A new award to celebrate Dementia Champions across East Leicestershire and Rutland has been launched by East Leicestershire and Rutland CCG. Download the entry form here.
Entries are requested by 31st January 2016.
The award – which is open to all GP practices, the voluntary sector organisations and patient groups in the area – is designed to identify and spread innovation and great practice across the area in the early identification and treatment of dementia.
Commenting on the launch of the award, East Leicestershire and Rutland CCG locality lead and Board Member, Dr Girish Purohit, said:
“The Dementia Champions award is open to all sections of the community and is designed to inspire people to evolve best practice around dementia and it’s something I’m really excited about.
“We really need to promote and raise awareness of dementia, both as a diagnosis by clinicians and also amongst the public and our patients to reduce the stigma of the diagnosis itself, so that patients are more willing to come and see their GP about it.
“It’s really important for patients and carers, when they suspect somebody has an issue with their memory, to see their GP early. The will be able to get all the information they need about dementia as a condition. It may also dispel many of the fears that people have about their memory, because quite often a lot of memory issues may not be related to dementia. But picking up diagnosis early means that patients get the help they need and that’s really important.”
According to the Alzheimer’s Society, nearly two thirds of people with dementia experience loneliness and almost half report losing friends after their diagnosis. A global survey of 2,500 people with dementia and carers across 50 countries found that stigma is a major barrier to improving care and support for people with the condition. 75 per cent of people with dementia and 64 per cent of family carers believe that people with dementia face stigma, including fear and avoidance, from others.