BMA deputy chairman receives BAPIO leadership excellence award

BMA deputy chairman Dr Kailash Chand received a leadership excellence award from the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO) at its annual conference.

Dr Chand receives his award at BAPIO's Manchester conference

Speaking about the three-day event last weekend in Manchester, Dr Chand, who is also a member of the conference organisation committee, said: 'This is the most interesting and vibrant conference that I have ever attended, with some key successes. Well done BAPIO.'

Speakers included England's clinical director for dementia Professor Alistair Burns who explained the enhanced service offering £55 per extra patient diagnosed with dementia.

Professor Burns told the conference just over half the estimated number of people with dementia receive a formal diagnosis and are therefore able to access the emotional, practical and financial support which the diagnosis brings, both for people with dementia, their families and carers.

He added individuals without a formal diagnosis are denied this support and the opportunity for care planning.  NHS England has an ambition that two thirds of the estimated number of people with dementia should have post diagnostic support and a key component of that is a documented diagnosis.   

Professor Burns said the enhanced service was developed to compensate GPs, if they wish, for the additional time involved in taking a proactive approach to the diagnosis and management of people with suspected dementia.

The conference also featured a personal message from prime minister of India Shri Narendra Modi who said: 'India is very proud that the dedication of Indian doctors has remained the backbone of the health services in the UK and will remain so for the forseeable future.' 

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