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Dementia Challenge urges partnership

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Promoting joint working between primary and secondary care and reducing inappropriate use of antipsychotic medication for dementia patients are core objectives of the Prime Minister's Dementia Challenge, ministers have confirmed.

Announced in March, the challenge aims to improve dementia care, awareness and research by 2015.

Three 'Champion Groups' will lead the work on each strand, staring with the Dementia Friendly Communities Champion Group. This will consider how the NHS, social care and local government organisations can work together more effectively.

Actions to achieve this include improving diagnosis, rewarding best practice and ensuring memory services are established across the country and accredited.

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