“The current funding to provide a quality GP service to these patients is extremely challenging for many practices but the exact payment mechanisms are outside the remit of the College and with the General Practitioner’s Committee of the BMA.
“Dementia has a devastating impact on patients, their families and their carers, so it is important that patients with dementia have timely access to services that can enhance their wellbeing and offer them the best quality of life for as long as possible, whatever their situation.
“Ultimately it is down to the NHS to commission and contract for the medical needs of our population. It is of course within the prerogative of an individual care home to arrange services for their patients not covered by these contracts.
“Today’s report is certainly indicative of the patchy provision of dementia support services in the community, including in care homes, across the country – and highlights how strained financially many of these services, that our patients and the health service rely on, are.
“We need better co-ordination of approaches for referral, assessment, and treatment across the boundaries of primary, secondary and social care – including care homes – so that we can improve the services, and access to services, that will help patients with dementia to live healthy, independent and productive lives for as long as possible.
“The College has produced a hub of resources, including the Dementia Roadmap, in collaboration with NHS England, which supports healthcare teams and provides advice on what to do at different points during the course of a patient’s experience through dementia.”
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