NHS England’s Guidance states, ‘There is an urgent need to ensure every person who has dementia has an individual care plan’ and specifies a review should take place once a year at the minimum. However, a recent report from Age UK revealed one third of dementia sufferers do not have a care plan.
Data from 7,185 GP practices in England showed that, in total, 458,461 people had a recorded diagnosis of dementia in November 2017. They also found only 282,573 had a new care plan or at least one care plan review on record in the last year.
The charity also found that at a quarter of practices only 50% or fewer people with a dementia diagnosis had received a new care plan or had their existing care plan reviewed in the last 12 months.
This analysis suggests that many people with dementia are losing out on the NHS follow up support they need and are supposed to always be offered, following diagnosis. This could mean that they and their loved ones are missing precious opportunities to get help with living as well as possibly with the disease.
The absence of a care plan also means that people with dementia are not being sign-posted to services that really could improve their physical and mental health, and sense of wellbeing.
To read the full report go to: https://goo.gl/zTNqmz