The Dementia Action Alliance, supported by the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, has launched a call to action – The Right Prescription – aimed at encouraging and empowering healthcare professionals to commit to review and, where possible, reduce the inappropriate use of antipsychotic drugs. As a result, many clinicians, especially GPs, are taking action.
To help GPs and other healthcare professionals learn more about dementia and improve their practice,Doctors.net.uk has worked with Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) leads and NHS Institute staff to develop The Right Prescription micro site. This features quizzes, polls, surveys and information to support GPs in getting up to speed on the dementia agenda particularly as it relates to antipsychotic medication. Over 6,000 GPs have engaged with the site.
The site now also includes a module training segment for the management of dementia, building on feedback from GPs.
Please click to viewThe Right Prescription microsite
Please note: Doctors.net is a membership site, however GPs who are not existing Doctors.net members can sign up for free membership.
Last month’s edition of GP and Practice Team Bulletin also included details about how the percentage of dementia patients prescribed antipsychotic drugs has fallen over the last six years.
Other useful links for more information about dementia:
- patients and carers can visit the Alzheimer’s Society’s website
- GPs who need further help on diagnosing dementia should access NICE guidelines
- you or your staff may also find it helpful to access the Department of Health’s e-learning educational resource , which provides guidance on recognising, assessing and managing dementia, and on providing high quality dementia care.