A new award to celebrate ‘dementia champions’ has been launched by the East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
The award - open to all GP practices, voluntary sector organisations and patient groups across the East Leicestershire and Rutland area - is designed to identify and spread innovation and great practice in the early identification and treatment of dementia.
The award is one of a number of actions the CCG is taking to raise awareness and diagnosis of dementia, as well as supporting patients and carers who may have concerns about their memory.
The East Leicestershire and Rutland CCG represents 32 GP practices serving more than 315,000 patients in Melton, Rutland, Market
Harborough, Blaby district, Lutterworth, and Oadby and Wigston. The CCGs plan and purchase acute and community hospital care along with mental healthcare and other allied services. From April the East Leicestershire and Rutland CCG has also been co-commissioning local GP services with NHS England.
East Leicestershire and Rutland CCG locality lead and board member Dr Girish Purohit said: “The dementia champions award is open to all sections of the community and is designed to inspire people to evolve best practice around dementia.
“We really need to promote and raise awareness of dementia, both as a diagnosis by clinicians and also among the public and our patients to reduce the stigma of the diagnosis itself, so that patients are more willing to come and see their GP about it.
He added: “It’s really important for patients and carers, when they suspect somebody has an issue with their memory, to see their GP early. The will be able to get all the information they need about dementia as a condition. It may also dispel many of the fears people have about their memory, because quite often a lot of memory issues may not be related to dementia. But picking up diagnosis early means that patients get the help they need and that’s really important.”