A submission by Dr Janet Carter to the Memory Service National Accreditation Programme (MSNAP), run by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, has led to the adoption of new national standards for young onset dementia. The role of MSNAP is to help improve the quality of memory services in the UK and to set national standards for those running memory services whether or not they belong to the programme.
Dr Carter is member of the National Young Onset Dementia Network, led by YoungDementia UK which is committed to improving care for younger people and their families living with dementia. For the first time, standards designating a clear care pathway and a named lead for young onset dementia have been identified. The submission was supported by evidence from the UK survey of services for young onset dementia published earlier this year by Dr Jo Rodda and Dr Carter.
If you would like to find out more about the work of the National Young Onset Dementia Network, please email Sarah Plummer, YoungDementia UK's National Development Manager.