Health professionals from Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, have been working together with their partners to encourage newly diagnosed people on the Fylde Coast to join the Dementia Register and have been placed 2nd nationally for their efforts.
1 in 3 people born in the UK this year, will develop dementia in their lifetime and the only way to beat the condition is through research. With this in mind, staff from the Trust’s Fylde Coast Memory Assessment Service (MAS) and it’s wider stakeholders have been working together to support people with dementia to sign up to the Join Dementia Research register, a National Register which has been set up for people to be able to make a difference through medical research.
Dr Mark Worthington, Consultant Psychiatrist for Older Adults at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:
“We are delighted that we have been placed as the second best performing area for supporting people with dementia to register for the Join Dementia Research. Last month 24% of the patients under our care have signed up and registered their interest to get involved in research.
“Dementia is increasing in the UK with at least 850 000 people currently living with dementia. There are many causes of dementia the commonest being Alzheimer’s disease; this means beating one cause of dementia doesn’t prevent all dementias. The only way we can beat dementia through research and by working together to develop new treatments to hopefully find a cure.
“In the past, opportunities for patient and public involvement in dementia research has not been actively promoted. We recognise the importance of giving people the chance to take part in research and will continue to encourage people on the Fylde Coast to get involved.”