More dementia training for GPs

All GPs will be trained to diagnose dementia, health minister Phil Hope has revealed.

New postgraduate training opportunities will be provided to GPs as part of England's national dementia strategy, Mr Hope told the Daily Mail.

‘We want to see every GP trained to recognise the symptoms of early dementia and patients referred to specialist services in every area where they would get a proper diagnosis,' he said.

Funding will also be provided for memory clinics, where treatment and support will be provided by geriatricians, psychiatrists and GPs with a specialist interest.

‘We need to be diagnosing people with dementia much earlier so we can have earlier intervention in their lives and support carers - this is what everyone tells us they want and need,' Mr Hope said.

A report published earlier this year by the House of Commons' Public Accounts Committee revealed that while dementia costs the NHS £14bn a year but primary care professionals are not adequately trained to help patients with the condition, and many receive no formal diagnosis.

tom.moberly@haymarket.com

Comment below and tell us what you think

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Just published

Patient receiving flu vaccination

GP practices denied funding to vaccinate their own staff against flu

GPs have hit out at NHS England over a 'maddeningly frustrating' failure to offer...

BMA junior doctor strike action in 2016

Junior doctors to be balloted on industrial action in early January

The BMA looks set to ballot junior doctors in England on industrial action in early...

BMA sign

BMA sets up first-ever ‘strike fund’ to support industrial action

The BMA is about to release £2m from its reserves to pay for possible ballots on...

Dozens of GPs with suicidal thoughts contact specialist service every month

A specialist mental health service for doctors is being contacted by dozens of GPs...

GP consultation

GPs demand this summer 'matched pre-pandemic winter'

General practice needs urgent support to cope with spiralling demand after appointments...

Talking General Practice

Podcast: Looking after GP mental health at a time of crisis

We speak to Dr Helen Garr, medical director of NHS Practitioner Health, about the...