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Call to action: the use of antipsychotic drugs for people with dementia


Together with the Dementia Action Alliance, we have launched a call to action to work together in a way that that will unite us in our common cause to improve the quality of life of people with dementia and their carers by reducing the inappropriate use of antipsychotics for these people.

Call to actionDownload The Right Prescription: a call to action on the use of antipsychotic drugs for people with dementia The Right Prescription: a call to action on the use of antipsychotic drugs for people with dementia (239.83 KB)

Download An economic evaluation of alternatives to antipsychotic drugs for individuals living with dementia An economic evaluation of alternatives to antipsychotic drugs for individuals living with dementia (475.37 KB)

 

Dementia Commissioning Pack

The Dementia Commissioning Pack provides commissioners with a range of service specifications, tools and templates to help deliver the changes set out in the National Dementia Strategy. To request a copy please contact dementiacommissioningpack@dh.gsi.gov.uk

Call to action film

Real life examples of the impact antipsychotic drugs can have on people's lives with examples of the wonderful work that people are currently doing. Find out more about why this call to action is so important by watching the film, below.

NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement

Committed to working together

We have identified the following eight groups who we know are committed to working together to achieve our goal to ensure that people with dementia who are taking antipsychotics have a clinical review by 31 March 2012.

A specific commitment has been developed for each group to enable everyone to play their part to achieve the overall goal.

  • People with dementia and their carers& voluntary sector and advocacy groups (local and national)
  • Leaders of care homes
  • General Practitioners and primary care teams
  • Psychiatrists and mental health teams
  • Pharmacists
  • Hospital doctors and multidisciplinary teams (Download the Time for Action Time for Action (55 KB) summary and the Junior doctor dementia induction Junior doctor dementia induction (161 KB).
  • Commissioners of health and social care services
  • Medical and nursing directors of acute and foundation trusts

Summary of the commitments Summary of the commitments (199.73 KB)

Commitment drivers Commitment drivers (947.06 KB)

Alzheimer's Society

Alzheimers society

The Alzheimer’s Society has written best practice guidance for health and social care best practice guidance for health and social care (508.57 KB) professionals on the use of antipsychotics. The Society has also written information for people with dementia and their carers on the appropriate use of antipsychotics information for people with dementia and their carers on the appropriate use of antipsychotics (366.47 KB). For further information on antipsychotics and dementia, especially if you are a person with dementia, carer or family member, please visit the Alzheimer's Society website. 

Social Care Institute for Excellence

SCIEThe Social Care Institute for Excellence is supporting the call to action to reduce the use of anti psychotics in dementia sufferers. To see some of the wonderful work that they are currently undertaking please visit the Social Care Institute for Excellence website.

Get involved

Commit to changing this situaton by joining The Right Prescription on line community on the Call to Action Network. Or by emailing us and we be in touch to discuss the role that you can play in supporting this urgent and important work.