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NHS introduces dementia advisers to improve support for patients and families

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 13 July 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b2822
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

    Dementia advisers have been introduced in 22 areas of England to provide patients and their families with more support through the course of the illness, with a further 18 sites testing other types of support networks, the Department of Health announced this week.

    Announcing the launch of the programme, Phil Hope, the care services minister, said, “This is the beginning of real change to transform the lives of people with dementia. We know that people with dementia and their families are under huge strain. Dementia advisers will be there for them when they need help, from diagnosis onwards.”

    The introduction of dementia advisers is one of the measures set out …

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