The needs of dental patients with dementia

Health Education England has launched a new film aimed at dental professionals to raise awareness of the issues faced by patients with dementia when attending a dental appointment. The film looks at the process of attending a dental appointment through the eyes of a dementia sufferer, highlighting just how daunting the whole process can be.  It aims provide dental teams with information on how difficult things can be for sufferers and provide some ideas on how to make arrangements to make the process smoother and easier for their patients.

Employing more people with learning disabilities

NHS Employers has made available a range of free resources to help NHS organisations develop local and national solutions to increase employment of people with learning disabilities.  Over the next few months NHS Employers will work with NHS England to provide: examples of how to facilitate local networks and peer-to-peer learning to demonstrate where other organisations have been successful; practical tools and guidance that can be used locally; and support to help organisations understand and use these tools.

Physical activity in primary schools

Ukactive Kids has published Generation Inactive: an analysis of the UK’s childhood inactivity epidemic and tangible solutions to get children moving. This report explores the current understanding of children’s physical activity in primary schools and investigates the measures that are used to track the activity and fitness levels of pupils.  The report found that more could be done to support both primary schools and primary academies in this agenda and make a number of recommendations.

Additional link: Royal College of Paediatrics and Childhealth press release

Improving General Practice

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has published A blueprint for building the new deal for general practice in England. This document sets out in the RCGP’s view that urgent and medium-to long-term measures that must be implemented to secure vital improvements to general practice. The Blueprint sets out five overarching actions that must be taken by the new Government to strengthen general practice for the future: invest 11% of the NHS budget in general practice; grow the GP workforce by 8,000; give GPs time to focus on patient care; allow GPs time to innovate; and improve GP premises.

Additional link: RCGP press release

The key to improving learning disability services lies with the people

Empowering people and their families has been a priority for NHS England as it looks to develop and improve its learning disability services.

Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for England, said: giving people with learning disabilities their families and carers more say over their care was fundamental to the planning of future services.

The CNO was addressing NHS staff as part of an event to mark Learning Disability Week which runs to 21 June.

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