Health has launched a campaign, supported by the Alzheimer’s Society, to encourage people to talk to loved ones showing signs of dementia. The three-month campaign in England, launched on World Alzheimer’s Day, will raise awareness of the … Read more → – Dementia campaign launches

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Launch of the Sheffield Dementia Information Pack

The School of Nursing and Midwifery and SISA at the University of Sheffield have published a Sheffield Dementia Information Pack. It offers guidance for those worried about their worsening memory who might not know what to do next, suggestions about … Read more → – Launch of the Sheffield Dementia Information Pack

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Early diagnosis: audio with Martin Freeman and Alistair Burns

In this short audio clip, Martin Freeman, regional lead on dementia in the South West of England, talks to National Clinical Director for Dementia Alistair Burns about the importance of early diagnosis. Find out about the Dementia Challenge. listen to … Read more → – Early diagnosis: audio with Martin Freeman and Alistair Burns

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Karim Saad talks about work on dementia in the West Midlands

In this audio clip, Alistair Burns talks to Dr Karim Saad, Dementia Lead in the West Midlands, about work on dementia in the region. The interview was recorded on 31 May at a meeting in the West Midlands about dementia care in … Read more → – Karim Saad talks about work on dementia in the West Midlands

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Memory assessment service specifications

Memory assessment services support the early identification and care of people with dementia. This page provides access to service specifications from memory assessment services across the country. Read more → – Memory assessment service specifications

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Memory assessment services

The service offers a comprehensive assessment of an individual’s current memory abilities and attempts to determine whether they have experienced a greater memory impairment than would be expected for their age. Read more → – Memory assessment services

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Worried about your Memory?

The Alzheimer’s Society’s ‘Worried about your Memory?’ campaign is an early diagnosis awareness-raising project aimed at encouraging people concerned about memory problems to seek help. Read more → – Worried about your Memory?

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The provision of memory services in England

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In his latest video blog Alistair talks about a survey recently run by the NHS Information center to find out how well the provision of memory services by primary care trusts was working. He outlines the key findings in the … Read more → – The provision of memory services in England

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