NICE dementia guidelines not followed, report finds
Dementia services in England are not getting the priority that they deserve, with many trusts failing to follow recommendations set out in NICE dementia guidelines, a report by the National Audit Office (NAO) has found.
The NAO report, published today, highlighted that trusts are not following NICE recommendations on joint working between health and social care, with the current situation described as being “very patchy”.
The recommendations were made in NICE guidelines on supporting people with dementia and their carers in health and social care, which were issued in November 2006 to help tackle the growing problem of caring for an ageing population.
Currently, it is estimated that dementia affects around 570,000 people in England. At the current rate the number of people with dementia will double in the next 30 years and the cost to the country will rise from £15.9 billion this year to £34.8 billion by 2026.
The NICE guidelines set out recommendations for the identification, treatment and care of dementia sufferers and the support of carers in primary, secondary and social care.
NICE recommended that health and social care managers coordinate and integrate working across all agencies involved in the treatment and care of people with dementia and their carers, including jointly agreeing written policies and procedures.
Additionally, we called for health and social care managers to ensure that all staff working with older people in the health, social care and voluntary sectors have access to dementia-care training that is consistent with their roles and responsibilities.
See the our guidelines Dementia: Supporting people with dementia and their carers in health and social care.
NICE is also working to produce a quality standard for dementia care to act as a marker of high quality, cost effective patient care across a pathway or clinical area. The draft dementia quality standard is currently open for consultation.
14 January 2010
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