MP for Beverley and Holderness Graham Stuart, Conservative MP for Beverley & Holderness

Thank you for contacting me and letting me know about the Alzheimer’s Society stand at Conservative Party Conference.  

I can assure you that dementia is a priority for the Government. As you may be aware, in 2015, the Challenge on Dementia 2020 plan was launched, and I know that the Government remains committed to delivering this. The plan sets out a vision for dementia care, support, awareness, and research to be transformed by 2020. I fully support the ambition to ensure England offers the world’s best dementia care. 
  
Progress in the care, support, and treatment of people with dementia has been made, with more people receiving a diagnosis of dementia than ever before. Over 660,000 NHS staff have received dementia training with further training opportunities rolled out to all NHS staff by the end of 2018. Over 100,000 social care workers have received some form of dementia awareness training. Since 2015, new care staff have been trained to receive the Care Certificate, which equips them with the knowledge and skills to provide safe and compassionate care, including for those with dementia. 

I believe it is important to increase awareness and understanding of dementia among the wider public to ensure that people are supported to live well with the condition. To this end, I am encouraged that there are almost 2.5 million Dementia Friends. 

Research is crucial to understanding and tackling dementia. I am therefore glad that the Government has doubled research spending in this area. This will be maintained to total over £300 million by 2020, with the UK’s first ever Dementia Research Institute receiving £150 million.  
  
The Government is integrating and improving health and social care to protect people at every stage of their lives. Furthermore, the Government is committed to publishing a Green Paper this Autumn, which will outline a new social care policy, which is financially sustainable, accessible, and properly integrated with the NHS. 
  
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me; I have taken note of the Alzheimer’s Society event.  

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