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Dementia: Care Homes

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when he plans to publish guidance for care home staff on best practice in dementia care; (256784)

(2) what timetable he has set for care homes to identify a senior staff member within the home to take the lead for quality improvement in its care of people with dementia; and what funding he has allocated for the purpose.

The Department will develop guidance on best practice for care home staff during 2009-10.

We will look to care homes identifying a senior member of staff to lead on dementia care as soon as possible, taking account of the priority attached to implementation of the national dementia strategy. Guidance will be issued to care homes during the course of 2009-10 on best practice in dementia care.