I’m not sure if Ben Bradshaw MP was aware of Exeter City Council had become a member of Exeter Dementia Action Alliance when he asked the following questions in the House of Commons earlier today. But this is what he asked:
Oral Answers to Questions – Communities and Local Government
Topical Questions (28 Nov 2016)
Did the Minister see last week’s shocking report from the Alzheimer’s Society showing that only 2% of people affected by dementia feel that their home carers have adequate training in dementia, that only 38% of home care workers have any dementia training at all, and that 71% did not have accredited training, with dreadful consequences for dementia sufferers and their families and carers? Does he accept that until social care is properly funded, this situation will just get worse?
The right hon. Gentleman raises an important issue. By 2020, we expect all social care providers to provide appropriate training on dementia to all relevant staff. Over 100,000 care workers have already received such training. As I said with regard to the funding of adult social care, we have provided a package that will provide up to £3.5 billion of extra funding during this spending review period.
Written Answers – Department for Communities and Local Government: Dementia: Home Care Services (28 Nov 2016)
Mr Ben Bradshaw (Exeter) (Lab)
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health on the adequacy of the level of dementia training for homecare workers. [asked 22 November 2016]
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (Mr Marcus Jones)
By 2020, this government expects social care providers to provide appropriate training on dementia to all relevant staff, and over 100,000 social care workers have already received such training.
Since April 2015, newly appointed health care assistants and social care support workers receive training through the implementation of the Care Certificate.
[Hansard: HC Deb, 28 November 2016, cW]
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