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Gloucestershire is set to benefit from an extra £500k to enhance treatment, care and support for people living with dementia, their families and carers.

Community organisations across the county combined resources to respond to the Prime Minister’s ‘Challenge on Dementia’ launched in July this year which pledges additional money to support local GPs to commission innovations and best practice in dementia care.

The application was successful, and funding of £500k was awarded for two projects which will see improvements to community-based care and changes that will make Gloucestershire a more ‘dementia friendly’ county.

Hein Le Roux, Clinical Lead for Dementia on the emerging Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

“We are thrilled to have won this funding. It gives us a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference to dementia care and awareness across the county. Already, it has prompted vital discussions about the current and future needs of our population.

Our projects will see organisations working together to ensure that community based services become more responsive to the needs of patients, helping people with dementia to avoid going in to hospital unless absolutely necessary and improving support to carers, who play such a vital and often difficult role.”

Lorna Robertson, Locality Manager for the Alzheimer’s Society in Avon, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, said:
“We are delighted to be part of the successful Gloucestershire bid. We will be working together to make sure that people living with dementia and their carers are fully involved in this exciting work so that their thoughts, views and experiences influence local developments.”

Dr Martin Ansell, Clinical Director of Older Persons Mental Health Services for the ²gether NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“This is great news for the county, giving us the chance to enhance the work already taking place to support people living with dementia now, and in the future, as well as their carers. By 2013 there are likely to be around 9,000 people in Gloucestershire with dementia, so this funding is most welcome.”

Cllr Antonia Noble, Cabinet Member for People with Long Term Needs, said:

“I am delighted that we are receiving this funding for dementia. It is great that all the fabulous work that is currently conducted by the dementia care teams has been recognised nationally.”

Both projects will work innovatively with local communities to make sure that people living with dementia are included and involved. This will include positively promoting and raising awareness and understanding of dementia amongst the general public.