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The standard of care provided for people with dementia is "patchy", the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has said. Some people with the condition were not getting even basic levels of care, it added. The warning came as NICE unveiled new standards for dementia care in England, covering issues such as housing and access to leisure services. Care services were playing "catch-up" on dementia, it said. NICE's dementia guidance includes 10 standards it wants the care sector to follow. One calls for people with dementia to live in housing that meets their needs, while another says they should be given the support they need to access leisure activities. Others focus on keeping patients involved in community life and ensuring they get access to services such as dentists and opticians. BBC News As the number of people with dementia increases it is important that the adult social care workforce has the skills and knowledge needed to provide the high quality services required. Skills for Care has developed specific dementia qualifications at level 2 and 3 that support employers to meet standards as stipulated in CQC requirements. The health and social care diplomas at level 2 and 3 also have a specialist dementia pathway which allows learners to tailor their learning to their job role and demonstrates occupational competence.
For more information on the qualifications visit www.skillsforcare.org.uk