Expert review calls for improved dementia care
“About 750,000 people have dementia in England and Wales but this figure is predicted to more than double in the next 40 years.”
“One in four hospitals beds are estimated to be occupied by a dementia patient at any one time.”
“But a review by the Royal College of Psychiatrists of nearly 8,000 case notes and more than 200 hospitals found a series of deficiencies in care.”
"There is still a reluctance by clinicians and managers to accept that the care of this most vulnerable group of patients is a core function of acute hospitals. This must change."
IoN’s Conference Advanced Technologies for an Ageing Population to be held in Glasgow on 23-24 March 2011 will include a number of presentations on novel and assistive technologies and strategies to address degenerative diseases of the elderly including dementia.
Professor June Andrews, a leading UK dementia expert and Director of the University of Stirling’s Dementia Services Development Centre will make a keynote presentation at the Conference on the topic “Why dementia demands technological solutions”.
Professor June Andrews originally trained as a psychiatric and general nurse and her previous posts include working for the government in the Health Department, being the Director of Nursing of two general hospitals, leading the Royal College of Nursing in Scotland, and working as a nurse in psychiatric and geriatric hospitals. Because the number of people with dementia is increasing all the time as the population ages, the need for training and education in the field likewise increases. Professor Andrews is consequently called upon internationally by governments, local authorities, health services, the private sector and voluntary organisations to give help and advice on how to improve dementia services. Her main emphasis is on what is practical and makes a difference.
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