Birmingham medics come together for ‘Life after diagnosis’ dementia event

Birmingham CrossCity Clinical Commissioning Group hosted clinicians from across the city recently at a special event to look at dementia diagnosis rates locally and identify what is needed to help make a difference to the care of patients.

The meeting also discussed how a diagnosis could act as a ‘gateway to support’ for people with dementia, what local services there are to meet local needs and what are currently being commissioned.

The event follows the Birmingham and Solihull Dementia Strategy 2014-17 “Give me something to believe in” launched in May 2014 which aims to provide a way forward across the area with a focus on

• Improving access to timely diagnosis 
• Raising awareness and understanding and reducing stigma for people with dementia
• Providing support early to people at a higher risk of dementia 
• Developing community support for people with dementia and their carers
• Improving the quality of care for people with dementia

NHS England’s National Clinical Lead for Dementia, Professor Alistair Burns joined the event to update senior clinical leads on work that is happening nationally and in other areas to increase diagnosis rates.
Joining Professor Burns as speakers on the day were Birmingham CrossCity CCG’s Chair Dr Gavin Ralston and the CCG’s lead for mental health Dr Aqil Chaudary.

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