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Department of Health reveals dementia care plan

A “nursing vision” for dementia care was launched by the Department of Health (DH) yesterday (14 March 2013). 

The resource, revealed at the Healthcare Innovation Expo, describes the level of care expected from nurses in care settings. 

'Real difference'

Based on the Chief Nursing Officer's '6Cs' for compassion in practice, Making a Difference to Dementia aims to support the Prime Minister's Dementia Challenge. 

Pauline Watts, clinical advisor for public health nursing and DH Nurse Lead for Dementia Care, said: “Dementia is every nurse's business - with a change in mindset, practice, commissioning and education, nurses can make a real difference to people living with dementia and their carers and families.”

A DH spokesperson said there is a need to ensure people with dementia “have the best compassionate care and support from all nurses and their teams.”

The spokesperson added: “All nurses can make a contribution across the dementia pathway, irrespective of provider, whether it's within the NHS, Social, Private, Voluntary or Prison Sector. 

“This support starts right from keeping well, awareness raising and reducing social stigma, through to early identification, diagnosis, maintaining health and wellbeing and finally as the symptoms progress through to end of life care and bereavement support for carers and their families.” 

Earlier this week the Care Quality Commission (CQC) released a report which said more needs to be done to provide quality care. 

Wider contribution

The resource aims to “raise the profile of the wider nursing contribution to dementia care”, pointing out that all nurses, are able to contribute to “achieving and sustaining better outcomes for people with dementia. 

The spokesperson said: “The list is not exhaustive - the vision is intended for all nurses, regardless of what sector they work in.” 

The nursing vision can be viewed on the Department of Health website