NHS staff learn about dementia

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A NEW NHS scheme in Suffolk is training hospital staff to better treat people suffering from dementia.

The Dementia Workforce Training and Development project will see staff of all levels trained at West Suffolk and Ipswich hospitals and Suffolk Community Healthcare.

The programme, which began at the end of September, has already held 900 training sessions across the county.

At West Suffolk Hospital staff are being coached while they work on the wards by a team of specicialised trainers.

It is estimated there are around 9,000 undiagnosed people with dementia in Suffolk.

Vanessa Price, NHS Suffolk’s dementia training lead, said: “This training is available for all NHS staff and links with the East Anglian Ambulance Service as well.

“With the population of Suffolk following national trends of ageing, it is important that our staff are equipped to identify early signs that may indicate a memory imparement and to be able to refer individuals to services promptly.

“By improving care we can make sure patients are given the best treatment, resulting in fewer admissions to hospital and more opportunity to treat people in the community.

“It is estimated that 9,000 people in the county suffer from dementia without ever having been diagnosed, meaning it is vital staff are trained to identify the condition and gove apropriate care and treatment.”