Dementia: Health Services

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 12th March 2020.

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Photo of Rosena Allin-Khan Rosena Allin-Khan Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) (Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance his Department has issued on patient-centred care for patients with (a) Alzheimer's disease and (b) dementia to (i) NHS trusts and (ii) providers of care; and what steps his Department takes to ensure that care practices for those patients take account of the effect of those diseases on a patient's ability to respond to questions.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has published a guideline on ‘Dementia: assessment, management and support’ for people living with dementia and their carers in 2018. It includes recommendations on involving people in decisions about their care and offering early and ongoing opportunities to discuss advance statement about their wishes, preferences, beliefs and values regarding their future care. The guidance is available at the following link:

Commissioned by NHS England, the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health published ‘The Dementia Care Pathway: full implementation guidance’ in July 2018. It includes support for providers, commissioners and sustainability and transformation partnerships in providing personalised care for people with dementia and is available at the following link:

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