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Dementia toolkit released for primary care

A new dementia toolkit has been launched by the NHS England to help drive up diagnosis rates. 

The toolkit aims to help primary care professionals make more timely diagnosis of the condition and outlines what they can do in terms of support. 

The support relates to emotional support and practical task-based help including specific interventions like cognitive stimulation therapy. 

Simon Stevens, NHS England chief executive said: “The biggest test of the NHS is going to be how it treats older citizens and, in particular, how we treat people with dementia. If we get it right for people with dementia, we will get it right for everybody.

“Today we have published a dementia guide for GPs in which we say that there are compelling arguments against delaying diagnosis. It is increasingly important the we diagnose people with dementia.

“We have got to find ways of harnessing expertise and insight about dementia and I believe we are on the cusp of a revolution to the way we help people with long term conditions.”

Current rates of diagnosis, which show how many people have been diagnosed with dementia across the country, are relatively low, at just over 50% suggesting there may be around 400,000 people living with dementia without the benefits of a formal  diagnosis. 

NHS England's aim is that by next year two-thirds of the estimated number of people with dementia should have a diagnosis and post diagnostic support.

The toolkit is available to view online