Online GMC resource on dementia and mental health

DEMENTIA and mental health are the subjects of an online resource being promoted by the GMC.

The Dementia and mental health resource contains a mixture of guidance, case studies, scenarios, articles and tips to prepare doctors for caring for the growing number of older patients.

New updates to the resource include a 'mythbusters' leaflet produced by the GMC from Professor Alistair Burns CBE, NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Dementia, which tackles five common myths related to treating patients with dementia, such as "it isn’t possible to live well and have a good and rewarding life with dementia".

The resource also contains new opinion pieces from the Alzheimer’s Society and the National Dementia Carers Action Network, who provide different perspectives on helping older patients living with dementia and mental health issues.

Niall Dickson, Chief Executive of the General Medical Council said: "We hope this material on dementia and mental health issues will be useful and stimulate discussion – these are among the greatest challenges facing the profession. We are also keen to get feedback on this – it is vital that our guidance and support materials make sense and are helpful to doctors in frontline practice, who are treating and caring for older people."

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