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Question for Department of Health

UIN HL1237, tabled on 17 July 2014

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they have put in place to address the need for training for health professionals concerning Parkinson's-related dementias.

Answered on

24 July 2014

We are working closely with a wide range of organisations on the implementation of the Challenge, including the Dementia Action Alliance; the Alliance includes organisations representing people with Parkinson’s such asParkinson’s UK.

By October 2013, 108,000 National Health Service staff had received Tier 1 training on dementia, enabling them to spot the early symptoms of dementia, know how to interact with people with dementia and ensure that patients receive the most appropriate care. The Government’s refreshed Mandate to Health Education England, published on 1 May 2014, builds on this by setting an ambition for a further 250,000 NHS staff to receive Tier 1 training on dementia by March 2015, with the tools and training opportunities being made available to all staff by the end of 2018.

Over 100,000 social care workers have received some form of dementia awareness training through workforce development funding from local authorities and care providers.