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@ Sheringham Community Paper - Issue 200 - 1st September 2017

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As we wait to see what happens as a result of the vote last week, there are many questions to answer and changes afoot.

But during this period of change, there is one thing we do know. And this is some good news for people with dementia.

After 9,500 people joined our call to Simon Stevens, CEO of NHS England, he has committed to act on our recommendations!

We called for hospitals to publish an annual dementia statement because we believe that through publicising the quality of dementia care hospitals provide, we can hold hospitals to account.

Simon Stevens said that NHS England will be ‘encouraging trusts to publish an annual dementia statement, to set out the quality of the care they provide.’

He also affirmed that they are searching for ways to get hospitals to publish an annual dementia statement.

You can read his letter in full on our website.

This is an important step in our Fix Dementia Care campaign and we will be following up with Simon Stevens on his commitments in the course of the following months.

This shows the power of our supporters sending an email or signing a petition.

Regards,

Sam & the Alzheimer's Society campaigns team

Food for Thought

'Food for Thought', a newly formed North Norfolk based charity runs support groups and lunch clubs for people with dementia and their carers.

Food for Thought runs supporters groups in Bodham, Cromer and North Walsham on a monthly basis.  For more information call Catherine Moorhouse on 01263 721 344 or visit their web site

LGA RESPONDS TO NHS DIGITAL CARERS SURVEY

Responding to an NHS Digital survey published today on carers experiencing financial difficulties and social isolation, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:

“Unpaid carers play an invaluable role in looking after those with care and support needs, and are estimated to save the economy 132 billion a year. Without the incredible work of carers, social care and the NHS would collapse.

“The findings of this report and the link between financial problems caused by caring, and social isolation, highlight the need for government to set out how it will address the needs of carers in its long-awaited Carers Strategy.

"Supporting carers is fundamentally important to local government, and we fully backed the important changes brought in by the Care Act to improve the lives of carers, in particular the move to ensure that carers are recognised in law in the same way as those they care for.

"The whole sector needs to work together to identify carers, support carers in employment, and ensure they are able to maintain their own health and wellbeing, while raising awareness amongst the wider community of the vital work they do.

“However, the continuing underfunding of adult social care has limited councils’ ability to provide support to people with care needs and their carers.

“It is absolutely critical that the Government brings forward its consultation for social care announced in the Queen’s Speech, and that it works with local government leaders in delivering a long-term sustainable funding solution for social care.”

LGA RESPONDS TO GOVERNMENT’S CAREER BREAK RETURNER PROGRAMME

Responding to the launch of the Government’s Returner Programme, which aims to help people back to work after a career break, Cllr Claire Kober, Chair of the LGA’s Resources Board, said:

“We are pleased that the Government has recognised the importance of supporting the return of good experienced social workers back into the profession.

“This investment will enable us to build on the success of our Come Back to Social Work pilot by offering tailored training and development placements to 100 social work returners.

“Social workers do incredibly important work in difficult circumstances and it’s vital they have the support that enables them to succeed. Councils are determined to enable the highest professional standards and ensure quality social care is provided to our local communities.”