Thank you for your email in support of the Alzheimer’s Society’s campaign regarding dementia care.
I can assure you that dementia care is a priority for the Government which launched the Challenge on Dementia 2020 in 2015, setting out its vision for dementia care, support, awareness, and research to be transformed by 2020. I know that the Government remains committed to delivering on this and I fully support the ambition to ensure England offers the world's best dementia care.
Progress has been made in terms of the care, support and treatment of people with dementia, with more people receiving a diagnosis of dementia than ever before. Over 660,000 NHS staff have received dementia training and further training opportunities will be rolled out to all NHS staff by the end of 2018. Over 100,000 social care workers have received some form of dementia awareness training and new care staff have been trained to receive the Care Certificate, which equips them with the knowledge and skills to provide safe and compassionate care, including for those with dementia since 2015. It’s important to increase public awareness of dementia and I’m encouraged that there are over 1.7 million Dementia Friends and 175 Dementia Friendly Communities across England. Research is crucial to understanding and tackling dementia and the Government has doubled research spending on dementia. This will be maintained to total over £300 million by 2020, with the UK's first ever Dementia Research Institute receiving £150 million.
I hope that I’ve been able to reassure you that the Government is taking this issue very seriously indeed.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.
With best wishes.