Dementia experts welcome Government funding boost

UK will double spending on research

Dementia experts welcome Government funding boost
11 December 2013

Dementia experts at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust have welcomed news that the UK is to double its annual funding for research into the condition.

Funding for dementia research will increase to £132m by 2025, up from the 2015 target of £66m, the Prime Minister has said.

He made the announcement before a dementia summit which is part of Britain's presidency of the G8.

Fe Franklin, co-ordinator of the Dementia Carers Support Service, which is run by CPFT, (right) said: “It is very welcome news as increased funding always gives us hope of a dementia-free future.

“Announcements like the one made at the summit today also put the plight of those with dementia – and their carers – right into the public spotlight.

“At the Dementia Carers Support Service we are trying to help everyone affected by the condition and we hope events like today will inspire others to do the same.”

The service, which is run by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, has been praised for its innovative approach to helping carers. Carers are given a “buddy” who are ex-carers themselves and have first-hand experience and knowledge of how to look after someone with dementia. The DCSS currently has some 23 volunteers who provide essential support to carers throughout Cambridgeshire.

CPFT Community Division academic lead, Professor O’Brien, who is also Foundation Professor of Old Age Psychiatry at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge, said he was pleased at the announcement.

Professor O’Brien (pictured right) said: The doubling of funding for dementia research announced by the UK Government is very much to be welcomed, though we need to recognise that dementia funding does start from a low base compared to many other disorders.

“There are significant research efforts within Cambridge in dementia, including basic scientific studies investigating the development of new treatments.

“The excellent and close links between academic researchers and high quality clinical services, as exist within Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Trust, are essential not only to move research forwards, but to offer our patients the very best in treatment and care.”

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For more information please contact:

Andy Burrows
Communications Manager
E andy.burrows@cpft.nhs.uk
T 01223 726767
 

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