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Dementia care given priority in new NHS training guidelines

Department of Health training blueprint promises to give NHS education unprecedented focus and importance

Andrew Sparrow
The Guardian, Tuesday 28 May 2013

Tackling dementia and encouraging medical students to become GPs are among the priorities under a new framework for NHS training.

At least half the number of medical students must go on to become GPs, and much more should be done to increase awareness of dementia, an NHS training blueprint will announce today.

Getting more nurses to train in the community is also a priority under a new framework for NHS training.

Every vulnerable elderly person in England will have a personal NHS worker

Elderly patients will get personal NHS worker to coordinate health care, pledges Jeremy Hunt

Health Secretary says each patient will have their own dedicated NHS worker

Sunday 12 May 2013

Every vulnerable elderly person in England will have a personal NHS worker who will be responsible for co-ordinating all their heath and care needs, the Heath Secretary Jeremy Hunt promises today.

Warning in an interview with The Independent that dementia has replaced cancer as the biggest challenge facing the NHS, Mr Hunt said that the NHS must entirely overhaul the way it looks after elderly patients.

On Monday he will announce a review into all aspects of later-life care that is expected to bring forward recommendations in the autumn.

However, in advance of the review, he signalled that he expected it to result in significant change across the NHS, including:

* A shake-up of out-of-hours care to  ensure that all doctors have access to detailed patient notes – no matter where or when they are treated. Local GPs will also be expected to take more responsibility for out-of-hours care in their communities.

* A single “named individual” will manage all the care needs of elderly patients – from arranging physiotherapy to home help and medical care.

NHS ‘ring fence’ threatened by plan to help social care

More than £1bn likely to be transferred from health budget to local authorities

The Government has decided to act amid fears that hospitals are admitting elderly patients who could be better cared for at home.

The plans – being drawn up as part of the Government’s spending review – are likely to see at least £1bn transferred from the Department of Health to local authorities to keep people out of hospital.

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