A cohort of 18 leading health and social care organisations has called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson take urgent action to improve the level of technology-enabled dementia care across the country’s social care sector.
The group, which includes the National Care Forum, National Care Association and medical technology company, PainChek, has submitted an open letter, calling on government to improve the financial and strategic support for dementia care of the future and to allow social care organisations to embrace the power of technology and innovation to improve the care for people with dementia and those who support them.
The letter, which has been signed by around 100 private sector and not for profit organisations and individuals, also demands that the government conduct an urgent review of the status and progress of the commitments set out in the Dementia 2020 Challenge, and is the foundation of a new campaign: ‘The tech revolution: dementia care’s time has come.’
Led by PainChek, the campaign launches at a time when dementia continues to be the UK’s biggest killer, even throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive, Care England, said: “The United Kingdom has made significant progress on improving support and recognition for people living with dementia, however, we need to maintain the momentum, and to reach for the ambitious goals that we set for the Dementia 2020 Challenge. We require the government to make good on their commitments, and for our society to improve their support for people living with dementia.”
PainChek’s Pete Shergill added: “In today’s increasingly tech- and digital-first society, it is unsurprising that technology has the power to enhance dementia care and support care providers in the digitised world. But the government simply isn’t providing enough financial or strategic support to social care businesses to aid their adoption of technology-enabled dementia care.
“This shortfall in funding was further highlighted by the recent Spring Budget which disappointingly failed to provide the additional support the social care sector desperately needs. This is why we have launched the campaign and submitted the open letter to the PM and Parliament to get things changed – in a bid to bring the funding of tech in care in-line with the funding made available to the health and healthcare sectors.”