Stafford doctors to learn from one of UK’s leading dementia experts

One of the UK's leading experts on dementia and elderly care will be offering Stafford doctors the benefit of his knowledge and experience next month.

Professor Alistair Burns will be attending GP Practice Learning Time sessions arranged by Stafford and Surrounds Clinical Commissioning Group in June 2016, and will be speaking on the subjects of dementia care and frail elderly care, which have been designated priority areas by the CCG.

He said: “There is a much greater appreciation today of the importance of support for people with dementia and their carers after a diagnosis has been made.

“Good quality post-diagnostic care helps the individual with dementia to stay at home, when it is in their best interests to do so, which enables them to remain independent for longer.”

Prof Burns is Professor of Old Age Psychiatry and Vice Dean for the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences at The University of Manchester. He is an Honorary Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist in the Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust (MMHSCT) and is the National Clinical Director for Dementia, NHS England.

He is Editor of the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and is on the Editorial Boards of the British Journal of Psychiatry and International Psychogeriatrics.

Prof Burns’s research and clinical interests are in mental health problems of older people, particularly dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. He has published over 300 papers and 25 books.

Dr Paddy Hannigan, Clinical Lead and Chairman of Stafford and Surrounds CCG said:  “Early diagnosis of dementia is important as it allows patients and their families time to access services and support for their future care.

“Local GPs have been working to raise awareness of dementia and to increase the number of patients with a diagnosis. Prof Burns’ visit to Stafford will help raise awareness of this condition and support local GPs in this role.”

GP Practice Learning Time is an NHS initiative to offer medical staff up-to-the-minute training on the latest procedures and enable staff development.

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